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baseball in MantecaCelebes Toraja

I am in the lovely town of Manteca today.  Actually, we haven’t found much to do in Manteca, but there is a very nice baseball park, which is why we are here.  Jack has a tournament at the Big League Dreams field.  It’s an amazing sports complex, where the fields are designed as replicas of major league fields.  Pretty exciting for an eight and under team!  Plus staying in a hotel is pretty exciting for my kids.

Meeting each other for the first time.

Meeting each other for the first time.

For the last week we’ve had guests visiting, and it was a wonderful experience of hosting lots of family.  We enjoyed seeing two of Trace’s brothers and their wives, Trace’s uncle and his wife, and one of our niece’s with her husband and 5 month old baby.  Baby Cooper is Grandma Caroline’s first great-grandbaby.  Not only does Caroline have a legacy of a coffee shop that we continue in her name, but she is the matriarch of a family that keeps growing.  We are honored to be related to her.

This week’s coffee of the week is one of Caroline’s favorites.  Her first choice is our Gayo Mountain Sumatra, but this comes in a close second.  Celebes is an Indonesian island, that I always think resembles a hand.  It has actually been renamed Sulawesi, but the coffee still comes in a bag with the old Dutch colonial name, Celebes.

We brewed a pot of this Celebes Toraja in a French press in our hotel room this morning.  Although the water might not have been the proper temperature, we thoroughly enjoyed the full-bodied, earthy taste as we woke up.  It has a light acidity and a chocolate taste as it cools.

Wherever you might be this weekend, be sure to drink good coffee.  This weekend is the annual Agony Ride fundraiser for the CEM ranch, and my brother and sister-in-law are riding.  We’ll be headed to at least three more baseball games this weekend, but I’ll certainly be thinking of those friends and family committed to their bikes for twenty-four hours.  Our very own Ruth Welch, employee extraordinare, is riding–check in with her next week to hear how many miles she accomplished.  Best of luck to all of you riders: may the wind be at your back and may your tires stay full!
You can sample this Celebes on us by using the code chocolate taste* this week. Cheers!
–Holly Fike
*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Celebes Toraja.  Code expires on 8.01.13.  Limit one free cup per customer please.  Valid only at Carolines Coffee Roasters, 128 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA.  Code/Offer has no cash value.