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.
To kick off the You and Whose Army? fundraising efforts, we have partnered with Colorado based artist Olive Moya of Olive Illustration to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. Not only did Olive design this color-popping label, but she also transformed a boring white wall at our 4301 Pecos Street cafe into a radical mural. You should absolutely check it out (see photo)!
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 50% Colombia Nariño Consaca and 50% Ethiopia Sidama Guji. In your cups, look for chocolate, caramel, raspberry lemonade, 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 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.
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 Santa Ines and a washed coffee grown from Guatemala called Atitlan El Grano.
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This is our fourth year working with the Long Miles Coffee Project in the Muramvya province of Burundi, and we couldn’t be happier to roast Colline Ninga three years running .
Burundi has produced coffee for quite some time, but the country's progression towards producing high quality specialty coffee was interrupted in the 1990s and early 2000s by political unrest and ethnic violence spilling over the border from Rwanda, during and after that country's genocide. Despite this, and the challenges of being a poor, landlocked country, farmers from Burundi are successfully improving their coffee each and every year, and specialty coffee's higher prices seem to have a major impact on quality of life in the country's coffee growing regions. Moreover, we love the flavors of a great coffee from Burundi.
Colline Ninga is grown by small farmers in Bukeye area of the Muramvya province, and produced by the Long Miles Coffee Project. Long Miles is a project founded by Ben Carlson, an American living in Burundi. Ben, upon seeing the difficulties Muramvya farmers faced, built several washing stations in the region, and has worked with area farmers to help them fetch better prices. By working with the farmers to develop stringent quality practices at the farm level, then washing and milling the coffee with meticulous care, ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible. By working with Huckleberry and other roasters in advance of the harvest, the Long Miles Coffee Project is able to pay the farmers a higher price for their coffee than they would receive otherwise
Ninga is a specific hillside community (colline is French for hill), and this coffee comes exclusively from the Long Miles farmers living on that hill. After tasting samples from different hills, and different periods of the harvest, Ninga stood out again this year, along with our other offerings from Gitwe.Colline Ninga has pear and apricot flavors, complemented with red currant and citrusy brightness. It also has a subtle cinnamon-like sweet spiciness, and we like to think of it as a slightly subtler variation of a classic Kenyan flavor profile: bright, slightly savory, and deeply sweet. It's a wonderful coffee, and we're happy to support the great work of the Long Miles Coffee project in the Bukeye area of Burundi. View full product details
We've been purchasing coffee from the Long Miles Coffee Project in the Muramvya province of Burundi for four years now, and last year we loved our first natural-processed fruitbomb from the Gitwe hill community. So, we brought it back for 2017, and we have a bit more to roast for this year.
Naturals - which are dried in the coffee cherry instead of washed of their fruit first - are tough to produce well, and easy to mess up. And, they're a rarity in Burundi - there are only a few grower groups producing non-washed coffee. Luckily for us, Long Miles first naturals last year were a home run, and this year's might be even better.
We've been loving our washed lot from Gitwe, and this natural lot is a banger, too. It bursts with the juicy strawberry we've come to expect from the best Ethiopian naturals, but also packs some of the hallmarks of our favorite washed Burundis. We taste a bit of sweet-savory complexity, honey, and milk chocolate flavors to complement the fruit-forward strawberry and red grape sweetness.View full product details
Esperanza de Garzón is a limited release coffee for us, grown by Nelson Andrés at his farm Finca La Esperanza in La Trinidad de Garzón, Huila, Colombia. We source some of our favorite Colombian and Central American coffees through Caravela Coffee, a Colombia-based exporter and importer. We think they're responsible for some of the most dependable quality in the industry, and every once in a while, they offer us a single farmer coffee that stands out from his or her growers cooperative.
This year, Nelson Andrés produced one of those special coffees, and we think it's a great example of just how bright and clean Colombian coffees can be. Señor Andres grows only Caturra variety coffee - an increasing rarity in Colombia, where most farmers have planted their land with the disease-resistant Castillo variety. Castillo can taste great, too, but pure Caturra can produce an incredibly clean and sweet cup, especially at high altitudes like Finca La Esperanza's 1700 meters above sea level.
Additionally, Nelson Andres washes and dries his coffee on farm, using raised, parabolic beds to slow down the drying process, and covering his drying area to ensure that the coffee is protected from the elements. Drying is one of the most important stages in coffee production, and the care taken during this step is one of the key ingredients in Esperanza de Garzón's lovely flavors. We're currently in the planning stages of a Colombia trip with Caravela, and are looking forward to seeing Finca la Esperanza and it's parabolic drying beds firsthand.
We taste green grape, spice, and candied citrus, and have enjoyed using Esperanza de Garzón both filter-brewed and as espresso. We only have a little bit of this coffee, and it won't be around too long.View full product details