It’s that time of year – nights are getting longer, the cold has set in and a season’s worth of holidays brings family and friends together. With this in mind, we are pleased to bring you this year’s Holiday Blend. In the tradition of Holiday Blends past, we aim for a profile that is rich, sweet, and heavy bodied, with hints of chocolate and spices – a comforting cup that is easy to like. We roast the Holiday blend a little darker than our single origin coffees, drawing out more body in the coffee and making it a coffee that is delicious on its own but that is nicely complemented by cream.
This year, as in the past, we’ve composed Holiday Blend of three coffees that come together to produce a sweet and full cup sure to please anyone. The base of the blend is a clean, crisp strictly high grown coffee from the Guya’b cooperative in Guatemala. A washed Nicaraguan coffee from Beneficio Las Segovias adds body, sweetness and spice. The blend is rounded out with a heavy, fruity natural coffee from the Rwenzururu Kingdom in western Uganda. These three coffees combine to create a heavy, rich cup, exhibiting milk chocolate, molasses, dry spice and a hint of pine. Available online or in the cafes – Retail 12oz packages $13.25
We hope you and yours enjoy the holidays with this special annual blend. Get it while you can as it is only available through the New Year!
Who Wants a Brew Kit?!
We’ve put together some awesome deals on Brew Kits for the coffee-obsessed people in your life. You know who I’m talking about – the cousin who has the punch card for every cafe in the state, your dad who loves the ritual of baking, cooking & preparing food, your sister who has every gadget out there but lacks the tried-and-true coffee tools. They need a Hario Brew Kit or a Chemex brew package. Each include a Victrola mug and are wrapped and ready to go. Just add a bag of fresh roasted coffee!
Hario Brew Package Includes: Hario V60 Dripper, Package of paper filters, Hario Range Server, Hario Scale & Timer, Hario Drip Station, 10oz Victrola Mug – Reg. $185.00, on sale for $160.72!
Deluxe Hario Package Includes: Hario V60 Dripper, Package of paper filters, Hario Range Server, Hario Scale & Timer, Hario Drip Station, 10oz Victrola Mug -AND- Hario Buono Kettle! – Reg. $250.00, on sale for $217.25!
Chemex Brew Kit Includes: 6 Cup Wood Collar Chemex, Package of Paper Filters, Hario Scale & Timer, 10oz Victrola Mug – Reg. $127.00, on sale for $107.40!
You can find these items separately as well – take a peek at Victrola’s online store!
Happy Holidays & Stay Warm!
…I knew that you could!
We welcome another Peaberry from Kenya this month. It’s a Kenya-bonanza this season and you are the lucky crowd who gets to taste them both!
You’ve already been introduced to the Kenya Embu Kiviuvi Peaberry – now we’d like to introduce you to the Kenya Nyeri Gura directly from the Othaya Co-op. Brought to us by our good friend, Jim Kusak, pictured here with friends at the farm on location, these coffees are truly a cooperative effort. On the far left sits Edward, an agronomist at KCCC. Jim is standing in the middle of the the table and to his left stands the Chairman of the board at the Cooperative. Members of the Society sit at the table as well including the GM at the far end of the group. Over 30% of the members of the Cooperative in Kenya are women.
Kenya has a reputation of producing some of the finest and most complex coffees in the world. Victrola’s new peaberry from Nyeri lives up to that reputation. This particular lot comes to us from the Othaya Cooperative in Nyeri County. Othaya operates 18 coffee factories, or wet mills, one of which is the Gura Mill located on the banks of the fast flowing Gura River and processes the Kenya you see here.
Numerous highly-skilled, small scale coffee farmers grow in the rich volcanic soil of the Aberdare mountain range and bring their harvest to the mill to be processed. One of the key stages of production, pictured here, is immediately sorting the coffee cherries and selecting only the bright red ripe cherries to be pulped and processed. Quality controls, such as this one, are one of the reasons we are continually impressed with Kenyan coffees.
While we are assured the each mill we purchase coffee from has similar, strict quality standards, this does not imply that the coffees being produced at each mill offer the same experience in the cup. This lot, produced at the Gura Mill, has sweet and juicy aromatics of vanilla, chocolate and blackberry with complex berry and herbal quality in the cup and a lingering, winey finish. Our other current offering from Kenya, the Embu Kiviuvi, is also a peaberry lot but displays brighter, more grapefruit like citrus qualities.
