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2013 Year in Review

Posted by Sam Schroeder on

  Before January 1st, back in November of 2012 it was announced that we were Roast Magazine’s 2013 Micro Roaster of the Year. Naturally, we celebrated by throwing a huge party at our roastery on the November 15th our 7 anniversary of being in business. Our party was covered by the Weekly Volcano, and featured excellent coffee, organic beer, tamales and live music by Lazer Zeppelin and The Maxines. Capitol Boulevard build out By the time the first of the year rolled around we had just signed a lease on what was to become our Capitol Boulevard Coffee Bar. This...

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Banko Natural - Ethiopia Scores 94 points on Coffee Review!

Posted by Oliver Stormshak on

Blind Assessment: Richly pungent; deep, complex. Strawberry, cedar, night-blooming flowers, dark chocolate, a hint of brandy. Balanced, vibrant acidity; full, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor, particularly chocolate, saturates a sweet, very slightly drying, finish. Notes: This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. It is a dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Banko, established in 2012, is one of twenty-three primary cooperatives located...

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