Inside the Box: August Edition

August Coffee Club Box

Our August box showcases three roasters from different parts of the Tampa Region; Ybor, Largo, and Lutz. We are excited to introduce you to Java Planet, Sombra, and Hattie’s! We spent time working with each roaster to select the best coffee for our members. It is important to us that we give you a variety of flavor profiles and roast levels in each box.

So, without further adieu, here are our coffees this month:

Java Planet Coffee August

(Photo by Miguel Feliciano)

Java Planet: Organic, Fair Trade Sumatra

  • Roast Level: Full City (Dark)
  • Notes: Spices, Fall Leaves, Maple
  • Process: Wet Hulled

About the Coffee: This dark roasted, rich and full-bodied coffee with notes of chocolate was grown as a part of the Koperasi Pedagang Kopi Ketiara. This woman-run cooperative, with over 890 members, cultivates coffee in the forests of North Sumatra. In 2012, this co-op became organic and Fair Trade certified. This coffee is harvested between the months of September-May.

About the Roaster: Java Planet Organic Coffee Roasters is a family owned business that has been providing 100% certified organic and Fair Trade coffee to families and businesses throughout Tampa since 2009. Jennifer and Mike Simmons, the owners, are committed to providing the best tasting, highest quality product that also supports a healthy body, community, and planet. They are the proud recipients of the 2015 Tampa Sustainability award. This award validates their goals to be a local, organic, fair trade coffee company that gives back to the community.

Sombra Coffee August

(Photo by Miguel Feliciano)

Sombra Coffee: Costa Rica Honey

  • Roast Level: Full City (Medium)
  • Notes: Sweet, Caramel, Citrus Fruits
  • Process: Semi-Washed

About the Coffee: Grown in the Naranjo Mountains in the West Valley, this Caturra Catuai varietal is semi-washed. During the milling process, the mucilage is left on the parchment while the beans dry in the sun. The sugars and alcohols in the mucilage help dictate the flavor profile of the coffee. The final result is a bean with intense sweetness, heightened mouth feel, and rounded acidity.

About the Roaster: Founder, Bobbi Gillespie, discovered her passion for Speciality Arabica Coffee while living in Mexico City, Mexico. Learning that higher quality coffees are grown in the shade, in their natural eco-environment, she chose the name “Sombra” (Spanish for “shade”).  Bobbi began roasting on an old Otto Swadlo roaster from Vienna in 2006. She now supplies Single-Origin coffees to cafes in the area. Bobbi is a certified Barista and offers training and consulting to other coffee shop owners, one of which she is co-owner: Gypsy Souls Coffeehouse.

Hatties Coffee August

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Hattie’s Cafe & Beanery: Wake Up! Blend

  • Roast Level: Full City (Medium)
  • Notes: Fig, Strong Chocolate, Caramel
  • Process: Washed

About the Coffee: Hattie’s popular Wake Up! Blend combines the boldness of a Kenya AA with the mellow sweetness of Papua New Guinea. The medium roast level retains just enough fig-flavored acidity, while introducing faint chai spice notes and a deep body of chocolate and caramel. Perfect balance and a creamy mouth feel make this the perfect cup to “Wake Up!” to.

About the Roaster: The good people at Hattie’s Cafe & Beanery are looking forward to celebrating the shop’s third birthday, but the restaurant and family have roots in Tampa Bay that reach back over 75 years. With a focus on coffee that is sourced through socially and environmentally responsible avenues, Hattie’s quality and freshness have quickly come into high demand in their community. The family and staff are proud to serve some of the finest food and drink to the finest folks around!

August Coffee Club Box

We hope you enjoy the coffee this month as much as we do! For more information about the roasters we work with, please visit our Local Roasters page.

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