New Coffees, Gesha, and Public Cupping Event

 Ripening coffee berries on the Gesha plant

Ripening coffee berries on the Gesha plant

We’re very happy to be announcing our 5 newest coffees. Every couple of months we’re able to bring our loyal customers (and travelers), seasonal coffee selections that give their tastebuds a run for their money. 2016 will be no exception! In fact, we’ve one very special "Gesha" offering from Guatemala just because we want to “wow” you with just how wonderful and unique coffee can really taste. As a new addition to our coffee program, we’ll be offering Guatemala Gesha at a fraction of the cost it would normally be, in a retail bag for home as well on pour-over for enjoyment in the cafe or to take out.

All of the other coffees will surely speak for themselves, and we’re sure you’ll find a favorite. Please ask us questions about what we have available as we’re eager to chat about all of the coffees, and brew you some!

We’re also excited to be announcing our first Coffee Cupping event on Friday, January 29th, at 10am. The general public will have the opportunity to smell, taste, and examine coffee with intricate detail, much like a wine tasting. We’ll help lead you through the process, and make it fun by sharing each others thoughts on what each coffee exhibits. By the end, you won’t believe the flavors that can actually pop out of coffee! Join us for this free monthly event.
Happy sipping,
Dylan Jung, Coffee Director

Colombia Pavón - Urraoenses Microlote

Cupping Notes

Tea-like and cherry tomato acidity shimmers, adding nice structure to cup flavors like bittersweet chocolate, yellow bell pepper and black tea. I get a lot of elements of stone fruit as the cup temperature cools: tea-like peach flavors, apricot nectar, and the tannic quality of stone fruit skins. More roast development really builds out this coffee's fruited side, and body is bolstered too, an incredible brewed coffee.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra, Heirloom Varietals    

Costa Rica Familia Bonillia - La Loma

Cupping Notes

This lot has a lightly toasty overtone to otherwise cereal, oatmeal, and pastry like qualities. A clean cherry juice and stone fruit body, ends with a tangy twist in the cup, making this a really nice “all around” coffee, with nice body and sweetness.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Caturra    

Guatemala Acatenango Geisha

Cupping Notes

This Gesha lot has such a floral sweetness to it - perfume-like, sweet, complex, and 'fresh' - a set of aromatics I readily associate with Summertime. A set of attributes uniquely 'Geisha', and we're as bowled over by this years' lot as any. The fragrance is exceptionally floral and perfumed. Flavors of mandarin orange, grape juice, and chocolate truffle. It’s herbal tea mouthfeel is clean as a whistle, leaving this coffee to be the most unique we have to offer.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Gesha    

Guatemala Huehuetenango Boqueroncito Lote 2

Cupping Notes

Boqueroncito strikes a nice balance between well-structured sweetness and integrated acidity. Low acidity but apparent, perhaps like a cantaloupe. Spiced pastry qualities in the cup, turn to give a tangy yet mild, hibiscus tea like aftertaste.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon Caturra Typica

 

Kenya Nyeri Gatomboya Peaberry

Cupping Notes

This peaberry lot of Gatomboya has a robust, fruited profile right out of the gate. Caramel sauce, and fruited flavors like grape and peach, build this cup of sweet and tart Kenya.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

SL-28     SL-34    

 

Rwanda Karenge Gitesi

Cupping Notes

Demurara sugar provides the backdrop to baking spice complexity, all-spice and cinnamon stick to name a couple. Toast, steak, and chocolate almonds are all apparent in this coffee, but give way to grape juice on flavor as well as body.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Bourbon    

 

 

 

 

Thursday Night Throwdown at Indian Gardens!

Winter Coffees Have Arrived!

New coffees have arrived just in time for these crisp November mornings here in the canyon. We have added selections from Colombia and Sumatra, yet another natural processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and a very special Kenya AA! We recently spent a morning cupping these coffees, and each was equally impressive in their own distinct way.

 Timaná Town, Columbia

Timaná Town, Columbia

Colombia Timana Colinas Altas – We specially selected this Colombian coffee to bring balance to our espresso blend that was dominated by the two Yirgacheffes that we brought in earlier this year. Its sparkling lemon-like acidity, light nutty characteristics and crisp aftertaste have made it an ideal blending component. While we are using it almost exclusively for our espresso, 12 oz single-origin bags are available for retail in the market.

