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 just landed his first barista gig and really wants to tell you about the fifth pourover cone in his collection. It's also pretty important to us that each year, Sister Winter pairs well with fireside chatter and some good ol' American bourbon. We're here to help you tolerate your Aunt Glenda or Uncle Steve if you need to make a detour to the liquor cabinet after filling your mug.
This year, we blended together two of our favorite coffees from Guatemala and Ethiopia. Doña Lucinda from Lake Atitlán provides a lovely base of approachable sweetness, and a natural processed Guji from Sidama, Ethiopia packs a punch of berries and tropical fruit. Together, we think these coffees taste of the holidays - sweet baked goods, chocolate, a bit of spice, and a pleasant mix of berries and dried fruit. Sorta like fruitcake, but that elusive fruitcake that you actually want to eat (or in this case, drink).
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 Association (Doña Lucinda's coop!) in 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. Over the years we've helped the association purchase organic leaf rust treatments, and we're currently using last year's Sister Winter funds to help AProCafé build drying beds to improve its coffee processing.
Good coffee, helping good people continue to make a life growing good coffee.
Pictured: Lucinda Puac Pérez; Danilo, Carlos, Manuel and Pedro from AProCafé testing bed #1 of many.
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 Serra Negra and a washed coffee grown by the ASOPEP cooperative in Colombia.
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The holidays are approaching, but we're keeping our attitude nice and sunny here at Huckleberry!
With gift-giving season here, we wanted to make it easy for you to spread the Huckleberry love with the playful designs of our friends at Extra Vitamins. We've put together three packs of coffee and the mettle to enjoy it, perfect for both gift-giving and brewing on the go.
Visiting that relative with just snickerdoodle flavor K-Cups or a can of pre-ground from the early 2000s? You could always give a gift to yourself and elevate the holiday coffee experience for everyone.
The Extra Mug: 1 x 12 ounce bag of Sister Winter and an Extra Vitamins Ceramic Mug, bundled in an Extra Vitamins Market tote.
The Extra Press: The Extra Mug Pack plus an AeroPress, our favorite on-the-go and camping coffee brewer.
The Extra Brew Deluxe: The Extra Press, plus a Porlex, our favorite ceramic burr hand-grinder. This is your all-in-one coffee on-the-road kit. As long as you can boil some water, you're good to go. Perfect for that special someone who likes coffee, likes camping, but needs a way to put the two together.
*Porlex Grinder and AeroPress coffee brewer will come fully packaged, with all accessories. AeroPress includes 300 filters, a coffee scoop that we rarely use ourselves, and a funnel for brewing into smaller cups.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 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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The world can seem topsy turvy at times. Huckleberry has never been shy about being honest and upfront about the values that drive our company forward. In some cases, we raise funds for our long-time coffee producing partners in Guatemala through our seasonal Sister Winter Holiday Blend. In other cases, we partner with Sprudge and ACLU to take a stand against anti-immigration policies.
More specifically, the changes brought on by the last presidential election have changed the political climate in a way we find dangerous in the short term and counter-productive in the long term. Rather than stew about it for years and feel frustrated by not being able to "do anything because we're coffee people", we have made the decision to harness the power of our coffee relationships and the passion of the coffee community to turn our collective despair into action. If you're feeling similarly, we invite you to join us as we partner with local artists to launch our new fundraising blend, You And Whose Army?.
For this blend, we are donating a portion of every bag sold to a charity we believe deserves attention and a helping hand for the work they are doing. Each unique label design benefits a new cause, chosen together by Huckleberry and the featured artist.
With a second iteration of You and Whose Army? we teamed up with our pals at Extra Vitamins, who have also designed a few fun shirts, hats, and totes for us the past few months. And while this blend was initially supposed to be expressly political, nature's thrown us for a loop over the past few months, with earthquakes abroad and devastating hurricanes both abroad and at home. So we're taking a break from political organizations to donate to All Hands, a disaster relief organization that we think will do good work on the ground for the people who need it most right now.
Coffee wise, You and Whose Army? is a blend of washed Latin American and Ethiopian coffees blended for filter brewing. It'll work for espresso, too as long as you like bright and fruity espresso shots. The current blend is 70% Rwanda Kanzu and 30% Colombia ASOPEP Cooperative. In your cups, look for chocolate, caramel, red fruit, citrus, and floral flavors.
So, yes, we're coffee people - not lawyers, political lobbyists or grassroots organizers - but we're determined to still make a difference! Times of change (and ummmm...climate change) also call for steadying cups of tasty coffee to awaken your democratic spirit. After all, the only thing that’s ever changed the world is a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens.
To keep with our tradition of naming all blends after songs we like, this blends is named after a fantastic Radiohead song.View full product details