Blue Orchid is Huckleberry’s house espresso blend. We serve this coffee every day in our cafes, and it is designed to be approachable, both as espresso and as a brewed coffee, with and without milk. If you’ve ever had a great latte experience at one of Huckleberry’s cafes, Blue Orchid was the base.
While the Blue Orchid blend does change frequently, we try to maintain a sweet, full-bodied, chocolate and caramel flavor profile by using Central and South American coffees specifically chosen for those qualities. This is great tasting comfort coffee, and is a well-rounded crowd pleaser, especially if some of that crowd likes cream in their cup, or is still making the transition from darker roast profiles into specialty coffee. We love intense floral aromatics, but some mornings we just want the chocolate, toffee, and a bit of milk in our mug, and for those days, Blue Orchid is our go-to.
The current version of Blue Orchid is a blend of Brazil Fazenda Cachoera de Grama and a washed coffee grown by AProCafé El Grano in Guatemala.
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We love the balance of approachability and jaw-dropping flavors that great Colombian coffees can exhibit, and Las Brisas has been one of our favorite Colombians for the past few years running. Last August we had the chance to visit the group, and we're looking forward to not just roasting this year's harvest, but also many harvests ahead. In this crop we taste bright green grape and citrus, balanced by sweet flavors of stone fruit, cherry cobbler, and caramel. All of this makes this an exciting coffee for the nerds, and also a friendly coffee for less-seasoned specialty coffee drinkers, too.
Las Brisas is grown by growers in ASOQUEBRADON growers group, based around the town of Rioblanco, Tolima. This area sits near the juncture of Colombia's three mountain ranges, or cordilleras, and the name Las Brisas refers to the strong winds blowing through the region.
We roast quite a bit of coffee grown by small producers. Las Brisas and our other Colombian coffees are unique in that smallholder farmers mill, wash, and dry their coffee individually, at their farms, rather than at a centralized wet mill. Most of our other smallholder coffees, like Guatemala Atitlán el Grano, Ethiopia Adado, and Rwanda Kanzu, for example, are picked and delivered in its cherry to a centralized washing station, where it is processed collectively.
Individual processing can create challenges for consistency and quality, but luckily our export partner Caravela's regional team of Davier and Wilfer work together with the growers to improve farming and washing practices, to help ensure that the coffee is delicious. All of the farmers who make up Las Brisas are well-practiced in proper fermentation and washing, and dry their coffees on covered beds for slow, even drying and protection from Colombia's rains.
Careful growing, proven varieties, excellent terroir, and skilled processing help create an impeccable, dynamic coffee that we think you'll love. Las Brisas has sweetness that lovers of more basic, milk-friendly coffees will enjoy, but also packs a punch of stellar, fruity brightness and the juicy flavors that excite the roasting team here at Huckleberry.
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Mmmm...jelly donuts. That's what we thought when we tasted our second roast of this year's El Cedral. The first roast was pretty good, too, but there's a reason we don't sell the first roast. Now that we're in full swing, El Cedral is the coffee of the month for September.
El Cedral was Huckleberry's first non-African natural-processed single origin coffee last year, and we've been looking forward to 2018 ever since. Before David Fasman tasted El Cedral on a visit to Costa Rica two years ago, we were waiting for a Central American natural that met the same standards we've come to expect from Ethiopia and Burundi. Luckily El Cedral was a stunner on that visit, and is a banger this year, too.
El Cedral is one of two coffees we'll roast this year from CoopeDota, a cooperative of growers based in the Dota cantón of Costa Rica's Central Valley. This cooperative is a leader in Costa Rica's push for sustainable coffee, and was the first carbon neutral coffee producer on the planet. Our other CoopeDota coffee, Santa Maria, is grown on multiple smallholder farms, and is a more predictable, though equally delicious cup. In contrast, El Cedral is a single farm, collectively owned by all of CoopeDota, that operates as an experimental model farm to help individual farmers learn better growing and processing practices.
