Single Speed Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeo

Single Speed Coffee // Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeo

At least once every couple of months or so, I get a submission request from a home roaster. I always turn them down; I’ve had home roasts before—from Behmors and heat guns and rotisserie grills and stove tops and ovens—and I’ve never been impressed by them. Here we have our...
ICYMI: April 13 - April 19

ICYMI: April 13 – April 19

In case you missed it, the Table was introduced to a brilliant new coffee roasting operation by the name of Ruby Coffee Roasters. Plus we at long last unveiled the CTA Coffee Map, version 2.0! Dear Reader, before I forget, this is the week that was! ICYMI: APRIL 14 RUBY COFFEE ROASTERS //...
CTA Coffee Map 2.0

CTA Coffee Map 2.0

Last month I followed the popular trend of public transit maps which denote area culinary hotspots/bars/cafes and created the CTA Coffee Map. I was particularly inspired by an NYC subway coffee map that appeared on Gizmodo. I knew when I posted it that the map wasn’t complete, so I asked...
Ruby Coffee Roasters // Colombia Aguacate

Ruby Coffee Roasters // Colombia Aguacate

Colombia Aguacate hails from a group of 30 small-scale producers in the District of Santa Barbara, Municipality of Sandonà, Department of Nariño and was the first selection Jared Linzmeier made for Ruby Coffee’s menu. The coffee is traditionally fully washed process in micro-mills at each farm and naturally fermented in cement...
Ruby Coffee Roasters // Sulawesi Toarco Peaberry

Ruby Coffee Roasters // Sulawesi Toarco Peaberry

This coffee constitutes something of a rarity, in that it’s a fully washed coffee from Sulawesi, where the more traditional wet hulling process is nearly ubiquitous. With this coffee, we see the results of a partnership between a Japanese coffee company and local investors to establish a wet mill in...
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Passion House Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Lake Kivu Kabirizi

Passion House Coffee Roasters // Rwanda Lake Kivu Kabirizi

Lake Kivu is a great area in Rwanda.  The climate of the lake and the volcanic soil come together in some magical way to make deep cherry fruit tones in these lovely coffees.  An extra bonus for this specific coffee is that it is certified organic. Cooperative pour la Promotion des Activities-Cafe (COOPAC) is a...
Writer's Block at Chicago Coffee Con 2014

Writer’s Block at Chicago Coffee Con 2014

It is with great pleasure and a whole lot of excitement that the Table announces that I, Drew Moody, will be participating in a round table discussion called “Writer’s Block—a Coffee Bloggers and Authors’ Round Table” at the 2014 Chicago Coffee Con! Kevin  Sinnott (of Coffee Companion), Nick Brown (of Daily Coffee News), and I will be...
K-Cups Are No Laughing Matter

K-Cups Are No Laughing Matter

For the past couple of April Fools Days, I’ve posted a phony positive review of a Green Mountain K-Cup, but after reading a recent article about the financial and environmental impacts of the K-Cup, I decided that they are no laughing matter. I, of course, used to be of the opinion “if you like K-Cups, whatever—enjoy...
Novel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kilenso Natural

Novel Coffee Roasters // Ethiopia Kilenso Natural

Novel Coffee makes its debut at the Table today with a natural selection from Ethiopia. Kilenso Mokonissa is one of the smallest villages in the Borena Hagermariam District of Sidama. Coffee farmers in this area are typically subsistence farmers who pick coffee cherries that grow wild or in small backyard garden plots. In the past the coffees...
#ICYMI: March 23 - March 29

#ICYMI: March 23 – March 29

In case you missed it, Africa took over the Table this week with reviews of a Kenya and a Burundi from Halfwit Coffee Roasters. London’s own Square Mile Coffee finally made its debut here at the Table with a Burundi of their own. Then we showcased an uplifting story that comes out of an area...
Latte Art Saves Lives: Benefiting Victims of the Oso Mudslide

Latte Art Saves Lives: Benefiting Victims of the Oso Mudslide

Oso Mudslide On Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. local time, a major landslide occurred near Oso, Washington, when a portion of a hillside collapsed, sending mud and debris across the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. As of March 27, 2014, 25 people are confirmed dead and 90 are reported missing or unaccounted for as a result...
Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Burundi Kirema

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Burundi Kirema

Burundi is a small landlocked country in Southeastern Africa, bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is one of the poorest in the world, plagued with tribal conflict like it’s neighbors but with less international awareness. Even though coffee makes up an incredible 93% of its exports, instability in...
Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Kenya Mchana

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Kenya Mchana

Despite grower discontent and urban encroachment on prime coffee lands, Kenya continues to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. The sample that Halfwit Coffee recently sent me hails from Mchana Estate, which is located in Ruiru—a village in the Kiambu county of central Kenya. Owned by KOFINAF Company Limited, Mchana Estate is the...

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