Tuesday, December 11, 2012

December Cupping

Hello coffee drinkers!

Over the weekend we had a cupping. We had some new samples to try out and also wanted to get a more thorough set of cupping notes for the coffees we have now. (Even though we’ve cupped them in the past.)

Green coffee samples waiting to be roasted.
Until we started the business, I had never had the privilege of participating in a coffee cupping. (For those of you who are not complete coffee nerds, this link has a good explanation: http://coffeegeek.com/guides/beginnercupping.) It’s really an interesting process. We do it pretty casually, discussing each coffee as we go. I find the more I cup, more I am able to understand and evaluate the different characteristics of the coffee. I like seeing what the coffee tastes and smells like on its own, knowing how different it may taste or smell once it’s been roasted, blended and made into espresso or drip coffee.  

Here are the notes on our current offerings:

Brazil Cerrado: Muted, slightly spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Initial flavors are earthy, woody, nutty, with cocoa notes coming out as it cools. A good “basic” coffee with nice sweetness, moderate acidity and medium-full body.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe: A bright and complex coffee. Lemon, tea, hints of other citrus and berry come to mind, with almond and butter also coming through in the aroma.

Kenya Karatina: Wine, orange, and caramel are the primary flavors of this tangy coffee. Sweetness increases as it cools. This Kenya also features a buttery aroma, smooth aftertaste and light-med body.

Peru Organic Swiss Water Process Decaf: A clean, almost minty aroma, followed by some nutty flavors and earthiness. Overall an enjoyable decaf, with a muted lemon tea flavor, minimal sweetness, and medium body.

I’ll save the other notes until we've decided what we’re ordering for sure. Keep your eyes open, because soon we will have Fair Trade and Organic coffees added to our offerings!

We’d love to hear what you think about cupping:

Have you done it? What parts of the process interest you? What flavors do you look for in coffee? Leave a comment below with your thoughts or questions about cupping.

Happy Holidays!
-Jessamyn at Voyage Coffee Roasters

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hello There

Hey, we have a blog. 

Since this is our first post ever, how about a little bit about ourselves. 

We are a family-owned roasting company located in Eugene, OR. We supply coffee to businesses, individuals, and anyone else who loves coffee in quantities starting at 1/2 lb. We offer three roasts and two grinds to keep things simple, but custom roasts and blends are available upon request. Our wholesale option is great for offices and other businesses and all orders over 5 lbs are discounted. Contact us if you'd like to place a recurring order. Delivery is always free in Eugene and Springfield!

Our Mission: 

At Voyage Coffee Roasters, our commitment to excellence comes from our love of great coffee. We carefully select our beans from all over the world to bring you rich flavor and quality. Our coffee is artisan roasted to ensure that it’s always fresh and delicious. Let us take your senses on a journey with our coffee.

We are socially connected:
Facebook: facebook.com/voyagecoffee. Your way to let us know you "like" us. 
Twitter: @voyagecoffee. The best place to find quick updates about our products. 
Google+: plus.google.com/100605223977359783007. Like Facebook, but Google. 
YouTube: youtube.com/user/VoyageCoffeeRoasters. Maybe someday we'll have videos?
Pinterest: pinterest.com/voyagecoffee. We'll put up some pictures of coffee, recipes and diy ideas and other stuff we think is cool. 

We also have a website: voyagecoffee.com. It's pretty sweet, you can even order using your Amazon account and have your delicious coffee shipped right to your door. 

And just in case that's not enough ways to contact us: 
Phone: 541-525-0721
Email: info@voyagecoffee.com

Follow this blog for stuff like cupping notes, pictures, and facts about our coffee. 

at Voyage Coffee Roasters