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The other star Kenya in our Collection: Karatu AA

Last year Jenny Howell went on her annual coffee buying trip to Kenya. Getting Mamuto – a consistently great coffee every year – was a no-brainer – but we were looking for other great lots as well. During the few days she was there she cupped through several hundred coffee lots; one in particular caught her attention and she purchased it without hesitation. That turned out to be our current Karatu AA. Later that summer this Karatu was one of twelve final contestants in the annual Dorman’s Coffee Competition for best coffee lot of the year. Dorman’s Coffee is a...

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A new look…

Starting Monday, we begin rolling out our new packaging! These bags are biodegradable, due to the Biotrē film, and feature a ziplock top. Biotrē Film is made from 60% (by weight) renewable wood pulp. The wood pulp portion is biodegradable. Third party testing per ASTM tests D-6868 and D-6400 confirmed that nearly 100% of the wood pulp portion will disintegrate into healthy compost in 84 days. This should be done in a backyard, home composting pile so the remaining 40% can be managed properly. The remaining 40% (by weight) of the bag is Polyethylene (PE) from fossil fuels with an...

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La Minita reaches new heights with the 2016 crop!

Finca Melico is a section of La Minita selected this year for its even, full ripening. The coffee cherries were picked during five days at the peak of the harvest, from January 5 to January 10, 2016. The beans were then radically sorted down to just 24% of that harvest, with every blemished bean eliminated. This lot is for me the long-awaited return of that great, classic La Minita harking back to the late 1980’s and early 90’s when The Coffee Connection was roasting it as the quality game changer it truly was. There is no other coffee that I...

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New Release: Kanzu Farmhouse Ale

A new collab beer between George Howell Coffee & Mystic Brewery. Last month, we teamed up with our friends over at Mystic Brewery again, to brew the second beer in our single origin coffee beer series. This time, we used our Kanzu, Rwanda and paired it with a saison. We used a little less coffee this time, which makes for a clean, bright, and fruity saison. The beer pours a beautiful apricot color, and the addition of a small amount of oats gives it a creamy texture. This is a limited batch, so make sure to ask your local craft beer store...

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