This morning I rolled out of bed knowing that my first cup of coffee would be the Hartmann Natural #5. I put water on the stove and measured out 30 grams of coffee into my Comandante grinder. Turning the handle, feeling the coffee beans mince into precise, even granules emitting a profuse lavender and peach fragrance that commuted into pleasingly sweet maraschino cherry aromatics. It’s the mystery of coffee that each day it can taste somewhat different. That every brew, every degree of water temp or roast temp or grind size will make a different cup of coffee. I love it.
And this weekend I’ll be heading to the Hartmann farm in the Chiriquí province of Panama, where this coffee was meticulously grown and picked and processed. I’ll taste the available coffees from the current crop and pick out the next round of amazing aromatics that will grace our cups.
Don't forget the DoubleShot 14th birthday celebration is Sunday, March 4. Come join us from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for complimentary coffee and craft beer, snacks and live music. And cake. Bring a friend!
Less than a month ago, I traveled to Costa Rica to taste new coffees and visit the farms of some of our flagship coffees. Below is an excerpt from my journal and photos of the people and places I visited.
Sitting on the front porch at La Minita. Yesterday Jim and I left the DoubleTree around 930a and drove to La Minita. I had been talking about running to a place called Puente Negro, so Jim decided to go there, which he called “a shortcut.” I tried to memorize the turn off the main road and landmarks along the way so I could try not to get lost along the route. Puente Negro is a bridge spanning the Candelaria River. It was built in 1932, and feels as if it might collapse at any moment. A cable span with old boards that are broken and bent, creeping across, trying to stay on the runner, cables creeping loudly. My stomach was tight as we were crossing.
We arrived at La Minita and ate lunch _ steak and french fries. Then we drove to La Pastora. Johnny went with us and sat quietly in the back seat. Minor’s daughter Nitsi greeted us wearing a Costa Rican floppy hat and a bandana draped over her neck. Minor arrived and had his familiar smile. After taking photos of honey coffees on raised beds and lots of photos of the family, we went to see a cupping room he’s building up the hill, overlooking the patios. Next to the future cupping room is an entertaining area, where we all gathered to have some beverages.
We started with coffee.