Thursday, July 23, 2009

Coffee Shop News

During the last 6 month we have been increasingly busy in our coffee shop at Jægersborggade, with our wholesale accounts and consultancy. At the same time conditions in Roskilde have been more difficult than expected.

To be able to focus our work where we get the most of it, we have therefore choosen to close our coffee shop in Roskilde. Our last day in Roskilde will be Saturday 25th of July. For those in Roskilde who might miss our beans, you can find them online here. We have enjoyed brewing coffee to the good people of Roskilde and hope to see you once and a while at Jægersborggade!

At Jægersborggade we will now be able to expand our opening hours during the rest of the summer! From Saturday the 1st of August we will therefore have the following summer-opening-hours:

Monday-Friday 7.30 - 21.00
Saturday 9.00 - 21.00
Sunday 10.00 - 21.00

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Kiawamururu - New Direct Trade from Kenya

Thursday August 6th we’re launching our new Direct Trade Kenya AA Top from the Kiawamuru Cooperative Wet Mill. The Mill (or Factory as they call it) is part of the Rumukia Farmers Co-operative Society situated in the Nyeri District.

From 17:00 to 20:00 on August 6th at Jægersborggade we’ll be hosting a small event with talks and pictures a from our trips to Kenya. We’ll be doing two groups: One starting at 17:00 and one again at 18:30. Of course You will also have a chance to taste the New Coffee.

Kiawamururu Factory is located 160 Km from Nairobi and 4.5 Km from Mukurweini town along the Nairobi-Nyeri highway. This area lies at an altitude of 1500 MASL on the fertile foothills of Mt. Kenya and Aberdare ranges slope.

The two gentlemen on the picture above are Operational Manager of Kiawamururu Peter Kingori and Chairman of the Kiawamururu factory Patrick Kinyua.

We bought this lot directly from the people at Kiawamururu Factory paying them a price more than double the Fair Trade price for the spectacular quality. When Casper test roasted the coffee he had some of the most intense top aromas from first pop he ever had experienced. The Black Current notes were very significant in our early cuppings of this coffee but drop by yourself on the 6th of August to do you own assesment!

Untill then you can read more about our travels to Kenya in Peters report from he's trip earlier this year here and here.

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Hoff on Crema

Video by James Hoffmann that all should see!

James has been a good friend of us for years now. He's long been a fantastic blogger and spokesperson for speciality coffee. When he and Anette opened up Square Mile we were stoked. We're thrilled that James is now also video blogging and honered to be mentioned in the first episode.

What he talks about it this and this How crema is not the goal of a good espresso at all - quite the opposite. I think James says it in the video better than we possibly can, so take the time and enjoy listening to his soothing voice.

One little side-note before baristas out there begin ignoring the crema completely is that it is still one way of telling whether or not you - the barista - are doing your job right. You can tell a lot about actual the extraction from looking at the crema both during the pour and after. And since we can't taste all shots we serve (for obvious reasons) we have to rely on the visual indications we get from the crema. When that's said, crema should never be the goal in sourcing beans, roasting, blending or brewing.

Cups are back in stock

The headline says it all. We got a new delivery of our Ancap cups and they are now again available for sale in our stores and webshop.

To read more about our cups see this post from January last year.