 Sorting tables at the Aricha station, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Sorting tables at the Aricha station, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha – We waited all year for dry-processed Ethiopian coffees to come to market and now we just cannot get enough! This fall we brought in Sulula and Konga and they were everything we wanted and thought they would be. In our never ending quest for the perfect natural processed coffee we landed on a special coffee from the Aricha processing station outside of the town of Yirga Cheffe. As the first pick of all beans from this station it has received extra care in preparation to exclude under ripe cherries and ensure exceptional quality. This is a very fragrant coffee bursting with berry flavor and floral notes. It can be found in our espresso blend as well as our drip coffees. Aricha makes an excellent pour-over option and is located next to the Chemex and Hario V60 in our market for retail.

 Lintong Plateau, Sumatra

Lintong Plateau, Sumatra

Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry – Our intrigue with this coffee was primarily based upon it being a premium wet-hulled peaberry from the Lintong region, something none of us had ever come across. Like the Colombian, we anticipated it being an excellent blending component for our espresso and we were not disappointed. It has brought more depth and body to our shots with the common earthiness that accompanies most Sumatras, while at the same time dazzling uniqueness with spice, capsicum and hints of dried cacao. It is not currently out for retail, but is available upon request.

 Karagoto Coffee Farmers, Kenya

Karagoto Coffee Farmers, Kenya

Kenya Nyeri Karogoto AA – This truly is the gem of our new coffees for the winter season. Complex aromas of stone fruit and brown sugar evolve into savory spices and floral notes on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel. We have put this coffee through every brew method we can find and it continues to shine. Aeropress narrowly edges out pour-over as a staff favorite, but you might be lucky enough to happen upon it as a single origin espresso if you put on your jacket and scarf and head up the canyon early enough on these cold winter mornings. We have a very limited supply and it is being dedicated to highlighting our espresso and alt brewing. However, there are some retail bags available for a lucky few!

These new coffees, and the continued improvement of our staff and its dedication to providing an amazing café experience, as well as experimenting with new blends and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge, have combined to create the perfect environment for you to come and enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee in the canyon. So bundle up and warm your hands on a hot cup this winter at Indian Gardens.

Fall Coffees Arriving!

  Cherry harvest in Adado zone of Yirga Cheffe, Ethiopia

Cherry harvest in Adado zone of Yirga Cheffe, Ethiopia

New coffees arriving soon for the fall 2015 season here at Indian Gardens! Tasting notes from staff favorites including two naturally processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffes, a Bourbon from 200-year-old Finca Matalapa in the mountains of El Salvador, and more are available now!

  Sorting off the drying tables at Konga

Sorting off the drying tables at Konga

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Buufata Konga is one of the coffees that we are most excited about adding to our offerings here in the canyon. These heirloom varietals have been sorted by hand multiple times to Grade 1 specifications. The meticulous processing method of this special coffee continues its journey through an equally precise roasting, tamping, brewing and pouring preparation to translate quality into every sip here at Indian Gardens. Dry peach fragrance mingling with tropical fruit, honey, and Dutch cocoa dominate this truly exceptional example of Yirgacheffe.

As if one amazing dry-processed coffee from Ethiopia isn’t enough on these crisp fall mornings, we are now serving two!

  Naturals drying on raised beds Adado area

Naturals drying on raised beds Adado area

The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adado Sulula overflows with blueberry and chocolate aromatics that slip into flavors of cinnamon, brown sugar, and hints of dried apricots and citrus. Served as a single-origin espresso, drip coffee, or latte for a delicious treat any time of day.

If these “berry-bomb” Ethiopians aren’t what you’re looking for we also have two outstanding wet-processed Latin American coffees.

  Roberto, the mill manager, and Vickie, the farm owner at Finca Matapala

Roberto, the mill manager, and Vickie, the farm owner at Finca Matapala

The Finca Matalapa, nestled in the mountains of El Salvador, has been producing coffee since the late 1800s. El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra is a Bourbon varietal with a hazelnut and caramel fragrance. Cocoa and almond flavors work their way onto the palate with a very moderate acidity, making this a great alternative to the brightness of other coffees in our line-up.

  A view of Acatenango town, not far from Ciudad Vieja aka Antigua, Guatemala.

A view of Acatenango town, not far from Ciudad Vieja aka Antigua, Guatemala.

Guatemala Acatenango Finca San Diego Buena Vista is the fourth coffee to round out our espresso offerings and warm your hands this season. This bean takes well to a slightly darker roasting profile, which brings out dark cacao flavors, candied nuts, a touch of raisin, and light citrus oil. Overall, this is a very well-balanced coffee that makes an incredible single-origin espresso!

All of these exceptional new additions were sourced through the Farm Gate pricing program, ensuring that all producers were paid more than fair-trade price. So take that special drive through the canyon to see the changing leaves this fall and come enjoy a cup on our beautiful patio.