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Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Half Acre Beer Company // Shrub Tundra Coffee Brown Ale

Shrub Tundra is an American Brown Ale, infused with coffee from Half Acre’s longtime collaborators, Dark Matter Coffee Company. The coffee was grown on the slopes of Finca San Jeronimo Miramar, in Atitlan, Guatemala. Whenever these two giants of Chicago-based imbibery get together, magic happens, […]

Mikerphone Brewing // Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #4

Mikerphone Brewing // Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit Batch #4

Smells Like Bean Spirit was a great success for the folks at Mikerphone Brewing, so they’ve followed it up with Imperial Smells Like Bean Spirit—a much heavier, boozier variant of the original. Is it also tastier? Well, we’re going to find out today! Imperial Smells […]

Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

The Burundi province of Kayanza consists of a series of rolling hills. High altitude and plenty of rain are a constant in this region, but the area enjoys a great diversity in flavor attributed to each hill’s micro-climate. Ninga Hill refers to a specific lot brought to us through the Bukeye Washing Station. We were immediately attracted to this lot because of its remarkable balance and complexity. Floral and sweet like many east African coffees, we detect subtle notes of hibiscus and apple swirled together within a light and vibrant body. The consistently beautiful profile is the result of the virtue of the bean combined with meticulous processing techniques that come from being a Special Select coffee. “Special Select” means that added attention is given to the picking process—additional floating tests ensure that only the ripest cherries of ideal density comprise the final lot. Even given these extra-careful processing measures, this coffee still enamors and surprises us. It is a pleasure to introduce the Ninga 10 Special Select to Metric’s offerings.

The ideal climate and elevation of Burundi lends itself to quality beans, but as most specialty coffee roasters know, it is about the processing that can really make or break a coffee. That’s what makes this lot so special. The Bukeye Washing Station is built and owned by Ben and Kristy Carlson. An American family that made themselves a part of the community with their Long Miles Coffee Project, Ben and Kristy farm alongside locals to produce outstanding coffees. They are committed to their community by helping farmers better understand how to grow this crop, by using organic and sustainable farming methods, and by focusing on employing women in the industry. Burundi has overcome a history of civil conflict, and is determined not to be left behind in the world of coffee. It is important to partner with people who share resources and knowledge—these tools are vital not only in producing outstanding coffees, but in building better futures for the people who live and work within this unique and promising country.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot, from Metric Coffee in Chicago, Illinois, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

region: Ninga Hill, Kayanza, Burundi
farm: Bukeye Washing Station
producer: smallholder farmers
association: Long Miles Coffee Project
elevation: 1770 meters above sea level
cultivars: Heirloom, Bourbon, Jackson Hybrid
process: fully washed, raised bed dried

CUPPINGNOTES

Orange, Honey, Stone Fruit

FINALTHOUGHTS

 

*content courtesy of Metric Coffee

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Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

The country of Ecuador lies along the Andean mountain range, nestled between Peru and Colombia. With primarily heirloom varietals, small family farms, and altitude in abundance, Ecuador has the foundation to produce some of the world’s finest coffees. However, the coffee industry there has mainly […]

Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

The Rwanda Nyarusiza washing station is one of two owned by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, an inspirational entrepreneur in the Rwandan coffee industry. Epiphanie was widowed during the 1994 genocide but chose to stay on her family’s small coffee farm and rebuild her business. She founded Buf […]