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2013 NC Fair CollageSan Agustino Forest Colombian

It’s fair week!  Have you been to visit the Nevada County Fair yet?  We have a great county fair, that showcases 4-H and FFA animals, and where all of the food booths are run by local non-profits.  My kids enjoyed watching baby chicks hatch, gold panning, eating corn dogs, a family photo booth stop, dancing to live music, and playing BINGO.  We’re planning on returning once more so that they can have a ride day: I think they’ve already chosen their favorites.

Mariah's Getting MarriedTomorrow, however, is a day dedicated to the young lady pictured to the right: Mariah is getting married!  We wish her and her fiance Jonathan all the best, and we can’t wait to attend their wedding tomorrow evening.  Mariah is a hardworking woman with a great attitude* at all times, as I’m sure all our regular customers know.  She always has a smile on her face.

This week’s coffee of this week is a new one for us.  Our Colombian Supremo is this San Agustino Forest Colombian.  It comes from the Huila region of Colombia, from small farmers who have committed to growing specialty coffee instead of the drugs that are common in the region.  It is fully washed and dried in solar dryers that the farmers have come together to sustain.

I had a mug of this Colombian today with a slice of chocolate cake from Harmony Ridge Market.  What a delicious combination!  The coffee is roasted light, and the initial taste is very nutty, with a medium body.  As you swallow you notice a pleasant liveliness that lingers and makes you want to sip more.  I’ve packed up a pound to bring home and enjoy over the next week.

Whatever your plans for the weekend, and where ever you live, I hope that you enjoy some local treat: whether it’s a hometown event like the county fair, a friend’s wedding, a needed day at the river or some time to yourself.  If you have kids and you are headed back to school next week, as we are, savor these last few days without a schedule.  And no matter what, be sure to drink good coffee.  Cheers!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of San Agustino Forest Colombian.  Code expires on 8.15.13.  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.