If you've loved our other naturals like Ardi, Beriti, and Gitwe Natural, we'd suggest brewing up a bit of this gem. El Cedral's got the clean berry flavors we've come to expect from the best African naturals, plus some of the richer pastry-like and chocolaty backbone we love in washed Central American coffees. We're calling that combo of flavors jelly donut, tangerine, berries, and generally delicious.View full product details
We're almost at the point where we're losing track, but this is the sixth year roasting Ardi! This is our favorite natural year after year, and our 2018 lot is loaded with the in-your-face fruit and subtle chocolate we've come to expect, and also packs some lovely florality. We're stoked to have one of our all time favorites back in the quiver!
Coffee is the seed of a fruit, and most of the coffee we roast and drink is washed - that is, the fruit is removed from the seed before drying. For Ardi and other natural-process coffees, the coffee is dried with the fruit still intact, and the dried cherry is removed during milling. This process imparts a uniquely fruity, jammy quality to the coffee, though improper and uneven drying carries a distinct risk of off, funky flavors and early fading.
Our importer, Samuel Demisse of Keffa Coffee, works directly with Israel Degefa's washing station in the town of Kilenso Mokonisa, Sidama to ensure that Ardi is picked and processed to the most exacting standards. Approximately 1500 farmers contributed to Ardi, and 200 women carefully manage the coffee’s drying process, removing over- or under-ripe cherries and constantly rotating the cherries to ensure evenness. Ardi is dried on raised beds to start, but unlike most Ethiopian coffees, finished on concrete patios for the final few days of drying.
This year's crop has all of the juicy mixed berries and milk chocolate we've come to expect from Ardi, but is one of the most complex versions of this coffee we've had yet. We're also tasting lavender and guava, and we're not complaining about it. Juicy, fruity, and jammy, and one of our all-time favorites!View full product details
Yabitu Koba is high a.f., and it's bright, floral, and delicious.
This is the second time we’ve roasted from this village in Ethiopia’s South Guji zone, and its farms are the highest of any in our lineup, topping out at 2320 meters (7611 feet) above sea level.
While high altitude isn’t the only ingredient for great coffee, it certainly helps. The large difference between day and nighttime temperatures and extra effort the coffee plant puts in to produce ripe cherries tends to increase brightness and overall complexity, and when it’s combined with Ethiopia’s super floral indigenous coffee varieties, ripe picking and great washing station practices, the combination is magic.
We’ve been sourcing washed coffees from South Guji through Red Fox Coffee Merchants for the past 4 years, and have faith that Aleco Chigounis will always be able to help us find a gem from the region. Two years ago we roasted another coffee we called Yabitu Koba, from the cooperative of the same name, but this year’s coffee is a bit different. In this case, independent coffee producers delivered their coffee cherry to the Hana Asrat washing station, and washing station manager Feku Jebril oversaw its sorting, washing, and drying. It all works out to one of the highest scoring coffees on our cupping table this year.
We’re stoked on this coffee for its delicate complexity and refreshing sweetness. We’re tasting peach tea (like the last Snapple bottle you drank back in 1999), citrus candy, intense florals, and honeydew melon. While you might enjoy this coffee with milk, that dairy might cover up some of what makes this coffee so great, so we’d recommend it drunk on its own and brewed with a paper filter to highlight its bright, clean, juicy flavors. Break out that pourover cone and get high on Yabitu.
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Guatemala is always on our minds here at Huckleberry, and even though the coffees from the AProCafé El Grano Growers Association might only be on our menu for a few months each year, these coffees represent year-round work and commitment from both Huck and the growers. After months of work and a bit of waiting, we’re always stoked to drop Atitlán el Grano back into the lineup.
Lake Atitlán is a truly stunning body of water, surrounded by mountains on all sides, and three volcanoes on its southern shore. The coffee growers of AProCafé are based on the southwest shore of the lake and the slope of Volcan San Pedro. Their rich volcanic soil, combined with well-managed organic growing practices and careful processing, contribute to a delicious coffee year after year. AProCafé farmers also consider themselves stewards of the environment, growing their coffee with only organic inputs and taking care to properly treat their processing water. Petrochemical fertilizers and improperly treated water from washing stations have contributed to various environmental problems in the area, including increased algae on the lake over the past decade. AProCafé is one of several grower groups around Atitlán working to improve the environment while also producing tasty coffee.
