This Wednesday, December 3rd, we are stoked to welcome our friends from Stumptown Coffee Roasters for a special holiday coffee tasting at our 3 Logan Square cafe. This event, which is open to the public (that means YOU!) starts at 11AM and will feature some rare and super special coffees: Guatalama Finca El Injerto and Panama Hacienda la Esmeralda - more info on these beauties below. If you want to get in on this happening, there's no need to RSVP or anything - just show up ready to sip and learn.
We've talked a lot about Stumptown in the past, but a quick refresher: founded in 1999 in Portland, OR by Duane Sorenson, Stumptown is committed to sourcing, roasting and serving coffee with the uptmost care and respect for all parties involved. Their committent to the Direct Trade model of buying coffee is inspiring, and a big part of what drew HubBub to them in the first place.
The core tenants of the Direct Trade strategy of coffee-acquisition are: creating and maintaining strong relationships with farmers, offering incentives for quality, and transparancy. It's a global way of looking at coffee that seeks to benefit everyone along the chain, all the way from the people growing, to the people drinking the coffee. Stumptown has made a huge name for themselves since their founding and have since expanded to include roasteries and cafes in Seattle and New York/Brooklyn. You can read more on Stumptown's history here.
Now, about those coffees we mentioned above...yowza, are they gonna be fun to drink.
We wrote back in July about the Guatalama Finca El Injerto, which is prized around the world for its cosmically balanced flavor profile: a grapefruity, orange marlade-y zing smoothed out with notes of cognac and chocolate cake. Reminiscent of a dessert you might order in a Parisian cafe, no?
The Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda is a storied - nay, mythical - coffee, coveted by coffee afficiandos everywhere. We're sure our Stumptown pals will spend time discussing this coffee's history and flavor profile tomorrow, but if you want to do a little studying up in advance, Hacienda La Esmeralda has a great website with lots of info to explore.
Reading about coffee is great and everything, but nothing beats actually tasting it and letting the pros school you. If that sounds like an excellent way to spend part of a chilly December morning, we'll see you tomorrow!