30. November 2016 17:04
Most beer lovers have come across the occasional bottle with coffee as a prominent "flavorer", usually in heavy Stouts or Porters. My friends at powerhouse Worthy Brewing in Bend decided to go in a new direction for their debut "French Press Dark Saison" offering for the 11/30-12/4 Holiday Ale Festival, the annual open-to-the-public event at Pioneer Courthouse Square showcasing at least 50 special seasonal beers. Badbeard's contribution to this project is a cold-brewed elixir of two awesome Ethiopian coffees from the Yirgacheffe area..Washed YirgZ and Natural Process Dumerso Grade 1, both available on the website. Heading over to Pioneer Plaza tonight to try it for the first time! Thanks to brewmaster Dustin Kellner and gang for taking the plunge!
You can also purchase on tap Badbeard's Coffee Milk Stout, produced by Jason Webb at PDX's Unicorn Brewing, at the Unicron/Portland U-Brew taproom in Sellwood and at Markets of Choice in Bend and Beaverton. This is an altogether different coffee stout, made with the fabulous single farm Honduras "Ernesto Vasquez", one of our favorite coffees ever.
18. November 2016 10:56
What's a nanolot? No, nothing to do with your Apple microdevices, merely exceedingly small, select lots of coffee from either limited varietals or special production values. Colombia Pink Bourbon falls into the former category...a naturally-occurring mutation of Yellow and Red Bourbon grown on only a few farms in Colombia's highlands. Thought to be very resistant to the dreaded Roya fungus which gutted so much coffee production, the Pink refers to the color of the ripe cherry only. Large screen size and constitution like Kenya AA, and not altogether different on the cupping table...bright, jammy, floral, and chocolately. Only 152 lbs...one full sack...even came into the country from this part of Pitalito, Huila Department.
Our Yemen Mocca Hayma Al-Roowad is also highly limited...so many troubles in that country it's a small miracle they're even producing and exporting anything, much less coffee of this quality. An exceptional Yemen...some of the most complex beans on the planet! As always, handpicked and dried on the rooftops of the growers' homes! Dense and rich as all get-out.
24. October 2016 09:59
A wonderful coffee, coming in as our stock of Organic Java Taman Dadar has ended a long run. Not to be missed if you like bold and beefy Indonesians!
15. September 2016 10:05
The upcoming Gedeo Zone Dumerso Natural Process Grade 1 will make you forget all about the Aricha, which is fresh out as of today. Will be arriving in the next 10 days...in the meantime there's always the natural Chelbesa and Torea to choose. Also will be road-testing and offering in limited quantities the fantastic Colombia Las Margaritas microlot washed Yellow Bourbon we cupped and gave 5 stars out of 5!
24. August 2016 00:04
We really loved this coffee A LOT last year, so much so that when the 2016 harvest microlot was announced we got the whole 14 bags of it. Please read more (in the product description) about the Catracha Project and Royal Coffee's commitment to making a real difference in this hard-working community, Santa Elena, population 12,000, with more than 60 individual growers. Thank you Ernesto and family and all of the greater Catracha family.
27. June 2016 13:25
We've been so jazzed to get a small taste of this AA microlot SL34 from grower Matthew Mugo in Kiambu. His Riamute farm ("Abundancia") is one of the finest in Kenya, and soon enough we'll be tasting the even more-prized and total rarity Natural process..check back here!
24. June 2016 15:51
Excited to greet awesome newbie Sumatra Mangkuraja Estate (from South Sumatra...a first for us), boisterous tones of vanilla, licorice, cocoa and molasses. Ethio Chelbessa natural better than ever, fruit-bomb. Organic Java Taman Dadar one of our longest-running Indonesian coffees, consistently excellent. Special microlot of Kenya AA (SL34) arriving Monday...keep posted!
4. May 2016 19:31
We are out of stock of the Ernesto Vasquez's fabled coffee, our Central american fave, source of all the goodness in the Badbeard's Milk Stout making the rounds on the Portland tap scene. Word today from Royal Coffee that arrival for the fantastic (cupped a pre-ship sample...super chocolatey!) microlot 2016 will be mid-July. We got the whole 14 bags of it! Can't wait here....
9. April 2016 11:05
Market of Choice in Beaverton has a neat tap bar with beer and wine pours and growler-filling. Our Coffee Milk Stout, produced with Unicorn Brewing's Jason Webb and formulator John Lovegrove, is in the beer rotation as of this week. Filled some growlers yesterday, go get some! ABV 6.7, 19 IBU. Unicorn's fermenter brewing batch #2, we'll be adding the new crop Ernesto Vasquez Santa Elena microlot in a couple of weeks and for the foreseeable future...a formidable coffee and excellent companion to an awesome beer. As pictured here, ask for tap #7
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9. April 2016 10:46
Got word this week from Mayra Orellana-Powell, marketing manager of our esteemed partners/importers Royal Coffee, that our fave producer, Ernesto Vasquez (farm "El Durazno Melocoton") of the Catracha Coffee Project in Santa Elena, Honduras, produced an excellent lot and it will be making its way here soon. Fantastic coffee...the one we used to produce a coffee beer with collaboration of Jason Webb of Portland's Unicorn Brewing....chocolatey, lively acidity, banana leaf, vanilla. Can't wait! This coffee will make it into our offering sheet as well as the next production run of Badbeard's Coffee Stout, which is currently on tap at the Beaverton Market of Choice.
Mayra is doing amazing things...REAL "eco-activism" for her hometown community of Santa Elena...here she is addressing an SCAA assembly. Thanks Mayra and husband Lowell Powell and all the besties at Royal!