Huckleberry has been roasting coffee from AProCafé el Grano since 2015, and have been working hands-on with these growers since day one. Several years ago we worked with the group to develop their first single farmer microlot program, and have used a portion of proceeds from our holiday Sister Winter blend each year to help the group with a variety of projects. AProCafé has used Sister Winter funds to purchase and apply organic-approved leaf rust prevention treatments, to build raised drying beds to improve coffee processing, and a portion of funds from 2017-18 will help some of the more remote growers purchase a new depulper to further improved coffee processing.
While we’ve had special single farm microlots each year, this year’s main lot from AProCafé is equally special, and may be our best multi-farmer coffee from the group to date. While AProCafé does produce excellent coffees from all 40+ farmers, this year we worked with the group to take it a step further. Association head Pedro Izaias separated out Huckleberry’s lot from some of the group’s most experienced and dedicated growers (including familiar microlot producers Lucinda Puac Pérez and Pedro Trejo) and only from the peak period of harvest. The result is our cleanest and juiciest Atitlán el Grano yet.
This year’s Atitlán el Grano is balanced, deeply sweet, but also packs some pop - we’re tasting caramel, black cherry, pear, and cacao, and are looking forward to brewing it up as both a filter coffee and espresso over the next several months. We’ll also roast up some special single farm coffees from these growers, but don’t overlook the main lot - it’s tasty as hell.View full product details
We like variety. One of the things we celebrate is the diversity of flavor in the world of coffee, and we always seek to offer a range of coffees to showcase all the different ways that coffee can be delicious.
We figured it was high time to give folks a chance to try the range in a fun, diverse, and tasty package. Since we know it's tough to brew through more than one or two 12 ounce bags in a given month, we downsized our bags to a more reasonable 5 ounces and dropped six of them into a gift-friendly package designed by our friend Ross Evertson (@thestudioitself). We think it's the perfect gift for the nerdiest coffee nerd in your life, a great way to spice mornings up for a couple weeks before heading out the door for work, a chance to see which of our subscriptions might be best for you in the long run, or if you're new to Huckleberry, a great way to see what we're about.
From the comforting, chocolate-forward and approachable flavors of Blue Orchid, to sweet and balanced Latin American single origins, to floral and bright jaw-droppers from East Africa, we seek to highlight the inherent sweetness and unique qualities in each of our coffees and promise that each of these boxes will pack a diverse array of flavors.
Each sampler box will feature 5 ounce bags of our year-round Blue Orchid and Phantom Limb blends, plus 4 single origin offerings.
A few details:
Phantom Limb is the wilder of Huckleberry’s two blends. We designed the Phantom Limb to focus on fruit-forward flavors that one might not expect from a traditional espresso or drip blend.
Phantom Limb is an Ethiopian showcase, highlighting both natural and washed coffees from the country. Phantom Limb will taste great as espresso and drip, but is intended to showcase the unexpected, unique flavors of its components - jam and berries from the natural process and the lemonade, clean, floral goodness we love in washed Ethiopians - rather than adhere to anyone’s idea of a “traditional” espresso. If you want to think about it in terms of candy, Blue Orchid is your Tootsie Roll or Milky Way, Phantom is your bag of Jolly Ranchers or pack of Starbursts.
Even though we tend to use Phantom Limb as espresso in the two Huckleberry cafes, most often for straight shots and the smaller milk beverages, it’ll still taste great as a brewed coffee at home. Expect jammy, fruity sweetness, tangy brightness, and a syrupy body.
Current Blend: All from the Guji area of Sidama, Ethiopia: Sidama Guji Natural and Sidama Guji Gr 1 Washed.
Current Tasting Notes: raspberry and blackberry, lemon brightness, floral aromatics, subtle cocoa.