Wet Mill: Gura
Region: Nyeri County
Elevation: 5577-5900 ft
Varietals: SL 28, SL 34, some Ruiri 11
Producer: Othaya Farmer’s Cooperative Society
Fragrance/Aroma: Vanilla, Chocolate, Blackberry
Flavor: Blackberry, Winey, herbal
Finish: Dry, Winey, Earthy
Here are some more photos from the Mills and Cooperatives in Kenya from which we’re getting these delicious coffees:
This beautiful peaberry coffee comes from the Kiviuvi Mill which borders the Mt. Kenya forest on the southeast edge of Mount Kenya. The 4000 member cooperative society was founded in 2001 and operates one wet mill in Embu County.
Take note of the unusual shape of these beans. Usually, two seeds develop inside the coffee cherry resulting in seeds with a rounded side and a flat side. In about 5% of coffee crops, one side of the seed never fully develops and the remaining seed grows into an ovoid shape leaving what you see here. These seeds, called peaberries, are occasionally sorted out of the rest of the lot making them especially rare. We are very pleased to offer two different peaberry lots from Kenya this year, this one from the Kiviuvi Mill and another from the Gura mill.
In the cup, Victrola’s Kenya Kiviuvi exhibits some classic Kenyan aromatics and flavors: sweet tomato notes cooling into ruby red grapefruit, sparkling acidity and pleasing mouthfeel.
This season Victrola bought the entire lot of Denis Teruel’s washed coffee from the Beneficio San Vicente mill in Honduras and it tastes better than ever. You may remember this coffee from earlier this year when it scored 91 on Coffee Review in January. We’ve sent it to Coffee Review again this month and Kenneth Davids has some nice notes to share about his experience tasting and evaluating the Honduras for his article where he deems it worthy of a 93 this time around. Thanks, Ken!
Did you know you can find Barista-made Syrups at the 15th Ave and the Pike St Victrola Cafes? Valrhona chocolate sauce, Cardamom Syrup & Vanilla Bean Syrup are all available and crafted by your baristas every week! Spices used in handmade syrups comes from local purveyor, World Spice Merchants. These guys are awesome!
Our FINAL ROAST of the Colombia Geisha AAA will be this Monday, October 14. You can order retail packages online (www.victrolacoffee.com) or email us (order@victrolacoffee) for retail package pick-up at the roastery in Seattle. We’d also recommend getting a pour over of this fabulous coffee at the cafes as well in the next week before it’s gone forever. So good!
**Update – we have received word that Victrola’s roast of the Colombia Geisha has scored a 96 on Coffee Review. Much thanks to Ken Davids for the review! This is Victrola’s highest score to date & we’re oh-so-excited to be able to share the coffee with you. Order beans online or run to your neighborhood Victrola to taste it as a pour over cup for $15.
Victrola is proud to announce the first batch of Colombia Geisha AAA has been roasted and shipped to very happy customers. The re-up orders have been coming in as well & reports are all very positive.
Glen on Facebook says: “Your Colombian Geisha smells like Fruit Loops. It’s fantastic.” Now, while that might be true, it is a very delicate and floral kind of aroma. Don’t expect to get a hit of synthesized sugary fruit and cereal grains, but rather a gentle waft of strawberry and honeysuckle followed by flavors of coffee infused honeycomb and tropical fruits. He’s right on about one thing though – it IS fantastic!
You’d like to taste a cup before you pre-order a bag of beans? No problem, buddy. We are roasting this very limited lot of Colombia Geisha every Friday for the next few weeks so it will be available at the cafes on 15th Ave and on Pike St as a Pour Over option for $15 per cup. But it won’t last much longer than that! Let us prepare a cup of this awesome coffee using the Hario Brewing set-up and weight parameters that we’ve designed specifically for this coffee.
If you choose to bring home a little Colombia Geisha – it’s $59.75 for an 8oz package and worth every penny – the Pour Over parameters that we’ve found yield the best flavor are as follows: 19g Coffee, 300g Water. Need a scale? You got it,
We are so excited to be able to offer this amazing and rare coffee to you all. This Geisha varietal from the award-winning farm in the Valle del Cauca region is why we do what we do – it’s delicious, rare, very high quality and has a great story. Not to be missed!
See you at the cafe!