The Cartel cold brew skinny

The Cartel cold brew skinny

If you are like me, you find cold brewed Cartel coffee to be one of a kind. There really isn’t anything else that simultaneously quenches the thirst and re-energizes in such a delicious way. If you’re curious about what makes our cold brew unique, keep reading.

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Tasting and palette expansion

Tasting and palette expansion

Often times, consumers feel overwhelmed when it comes to specialty coffee.  Usually, the menus are fairly straight forward.  With that, however, comes a slight lack of written information. Maybe this inspires a barista to verbally fill in the blanks with long list of strange-sounding names, words for describing a drink that you have never heard before, or even the suggestion that it tastes “Just like plums and chocolate!” Taking what your barista might say with seriousness is important in growing to really understand common terminology and taste preferences.  However, there is always room to drink what you like.

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Have coffee will travel

Have coffee will travel

Whether for business or pleasure, being outside of my usual surroundings and interacting with completely different folks always promises adventure and education. Something I have learned is that in order to maximize these benefits, I need certain ‘anchors’ of familiar comfort in my journeys. In my world, the number one anchor is my coffee each morning.

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Cartel introduces new Mexican coffee, LDC Chiapas

Cartel introduces new Mexican coffee, LDC Chiapas

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store is a washed Mexican coffee, LDC Chiapas.

Mexican coffees represent some of the world’s least realized coffee potential. Many regions will share terroir and climate characteristics with neighboring Guatemala, but lack infrastructure and, therefore, reputation for quality. Las Delicias is a community of 21 farms from around the town of La Independencia in Chiapas, Mexico with a desire to see that change.

The community is a sub-organization of the E-café cooperative, a faith-based social enterprise seeking to unlock the potential of all the coffee producing regions of Chiapas—Mexico’s most poverty stricken state. The efforts are two-fold: improving the quality of the coffee produced there and improving the lives of its producers. Cartel is proud to be a partner in this venture by featuring this manifestation of both goals!

We taste milk chocolate and butterscotch with a silky body.

Great resources for coffee beginners

Great resources for coffee beginners

James Hoffman is a seasoned coffee professional.  From theorist to barista, he has spent years developing thoughts and opinions, testing them with conversation and practical analysis.

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Cartel introduces new Kenyan coffee, Weithaga

Cartel introduces new Kenyan coffee, Weithaga

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store is a washed Kenyan coffee, Weithega.

Kenya has established a reputation for producing some phenomenally clean, juicy, and fruit-forward coffees in recent years. Washed Kenyas, like this Weithaga, get their characteristic acid profile in part from an extra freshwater soak the beans undergo during processing. 

This beautiful example consists of SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, and Batian varieties grown between 1700 and 1900 meters above sea level in the Kahuro district. 

We taste: blood orange, black currant, and clove.

The truth about decaf

The truth about decaf

A question I get a lot at the roaster is how I decaffeinate my beans. Well, I don’t. Decaffeination is something that is done only to unroasted (green) coffee before it is delivered to a roaster. I source decaffeinated coffee in the same way as my other offerings—tasting and deliberating among several options. A caveat is that decaffeination is a very involved process, and always adds an additional cost to a bean. Like any coffee, the trick is finding something that is both delicious and a good value.

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Cartel introduces new Papau New Guinea coffee, Rika Rika

Cartel introduces new Papau New Guinea coffee, Rika Rika

Coming this week to our cafés and our online store is a new Papau New Guinea coffee, Rika Rika.

Rika Rika is a relatively small cooperative of farmers from the rural areas of Hengonofi and Okapa Districts of the Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea. 

Their coffees consist of washed Arusha, Bourbon, and Typica varieties grown between the impressively high range of 1800 to 2200 meters above sea level. Volcanic soil, plentiful rains, and cooler climate are responsible for this region’s uniqueness.

We taste: grape acidity, buttery body, and notes of hazelnut.

The different methods of processing

The different methods of processing

The coffee bean is the seed of a coffee cherry.  Think of it like a normal cherry with a pit.  Two “beans” grow inside of the coffee cherry. In order to access the bean in the way that it is roasted and served, the coffee cherry must go through a process of stripping off fruit. 

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