Many people suffer from phantom pain, limb loss or limb difference (including customers of ours) and therefore with every purchase of this blend we try to raise awareness and money by donating a portion of proceeds to local amputee support organizations. All of our coffee blends are named after songs that have significance for our company's history. Phantom Limb is a song by The Shins that was one of the first conversations that Koan and Mark ever had.
Here's a link to one of the three organizations that this blend supports.
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We love coffee for a lot of reasons. We love the flavors of a cup that's been sourced, roasted, and brewed with care, and we love sitting down with friends and a few mugs. Most of the time, we love that subtle kick of caffeine, too.
Sometimes though, we like to have a bit of coffee when we're already way too wide awake, so offering a great decaffeinated coffee is important to us at Huckleberry. Skeleton Key is the same decaf coffee that we serve in both of our Huckleberry's cafes, and we're finally bagging it for you to bring home and enjoy after dinner, or whenever you're craving coffee without the jitters.
Skeleton Key is a seasonally-rotating coffee chosen for versatility, with chocolatey and nutty sweetness and a round body. It works well as espresso or drip, with or without milk, and we only use Swiss Water Processed or Mountain Water Processed beans.
The current version of Skeleton Key is a Mountain Water Processed coffee from Peru.
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Who doesn’t like David Bowie? We like David Bowie.
Bowie's pretty much always the right choice. And while there are plenty of moments when we reach for that Misfits record and a cup of bright Kenyan coffee or some NSFW early 90's gangsta rap and a cup of slightly savory coffee from Sulawesi, we also value both music and coffee that's always the right choice, no matter the audience. Something that'll please both the classic rock fans and the hipsterest hipsters. In our blend lineup, that’s where Sound & Vision comes in. It’s not quite as poppy and in-your-face as Phantom Limb or many of our single origins, but we also wanted to give folks a bit more intrigue than tried-and-true Blue Orchid.
So, we’ve started out with a chocolatey, full-bodied Latin American base very similar to Blue Orchid, and kicked it up just a tiny bit with a small amount of natural-processed Ethiopian goodness. A tiny bit of fruit and brightness to keep the more discerning palates satisfied, but also plenty of comforting, traditional flavors for folks who want their coffee to taste “bold” or “like coffee, damnit.” Confident on its own, but also plays very well with milk.
Do you like cold brew, too? This also happens to be the blend that we use in our kegged cold brew, so if you’re too far away for us to deliver a keg, don’t have a tap system, or just want to do it yourself for any other reason, Sound & Vision is our go-to cold brew suggestion. What about espresso? We're pulling shots of S+V as our house espresso at our Dairy Block café in downtown Denver. Whether it's a shot, a cup full of ice, or a filter brew for a crowd, Sound and Vision is an easy choice.
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It's no secret that we like African coffees at Huck. While we've usually stuck to coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Burundi, we've always kept an eye and cupping spoon open for the right coffee from outside of those four bedrock countries.
Over the past couple years, our partners at Atlantic Specialty Coffee have increased their involvement with the Chema washing station in the Sipi Falls region of Uganda, working with producers to improve growing practices and with the washing station itself to improve processing. We had the chance to taste several experimental lots, and were particularly impressed with this extended fermentation coffee. Chema typically uses a machine called an eco-pulper to remove the coffee's fruit, without fermentation, but in this case the washing station employed an extended dry fermentation time between removing the coffee cherry skin and washing the coffee. The result is sweet, with balanced fruit and subtle brightness, and more importantly, is clean. We've tasted plenty of Ugandan coffees in the past, but a hint of earth or funk was always a hangup, and we think this coffee shows promise.
We really didn't need or expect to buy another African coffee this year, but this coffee was an opportunity to get a foot in the door for the long haul. We only purchased a small amount of coffee from Chema this year, but are looking forward to getting to know this coffee in 2018, with the hope of supporting Chema and Ugandan coffee more in the years ahead.
We're going to savor Sipi Falls' short run this year at Huck while already looking ahead - we're tasting honeycomb, craisin, soft citrus, and almond cookie. It's balanced, sweet, and delicious, and we're excited to showcase a great Ugandan coffee for the first time here at Huck.View full product details