‘Twas the Sat before Christmas and all through the Town….
“What gifts for the big day” was the sound that abounds.
The malls are too crowded with shoppers shop shopping,
The roads, a big mess…..I’ll not go car hopping!
Just then t an idea came into their heads…
an idea that was brilliant….light years ahead
Caffe Amouri is the place that I’ll go
To get gifts that friends love…will make them aglow
On coffee, on tea on press pots and drippers
Caffe Amouri makes Christmas much richer!
CAFFE AMOURI – Where coffee meets community
THERE ARE THOSE RARE COFFEES THAT SHOW UP AND MAKE EVERYONE IN THE ROOM SAY…..
“WOW! THAT IS INSANE!”
Most coffee in the world comes from smallhoders. Craftsmen farmers who nurture the soil, their communities and their families with their hands. They traditionally took their coffee to market on Saturday and sold it to a warehouse where it was blended….Jewels disappeared in the soup.
Importer Café Imports asked their producer partners to separate small lots so they could cup them. If they cup well, they will pay premiums to the producers; equivalent to their real worth of time, effort and craft. Essentially, treating like fine wine or great food.
While microlots are traceable lots of coffee that have been around for years, ACES are different in that they universally WOW everyone in the cupping lab enough to say “We should ACE that!” Those coffees that make an impression on you forever; coffees that make you shake your head in disbelief while tasting them and that make people believe in the craft of coffee.
When coffees come across the cupping table that are stunning, gorgeous and near perfect examples of what the origin and process should taste like, they will be put into this program. The promise is that no coffee that isn’t the best will ever be ACED.
The ACE program is put into place to celebrate the farmer, the altitude, the varietal and the sun. The craft and livelihood of people who live from the commerce of coffee and hopefully make their lives richer by bringing the best coffees on the planet to the people who like to drink them.
It’s been a long time since I’ve travelled internationally and so I forgot how….uh…..fun it could be.
Why Costa Rica? Why now? You may ask why….I ask…Why not? But really, this is an opportunity to go along with my bean broker, Cafe Imports, to visit coffee Fincas, experience cuppings, see the harvesting and processing of the cherries and garner a greater understanding of the bean itself.
This is important as a roaster as a greater understanding of the bean, how it’s been grown and processed, means that I can work on roast profiles that try to bring out the best they have to offer.
Side note – pretty cool watching the Super Bowl in a bar in Costa. I’ve been to SB parties in Maryland and Va…..but not Costa!
But back to the fun!
T’was the night before Christmas and we had to decide
What coffee to put out for Santa’s big ride
The cookies are baked, all ready to eat,
But we need a great coffee to be Santa’s treat
For Santa will want treats not just to eat,
but to take along with him to complete his great feat
What we don’t want, no definitely not
Is a coffee that tastes like it’s burned in the pot.
We need a REAL coffee, rich, mellow and hot
Let’s check Santa’s route, and see what we’ve got
Sumatra, perhaps that’s where we should start
The bean is so creamy with nary a tart
It’s earthy and smooth, full bodied and sweet
Yes Sumatra’s a bean that cannot be beat
We look at the globe we study it keen
Oh where else to look for our special bean?
Guatemala with soil so ashen and nice?
They do send us beans with chocolate and spice
Cinnamon and fruit, they all do comply
In a flavor so rich….it’s hard to deny.
But the hours goes by, last presents need wrapping
What coffee to serve before I go napping ?
Brazil, when it’s natural and laid out in the sun
with rich dry fruit flavor that’s second to none?
So nutty and soft and bitterly sweet?
A cup of Brazil? A true Santa treat!
Ethiopia, the place where the first bean was first found?
With Harrar and Yergacheffe (aren’t those pirate sounds?)
One has rich chocolate, blueberry and spice
The other is citrusy, sunny and bright
it’s a coffee that Santa could take on his sleigh
and with a wink and a nod….be on his way
Perhaps a nice blend would be Santa’s choice
Combining great flavors into one voice
‘Nic’s Sugar and Spice’ just might be the one
With Guat and Harrar lightly tickling his tongue
Whatever we choose, we know Santa will love
The coffee he’ll sip as he soars way above.
And as we approach the end of our story
Peace and Love to you all
From Caffe Amouri