Roaster's Corner

My Favorite Coffee for Any Occasion

As a coffee roaster, I often get asked about what my favorite coffees are. What regions do I like drinking from the most? How do I like to brew? What’s my go-to blend? While I certainly have my tendencies, the most accurate answer to any of those questions is, “it depends.”

I’ve never been content to find one favorite bean and make it an integral part to my daily routine. I’m a very mood-based coffee drinker. The weather can dramatically impact what coffee I reach for any given day.

Weather Permitting…

To kick off the morning, I want something lighter and sweeter. In fact, we created Early Bird blend specifically to create what I thought would help get the day started off on the best foot possible. On a rainy, foggy day, I like to have something with complex aroma and flavor – like an Ulos Batak. Something about being able to get lost in something with so many interesting characteristics is really conducive to slowing down, sitting, and reflecting.

For a bright and sunny daytime coffee, I love the lively fruitiness we’re able to get out of many of our light roasts. Kochera Woreda is a favorite for taking the kids out to do something for the day or taking a hot cup along on a hike. I don’t care if it’s a 92º day. For me, it’s hydrating and invigorating. As the day winds down, our Decaffeinated Blend is far from an afterthought. Its sweet, smokey, and comforting flavors make it a calming and soothing way to ease into the night.

“Something about being able to get lost in something with so many interesting characteristics is really conducive to slowing down, sitting, and reflecting.”

The beautiful thing about coffee is how unique it is, which allows it to also be an extremely personal experience. It’s a big part of why encouraging people to experiment with coffee to find the way they like it is so important. If you aren’t happy with the results you’re getting at home, don’t be afraid to try different beans or try different amounts of coffee or a new brewing process. Some people will tell you to use 1 part coffee for every 12 parts water in your French Press, while we tend to prefer a more robust, 8 to 1 ratio. Have fun with it, find your sweet spot, and take comfort in knowing that there are no wrong ways to enjoy your Joe.