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Upper Twin Lake Header V2Fair Trade Organic Sumatra

There is so much to talk about this week.  Our new espresso machine was installed on Wednesday night, and we’ve been enjoying pulling shots on a lever machine.  As an added benefit, we bought a new grinder also, and it is much quieter.  We are keeping the second grinder as a single-origin espresso, so look for that to be set up soon.

He caught a fish!

He caught a fish!

We had a wonderful camping trip last week here: many thanks to all of you who wished us well.  It was a great time of enjoying the fall colors, eating good food, sitting around a campfire, bike riding, and fishing.  We even found time to visit Travertine Hot Springs.  I’m sure that Jack and Trace would have listed the fishing first.  It was Jack’s first time fishing with a reel and he and Trace each caught at least a trout a day, which was enough to cement Jack’s love of fishing forever.  Caroline and I enjoyed spending time together walking, fairy-house-building, exploring, bike riding, and taking photographs.

The only downside to our trip was the cold.  Although it was up to 65 during the day, it got quite chilly at night, like 11 degrees Fahrenheit.  Needless to say, we seriously enjoyed our coffee each morning.  In fact, by the third day Trace and I were beginning to wonder if we brought enough!  We were drinking last week’s special, the San Agustin Colombian.  We’ve carried it for years in the store, but I don’t think that I’ve ever enjoyed it more than as it warmed my hands, sitting around the campfire..

This week we’re flying across the South Pacific from Colombia, to the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  This Fair Trade Organic coffee is grown in the highlands here and processed by a cooperative.  The farmers are committed to the environment and to keeping their land fertile and avoiding landslides through training in new farming and land management techniques.  If you have a browser that can translate for you (the page is written in Indonesian), you can read about them here.

In the cup this coffee is earthy and nutty, full-bodied, and a bit cleaner than other Indonesian coffees.  I’m taking a pound home to enjoy for the next week.  It is also low in acidity, which to me means that you can drink more of it!  Use the code third day* to receive your free twelve ounce cup this week.  Whatever you do this week, enjoy good coffee!
–Holly Fike

*Code good for one free 12 ounce cup of Fair Trade Organic Sumatra.  Code expires on 10.31.13.  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.