Featured Coffee

Copper Tap Roasting Company by Steve Willingham

Starting today, we are featuring an exciting new coffee from some of our friends in Enid. I asked them to tell us a little about themselves and the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe that we love so much. Here's what they had to say:

Copper Tap Roasting Company’s story is quite unique. We are a not-for-profit coffee roasting company that has set a coffee standard in our community that didn't quite exist before. Eight years ago, while taking a family trip to Enid, Oklahoma, Sarah and Jeremiah Herrian decided that they would attempt to bridge the gap between the churches of Enid and the poor that was so prevalent in their area. It started as weekly park and apartment outreaches and has morphed into an Emergency Shelter, residence for former inmates, a community garden, a chic 5,000 sq. ft. “Pay it Forward” coffeehouse, and as of late, Copper Tap Roasting Company.
Copper Tap is an influential mark on our community. It has broken the familiarity of mediocre coffee and educated its community with the knowledge of great coffee. Copper Tap exists for a few reasons; To support local needs such as food and clothing for the poor, and to create a love and excitement for exceptionally roasted coffee. 

Sarah Herrian, owner of Five80 Coffeehouse, where Copper Tap is located, wanted the ability to expand our profit margins in order to give more to the poor. In doing so, we let our need be known as we started fundraising for our most expensive purchase yet, our coffee roaster. Chad Eastin, our first influential roaster, was instrumental in getting the equipment necessary to produce the coffee that we knew we could. Now, just 2 years in, Sam Graham has taken our coffee from humble beginnings to premier coffee. 

Legesse Kebede // Ethiopia

Location: Yirgacheffe
Farm/Washing Station: Local small farmers / Legesse Kebede Washing Station
Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Elevation: 1800-2100 m
Cup notes: Lemon, Rose, Green Tea

Colombia Manantiales del Frontino Geisha by Steve Willingham

We just received a new batch of coffee from Novel Coffee Roasters. The Colombia Manantiales del Frontino Geisha is a particularly exciting coffee. You guys may remember the Geisha (or Gesha) varietal from a special we did earlier this year. These coffees are really special, and I'm particularly excited to have one from Novel, one of our favorite roasters. Here's what Kevin Betts has to say about it:

Photo courtesy of Novel Coffee

Photo courtesy of Novel Coffee

Manantiales del Frontino boasts 170 hectares of dense, native forests and mountain streams that provide rich nutrients to its soil and thriving coffee trees. Farm owner Andres Felipe Londoño grows his Gesha variety coffee on only 10% of his farm, intentionally chosen for its nearby pine trees that provide shade and temperature control. Also cultivated here is a strong conviction for ripe cherry selection and perfect processing, all which contribute to the amazing clarity and incredible sweetness in the cup. Champagne-like acidity dances on the tongue and flavors of elderflower and mango are vivid and unforgettable. These attributes led this coffee to score higher on our cupping table than any other coffee we've carried this year!

 

This coffee will only be available temporarily. We'll have a few 6oz canisters for $25 and we'll feature it on the Chemex bar this weekend, but we have a very limited quantity. Don't wait until next week to get this coffee!

Ethiopian Single Origins and Last Exit Espresso by Michael Power

This week at Clarity we have one single origin from Heart Roasters in Portland, OR and both a coffee blend as well as a single origin offered by Ritual Coffee in San Fransisco, CA. 

From Ritual, we are offering a single origin Ethiopian from the Gera District of Jimma, Yukro. This area, which has often been overlooked for more well known regions such as Harrar and Kochere, is beginning to gain spotlight with their high-quality beans. With incredible attention to detail, the Yukro Cooperative picks only the ripest cherries, carefully processes these cherries, and then dries the coffee on raised beds. The wild coffee that is grown in this region, paired with the the close attention to detail, presents a coffee that is both bright with floral aromatics, as well as an extremely clean finish. In short, we dig this coffee. Secondly, the blended coffee, which they've named Last Exit, is comprised of two Guatemalans, a Columbian, and an El Salvadoran coffee. Named after a beautiful and nostalgic underpass in the Bay area, this coffee offers notes of pear and honeycomb (also note for a more elegant explanation of this coffee please look up the coffee description on Ritual's website, you will not be disappointed). 

Next, from Heart, we have another Ethiopian single origin from Nano Challa in Jimma. Nano is a cooperative- well known for its incredible management that leads this crop to be more tasty and successful harvest after harvest. After the coffee is picked, it is hand sorted to ensure the de-pulping and washing of only ripe cherries. The coffee is then washed and fermented for a small period of time before it is dried on raised beds. It is not often that we get a coffee, known for its floral notes that also stands out in milk, but Nano Challa definitely fits the bill. Finally, we have Heart's excellent Stereo Blend, comprised of Ethiopia Yukro and Colombia Milagrosa, offering notes of cola, cherry, and dark chocolate.