Inside the Box: April Edition

April Coffee Club Box

Wow! This month has been a whirlwind! Between meeting with three brand new roasters, to finalizing our new TCC box and website…we’ve been going non-stop! We couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to Birds of a Feather Coffee Company, Brown Bear Coffee Roastery, and BGG Roasting. We rounded out this month’s box with three very different coffees. Keep on reading to find out more…

Birds of a feather April
Birds of a Feather Coffee Company: Morning Lark Blend

  • Roast Level: City+ (Light)
  • Notes: Honey, Citrus, Spice
  • Process: Washed

About the Coffee: Morning Larks wake up early, refreshed, and ready to conquer the day. To celebrate the early risers who want a coffee as peppy as them in the mornings, the Morning Lark Blend is a classic light roast that is bright and clean on the palate without being overly acidic. This coffee features a nice honeyed sweetness, a bit of citrus, and just a hint of spice. Regardless of when you get out of bed in the morning, this cup will wake up your taste buds and put a little more spring in your step.

About the Roaster: Birds of a Feather Coffee Company is committed to providing customers with delicious, fresh-roasted, specialty-grade coffees. We purchase only the highest quality beans and roast them to perfection locally in a small-batch artisan roaster. Our flagship blends are crafted to be complex but approachable. They highlight the best qualities of specialty beans from around the world and provide a consistent, flavorful cup of coffee all year round.

BGG Roasting April

BGG Roasting: Light French Roast

  • Roast Level: French (Dark)
  • Notes: Carbony, Bitter Sweet
  • Process: Various

About the Coffee: This blend is designed to endure the rigors of dark roasting and produce excellent pungent tastes, attractive bittersweet/carbony flavors, and great body. Body is so important to a darker roast. We do not fully burn all the sugars. We leave some degree of bitter sweetness overlaid on the carbony charcoal tones- of the burned woody structure of the bean itself.

About the Roaster: My name is Brett G. Griest, founder of BGG Roasting. I grew up in Southeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. There was a little hole in the wall coffee and tea retailer I used to visit. Here, I first learned about Specialty Coffee. I bought my first single cup pour-over dripper. While I do enjoy traditional coffee houses, it was coffee shops with an on site roaster, that inspired my passion for roasting. We take pride in our selections of beans and develop custom profiles to bring out the unique flavors of each bean selection.

Brown Bear April

Brown Bear Roastery: Rwanda Kivu Kanzu

  • Roast Level: Full City (Medium/Dark)
  • Notes: Honey, Fruity, Citrus
  • Process: Washed

About the Coffee: This varietal is grown around 2000 meters above sea level on dark volcanic soil. The plants are shade grown and benefit from the higher altitude micro-climate, nutrient sequestration and biodiversity. This is truly a roaster’s delight as it ranges from honey, citrus, and fleshy fruit on the light roasts and eventually evolves to dark chocolate, fruity torte.

About the Roaster: I was born and raised in the West Indies to a family with deep agricultural roots. My great grandfather would grow and roast his own coffee and cacao. I was raised running and playing under the forest canopy where coffee grew. With a contemporary Sonofresco fluid-bed air roaster, roast data, and my diverse circle of “Tampanians”, I started the Dark Art of roasting thermodynamics; I was in search of the perfect espresso blend. Now a year later, the demand mandated growth and the decision was made to grow to a micro-roaster and offer specialty coffee to Tampa.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better group of roasters to round out our very last TCC box. It’s been a fun adventure, but it’s not over yet! May will bring BIG changes. Not only are we launching a new website, but we will be shipping out our brand new TCC box. We have been working very hard behind the scenes to make TCC even better. We can’t wait until you see all of the changes. Keep checking our social media accounts, we will be sharing lots of sneak peeks along the way!

For more information about the roasters we work with, please visit our Local Roasters page.

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