New Kenya from farmer Symon Mariku by Steve Willingham

Today we have a new coffee from Novel Coffee Roasters out of Dallas. Kevin Betts wants to tell you a bit about it.

Symon Mariku (photo courtesy of Novel Coffee)

Symon Mariku (photo courtesy of Novel Coffee)

In June of this year, I had the privilege of visiting Njuwato Estate in Kirinyaga while on a sourcing trip in Africa. Njuwato is owned by Symon Mariku, a retired civil servant and agronomist. It was at his 12 acre estate that I saw the most intentional and sophisticated approach to cultivating and processing coffee that I'd seen on my entire trip. From crafting organic fertilizer from composted cherries and tree clippings to planting trees in basins to trap rainwater, everything was done with meticulous attention to detail. I left Njuwato with the quiet hope that we'd found a flavor goldmine. Soon after I returned to the U.S., we were able to blind cup Symon's coffee against our production Kenyas and a number of other Kenyan farms I visited. Let me tell you, I was right: goldmine. This is an extremely vibrant and dynamic cup, full of tart cranberry and juicy currant. 

Symon's annual production is extremely small, and we bought as much of his SL-28 AB lot that we could get our hands on. To celebrate this rare find, we're releasing his coffee in special limited edition packaging with hand drawn illustration from our own Ben Lytle and a postcard with extended bio on Symon.

Don't miss out.

You can come grab a bag or a cup of it right away. Just ask for Symon Mariku's coffee.

Tweed Coffee Roasters by Steve Willingham

Today, we have a new roaster on the bar. Here's a little note from them to you.

Tweed Coffee has been roasting in Dallas since 2013. We are an evolution of Houndstooth Coffee- a quality focused cafe with locations in Austin & Dallas that was one of the very first to offer coffees from multiple roasters.

Tweed is a simple weave that takes quite a lot effort to produce. Starting with the right materials & woven with care, it can be both resilient & elegant, durable in the most extreme conditions & fashionable in the most formal. 

We focus on sourcing & roasting coffees in the same spirit. Starting with the right raw materials & roasting with care, our coffees go out into the world to be the cup you start your day with, or the platform for a conversation. The fuel to get you through your day, or the highlight of it. Durable in the most extreme conditions & fashionable in the most formal. We hope to provide something for you to weave the moments of your day around, something simple, comfortable, enjoyable.

Cheers y'all

Tweed's Ethiopia Sidama Guji will be on espresso for the rest of the week.  Don't miss out!