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giants ferryLast Wednesday we had the pleasure of attending a San Francisco Giants game with our indefatigable deliveryman, Mike, his lovely wife, and our wonderful store manager, Becky.  We all met at the store at 7:00 am, and drove together (yes, the kids came too, so there were seven of us in the car!) to the Vallejo ferry.  As I walked out of the store with my mug for the road, a customer stopped me to say that the free coffee code for the week should be “Becky bucks.”  So here you go, Bob, Becky bucks it is.

Family Picture with the World Series Trophies

Family Picture with the World Series Trophies

The rest of our Wednesday was simply splendid.  Well the game did not go so well as a Giants fan, since we were swept by the Mets, but we managed to enjoy our day anyway.  A ferry ride, a ballgame in San Francisco, a cable car ride, walking the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, a fresh seafood dinner at the Ferry Building, and then an evening ferry back to our waiting car.  What could be better?  The weather was sunny and the company was cheerful: I do believe that a great time was had by all.

Back in Grass Valley, we got a new green bean shipment yesterday, and this morning Trace roasted our coffee of the week, a Fair Trade Organic Guatemalan.  This coffee comes from the Huehuetenango region of Guatemala, in the western highlands, close to Mexico.  It is produced by a group of women farmers, as you can read about here, and grown in the shade of fruit trees.  I thought it was interesting that the coffee crop is grown among cardamom plants: Guatemala is the biggest exporter of cardamom in the world, although it is native to India.

The taste of this Guatemalan does not remind me of cardamom, but it does have sweet nutty flavors.  We just brewed a pot for an employee tasting, and the comments were: “caramelly,” “a little bit tangy,” several references to “mellow,” and “easy to drink.”  It has a medium acidity, and medium to light body.  Leave a comment on our Facebook page and tell us what you think.

You can use the code Becky bucks to try a 12 ounce cup for free this week (one per customer per week please).  Enjoy your weekend!  If you’re looking for something to do locally, with the weather predicted to stay hot, check out the pictures of the South Yuba river on the Outside Inn blog, here.  The river is always a good option in the unwavering heat of July.  Be safe and stay cool.
–Holly Fike