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 Pocos de Caldas and a washed coffee from smallholder farmers in the La Coipa area of Peru's San Ignacio province.
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Don't call it a dark roast! Okay, okay...we won't.
How about we call it Civitas and say it's "a slightly darker roast with slightly longer development"? Yea, that sounds cool!
In either case, we're excited about this one! Huck has long believed that we should (or could) be just as proud of our darker & more developed coffees, as we are of our lighter offerings.
It just took us a while to find a roast profile that still checked all the boxes for us!
Our Civitas blend is meant for the fan of a full bodied coffee with notes of dark sugars, chocolate, toffee, and a great nuttiness -- not unlike our Blue Orchid Blend, but a hair darker than that.
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Las Brisas is one of our favorite Colombias, year after year, and our final coffee of the month for 2019!
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. A couple years ago 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 pomegranate and citrus, balanced by sweet flavors of stone fruit and molasses. 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 Wolichu Wachu, and our Kenyan coffees from Othaya, 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 raised beds for slow, even drying and under cover for protection from Colombia's rains.
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!
And, keep an eye out for an extra-special Gesha release from Israel Hernandez, one of the farmers behind Las Brisas.
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Bright, floral, complex and delicious, Israel Hernandez Gesha returns to Huck just in time for the holidays!
Huckleberry Roasters invests in people. We value longterm growing partners just as much as we value truly special coffee. So, for Huck, it's important that our Gesha offerings reflect both of those values. We have been sourcing Las Brisas from the town of Rioblanco in Tolima, Colombia since 2014, and tasted Israel Hernandez's very first harvest of Gesha during an origin trip in 2017. This is our second year roasting this delicious, floral coffee from Israel.
Israel Hernandez has been farming since 2005, and purchased his first Gesha trees in 2016. When we tasted his coffee at Caravela's Rioblanco warehouse on our visit three summers ago, we were floored by the coffee's florality and clean tropical flavors. It stood out not just among the more traditional varieties (which were clean and delicious, too!), but also stood head and shoulders over a few other Geshas.
After our first dive into roasting Israel's Gesha last year, we're stoked on year two. This crop might be even more tasty than the last, bursting with lemon-lime candy, fruit loops, and florals - delicate, limited, complex, and delicious!
Obsesso Processo Design helped us make this coffee truly stand out, designing an 8 oz retail jar that pops just as hard as the coffee in the cup. Featuring bright green colors and a playful homage to the coffee supply chain - from farmer to barista, and Israel himself - it's coffee that looks as good as we think it tastes.
Hambella picks up the fruit where Chelbesa Natural left off. Our second Ethiopian natural of the 2019 harvest is fruit-forward, creamy, and delicious.
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 this lot from Hambella Washing Station 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. The best naturals, though, taste like a blend of coffee and fruit punch.
370 smallholders in the woreda (village) of Hambella pick their ripe coffee cherry and deliver it to the Hambella Washing Station, where it is sorted for ripeness, laid out on raised beds, and further sorted over the course of several weeks’ drying time. We tasted dozens of naturals from throughout Ethiopia this year to follow up to Chelbesa, and this lot from the Guji Zonewas a standout for its sweet fruit and creamy body.
Hambella should be an easy choice for all you fruit-forward coffee lovers out there. We’re tasting ripe strawberry, blueberry, mango, and a sweet cream in our mugs.
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 2018-19 helped the association build a few more drying beds and purchase a new depulper for some of the group’s more remote farmers.
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, and with exporting partner Caravela, to take it a step further. This year we cupped dozens of single farmer coffees to build a lot that we’re blending into Blue Orchid and Sound and Vision, this lot that we’re selling as Atitlán el Grano, and separated 3 small single farmer coffees to showcase as microlots.
This year’s Atitlán el Grano is balanced, deeply sweet, but also packs plenty of complexity - we’re tasting caramel, black cherry, plum, orange, and cocoa, and are looking forward to brewing it up as both a filter coffee and espresso over the next several months. Keep an eye out for the single farm coffees from these growers, but don’t overlook the main lot - it’s tasty as hell.
Over the past several years, Huckleberry has been working to build a stronger relationship with the AProCafé El Grano growers association in the Lake Atitlán region of Guatemala. These growers produce our Atitlán El Grano coffee, which we love dearly, but we're also excited to single out the best individual coffees. This is our third year roasting Pedro Trejo's coffee, and his coffee is our third and final washed microlot from AProCafé.
Like all of the farmers in AProCafé, Don Pedro has great terrain and altitude for coffee growing, plants his coffee trees under shade, and farms using organic, sustainable practices. Our other microlot growers live a bit further from the Lake Atitlán than Pedro, and process their coffee on-farm largely because those farms are a royal pain to get to. Pedro, however, lives and grows coffee in the town of San Pedro, and delivers his cherry to Valle de Eskol, the same wet mill where AProCafé processes its mixed farmer lots.
Pedro doesn't own one, large farm, but several small, scattered parcels along the slopes of Volcan San Pedro, ranging from a high 1650 meters above sea level to a very, very high 2000 meters. We've spent some time with Pedro and visited his plots a few times over the years, and it's fairly obvious why his coffee has so much potential. First off, high altitude always helps, and when walking through other growers' plots to Pedro's the contrast in farming practices was obvious. Pedro's plot was a lesson in precision - great shade cover, large compost holes next to each tree, and perfectly pruned and spaced coffee plants.
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This is our third year roasting this sweet, creamy coffee from Acatenango, and we’re stoked to have Mario Alarcon’s black honey process back in the Huckleberry quiver. While the bulk of our Guatemalan coffee and our efforts in the country will remain centered around the smaller-scale growers in AProCafé, we’ve never closed off the idea of other Guatemalan coffees, especially with a personal connection.
