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Help Wanted! DIY Holidays For Our 2014 Calendar

We need help. We are working on our 2014 Dogs of Coffee calendar and writer's block has set in. In the past, we have spiced up our calendars with our very own witty, funny, snarky holidays,scheduled reminders and events such as: 

  • Fair-Enough Trade Day
  • Leap Day Eve
  • Your Lucky Day
  • Cupping Lecture: How Much Lingleberry is Too Much Lingleberry?
  • Take Your Barista To Work Day
  • Photography Series: How to Take Super Macro Pictures of Coffee Cherry. 8pm


This time around, we need your help. Please send us your suggestions for holidays, events, etc that you feel the coffee world really needs before Nov. 1st and we include as many as possible. Tweet them to us, send them to our Facebook or email them to 2014coffeedogs@gmail.com (yes, it's a real email address). A free calendar will be sent to the first 20 people that submit holidays that make the cut. Thanks! We should have the calendar done before Thanksgiving.

A Trio of Additions From Ethiopia and Rwanda

Ethiopia FTO - Layo Teraga is juicy with floral peach, ripe citrus notes of orange, pomello, pineapple, mango, lychee and well integrated acidity.

Ethiopia Gedeo Yirga Cheffe is loaded with tangerine, honeydew melon, and limeade in a refreshing cup.

Rwanda Mutovu Coop with apple-like fruited brightness, sweet spice, praline, maple, and weighty mouthfeel.

Talkin' Dirty (Brewers)

We’ve been revisiting the importance of keeping your brewing equipment clean.  The residues and oils that naturally build up can taint your coffee and if they’re left unchecked for too long can ruin your brewing equipment.  A regular equipment cleaning is inexpensive and a necessary part of the process of brewing great coffee.  Mineral buildup can cause electric coffee makers to brew at a lower temperature, out of the recommended 195-205° range.  We sell a few types of cleaners so we decided to do tests, with before and after shots, of brewing equipment.  All the tests soaked in the cleaner for a few hours, some more than others depending on how dirty they were!  


The project started because one of our employees took home some Urnex...

Cuptober Fest 2013

Our Coffee Shrub roasting wizard, Chris Schooley flew in yesterday and roasted a few batches on our Probat L12. He roasted one to near perfection and really messed up the others...and then he borrowed Tom's skillet and totally scorched a small batch as well. OK, wait! Yes, he did all this on purpose, and for a good reason too. A little while back, Chris blogged about stretching out roasts so we thought it would be fun to get some folks together and taste the differences between roast batches that have been extended, shortened, baked and scorched.


A New Guatemala Lot and Two New Blends

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Tono Sanchez has blackberry syrup, apple juice and pear married with dark chocolate and cinnamon.

Sweet Maria's Aviador Dro Decaf Blend is a great dual use blend that works well across the roast spectrum with simple syrup sweetness and big body.

Sweet Maria's Altiplano Blend is another dual use blend that has apricot sweetness, silky mouthfeel, and black tea notes.