The Process


Roasting

Our San Franciscan roaster is a hand-crafted American-made work of art, designed and built by coffee roasting professionals in Carson City, NV, and is perfect for our small-batch roasts. We roast in the light to medium-dark range because we believe it brings out the most interesting flavors in the beans such as fruit, nut, and spice notes.

Cupping

We carefully select and cup every lot of green beans in our roastery in order to best describe its flavor profile. We start by smelling the ground coffee for fragrance notes. Next, we pour hot water over the grounds and smell for aromatic notes. Last, we slurp the liquid and taste for flavor notes. Our collective experience of the coffee becomes the basis for the descriptive labels you’ll find on our bags.

Current Selections

This Sulawesi is an estate-grown on the slopes of Mount Karua at the staggering height of over 8000 feet above sea level.  It’s one of the few Indonesian beans we roast lighter than medium-dark because it makes such a clean coffee with complex flavors and pleasant acidity.  At our shop, we’re serving it as a pour-over as well as single-origin espresso, so we think it’s pretty versatile!

  • Region: Tana Toraja
  • Producer: Rantekarua Estate
  • Process:  Fully washed & sun-dried
  • Notable: Organically-grown
  • Roast:  Medium
  • Tasting Notes: Delightfully complex with maple, crisp apple, pomegranate and hints of bubblegum. Syrupy body & approachable acidity.

Roberto Montero is the kind of guy we’d like to meet!  A third generation coffee farmer, Roberto has donated over 6,000 hectares of land to create La Amistad International Park, the largest natural reserve in Central America.  He has created 100 full time jobs for locals in coffee and dried fruit processing, and also provides housing and medical care for his seasonal indigenous workers from neighboring Panama.  This medium roast brings out all of the special qualities of this coffee and makes a very versatile brew!

  • Region: Province of Puntarenas
  • Producer: Roberto Montero of Finca Amistad
  • Process:  Washed
  • Notable: Organically-grown
  • Roast:  Medium
  • Tasting Notes: Toffee nut aroma with flavors of cocoa powder, honey, and a hint of plum.  Lively lime acidity yet smooth with lighter body.

MexiMela™ is our melange roast of 100% organic Mexican beans. Half of the batch is roasted light medium and the other half medium-dark to create greater complexity. Makes a well-balanced “everyday” cup of coffee that is also nice with cream! One of our all-time favorite blends!

  • Region: Chiapas
  • Producers: Family-owned farmers under Grupo de Asesores de Producción Orgánica y Sustentables (GRAPOS),
  • Process:  Washed
  • Notable: Organically-grown, fair trade
  • Flavor Notes:  Sweet caramelly aroma, vanilla, rich chocolate, nuttiness, mellow acidity

Route 606 is our ever-evolving medium roast house blend with solid body & a clean finish. Gets you in the express lane as a straight shot and is a sublime ride in a latte.

*2016 Bronze Medal winner in Compak Golden Bean roasting competition!

  • Region: The Americas and Indonesia
  • Varietal: Blend
  • Process: Washed & wet hulled (parchment & seed dried)
  • Notable: Organically-grown, fair trade
  • Tasting Notes: Caramel, cocoa nibs, cherry, orange rind, light lemon.

Ethically sourced from the most reputable cooperatives, this blend is incredibly flavorful and complex. The SWISS WATER® Process is environmentally friendly, chemical free, and 99.9% caffeine free. Don’t settle for less… this coffee tastes amazing!

  • Region: Latin America, Indonesia, Africa
  • Process: SWISS WATER® Decaffeination
  • Notable: Organically-grown, fair trade
  • Tasting Notes: Cocoa with toffee sweetness and herbal notes. Full body; green apple acidity. Excels as espresso and brew!

In this specially crafted darker blend, we combine our natural, crowd-pleasing Brazil, with a washed Indonesian Timor. The result is a deeper brew with very mild acidity.  We named it Black Sheep Blend not only because it’s a roast that diverges from our usual style, but also for our shop’s unconventional business model and physical location on the “other side of the street” from the Plymouth Downtown District.  It’s good to stand out from the flock!

  • Regions: a special house blend of beans from Brazil & Timor
  • Process: Natural and washed beans
  • Roast: Flirting with the darker side
  • Notable: Organically grown
  • Tasting Notes:  Deep cocoa and molasses tones; mild acidity

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