Our coffee buyer Kevin’s friend Frosty (or Cristian, but he’s pale by Guatemalan standards and that’s what everyone calls him) introduced us to Mario Alarcón and Christian Starry, two slightly larger-scale growers in the Acatenango region who banded together with other growers in the region to export their own coffee under the name Truth Trading Company. When we first tasted coffee together, Mario’s coffee stood out, and that excitement holds true for year three.
This honey-processed coffee is picked ripe, like any other coffee in our lineup, but falls somewhere between a washed coffee and a natural. Washed coffees are depulped of their cherry skin, then have all the additional sticky fruity material (honey or mucilage) washed off prior to drying. Naturals are dried with the fruit intact. Honeys are depulped, but dried with varying levels of that mucilage still on the bean. White honeys dry with very little mucilage, black honeys dry with the most.
Mario takes the basics several steps further. He uses a brix meter to decide when to pick his coffee (22 Brix), then before depulping, keeps his coffee in its cherry for a day or two of anaerobic fermentation. Then he depulps his coffee, leaving a large amount of mucilage intact, and dries slowly on raised beds over the course of 2-3 weeks. With its in-cherry fermentation, Miel de Oro almost straddles the line between honey and full natural, and we have a feeling that’s part of the reason it’s a standout.
All said and done, we’re here to roast you coffee that tastes good and tastes interesting, and we’re pretty happy that Frosty put Miel de Oro in our playlist. This is a full-bodied, creamy, and deeply sweet coffee that will stand up great to milk and work great as an espresso. It also packs plenty of complexity, without the intensity of some full naturals and a tad less brightness than some full washed coffees. On the bag we say cashew butter, grape jelly, and creamy milk chocolate. If you’re looking for a coffee with complexity but mellower acidity and full sweetness, Miel de Oro might be your pot of gold.
We’re wrapping up our 2019 harvest Kenyas with the little beans! This peaberry selection from the Gatuyaini factory packs a ton of the juicy, bright, and fruit-forward flavors we look for in Kenyan coffees, and comes from a cooperative we’re excited to support.
We were lucky enough to spend some time with the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society this January, and we’re pleased to offer Gatuyaini as our second banger from the cooperative. Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society is a group of approximately 10,000 coffee growers in Nyeri County, who deliver their coffee to 17 different factories, or wet mills. 785 of these farmers bring coffee to the cooperative's Gatuyaini factory, where it is washed in the traditional Kenyan style, and dried slowly on raised beds.
One of things that’s special about Kenyan coffee is size separtation. Coffee mills separate their coffee by size, dividing coffees into the largest AA selections, then AB, PB (peaberry), and a few grades that we typically don’t see in specialty coffee. Some folks claim that AA is better, or that peaberries - the coffee cherries that happen to produce just one seed rather than two - are always the top. We’re not big believers that one screen size is automatically better (ABs often outperform the sexy grades), but the different grades do have different flavors, and they roast a bit differently. We tasted dozens and dozens of Kenyan samples this year, across all grades, and this peaberry lot was one of our favorites.
We’re psyched on Othaya Cooperative in large part because the society also manages its own dry milling and quality control. While many other factories deliver their coffee to foreign-owned dry mills, Othaya has its own cupping lab and dry mill in Nyeri, so the factories get feedback and have a bit more control over whether their coffees are sold directly to buyers like Huck, or go to auction. Everyone we met at Othaya was great, but it's worth saying that David, who runs the Othaya lab and mill, is the man. Furthermore, Othaya and a few other Cooperative Societies export their coffee collectively as Kenyan Cooperative Coffee Exporters. Kenyan owned, Kenyan operated. And the coffee’s delicious.
In Gatuyaini, we taste the juicy citrus pop we love in the best Kenyans, deep sugary sweetness, and loads of fruit, especially peach, plum, and fig. We’re hyped on our third Kenya of the year and our second of two from the Othaya Farmers Cooperative Society.View full product 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 East African showcase, highlighting both natural and washed coffees. 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 Africans - 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: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aramo Washed, Ethiopia Danse Mormora Natural
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.
Each year when the temperatures start to dip and we see snow in the mountains, Huckleberry celebrates with our Sister Winter blend. Among other things, winter is a time for gathering with friends and family, sharing good food and warm drinks.
We want to help you serve up something that pleases the whole crowd, from the more traditional coffee drinkers who love milk and sugar to your 22 year old cousin who's a bigger coffee nerd than you are.
For the second year running, we decided to blend two Guatemalan coffees. Our washed coffee from the AProCafé Growers Association pairs with a creamy honey-processed caturra from Finca Monte de Oro to create a full, bodied, rich, and crowd-pleasing blend. We're tasting subtle dried fruit, milk chocolate, and sweet baked goods.
The holidays are also about giving for us, and each year, a portion of the proceeds from Sister Winter benefits a cause we care about. For the third year in a row, Sister Winter sales will help the AProCafé Growers Associationin its efforts to improve infrastructure and combat coffee leaf rust, a coffee disease that has wrecked havoc on Central American coffee farms for the last several years.
Good coffee, helping good people continue to make a life growing good coffee.
Pictured: Lucinda Puac Pérez; Danilo, Carlos, Manuel and Pedro from AProCafé with one of the raised beds built with prior years' Sister Winter funds.
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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.
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 East African 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.
Current Blend: 40% Brazil Pocos de Caldas, 50% Peru Laurel Village, 10% Ethiopia Guji Mormora Natural