Hello friends, in all the excitement over our move, I completely forgot to mention all the new coffees we have in! These are all completely new to us and we're so excited to share them with you! I'll put very brief descriptions below, but to find out all the juicy details, click on each coffee's picture for a link to it's full listing.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere Chelelektu Natural: Sweet, complex and full of berry flavors, this coffee is sure to please any fan of natural processed Ethiopian coffee. Full bodied and silky with moderate acidity, look for big notes of blueberry and strawberry accompanied with subtle lavender and a touch of baker's chocolate.
Honduras Marcala RAOS Organic: This exceptional coffee is balanced, creamy and full bodied. With just a bit of zesty front end and notes of baker's chocolate and caramel, it makes for a comforting fall cup.
Tanzania Mbeya Peaberry: Selected from family farms in the Mbeya region, this offering is delightfully sweet with a gentle herbal accompaniment. Silky and easy drinking, look for notes of lemonade, caramel, hibiscus and green apple.
Mexico Chiapas San Fernando Mountain Water Decaf: This swiss water processed organic decaf is sweet and creamy with a bright front end and slightly nutty finish. With a medium body full of cocoa and graham cracker notes, this coffee is easy drinking and sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Kenya Nyeri Gura Peaberry: This delicious peaberry offering from the Othaya Farmer's Cooperative Society is tangy and sweet with a medium to full body and silky texture. Notes of grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar and raisin followed by a dry finish that is characteristically Kenyan.
Brazil Sul de Minas Castanhas: A carefully selected and prepped coffee, this offering stands out in a sea of mediocre Brazilian coffees. Mild acidity and moderate complexity with a full body and creamy mouthfeel, this offering features subtle notes of green grape, cocoa powder and peanut.
Hello friends! we've got a HUGE announcement today: we have consolidated ownership of TCC under one Captain and moved our headquarters from North Carolina to Oregon. Whew, what a journey it's been! We are SO excited for the future of The Captain's Coffee and have many plans to improve and grow, so read on if you'd like to know more!
Let me start by introducing myself, the now sole owner of The Captain's Coffee: my name is David Tatum and I have been the co-owner of TCC since 2015. I purchased it in partnership with Josiah and Meredith Davis, the owners of Local Lion, and we moved TCC operations to their coffee shop in Boone, NC. At that time, we were already partners in a coffee roasting business, so TCC felt like a natural addition to that. During that time, we operated 3 companies out of that small coffee shop! That time was an absolute blessing, but after a while, I began to notice the limitations of such an environment. For one thing, I was trying to do too much and wasn't able to invest nearly as much time, energy and money as I wanted to into Captain's Coffee. Our roasting business kept me busy roasting coffee for local shops as well as doing consulting, barista training and fixing espresso machines. Additionally, squeezing so many businesses into one small coffee shop really limited our options on physical growth. As much as I loved the work I was doing with TCC and the wonderful folks at Local Lion, there just wasn't enough time and resources for me to give it the attention I knew it deserved. It was time for a change!
Early this year, my wife and I both realized we had gotten restless with our work situations. After many months of discussion and deliberation, we decided we were ready for a REALLY big change and a new chapter in our lives. We had fallen in love with Oregon years ago when we visited together and decided we wanted to make it our new home. So I had a choice to make: sell my interest in The Captain's Coffee and start fresh, or take it with me! After more discussions and thoughtful consideration, it became clear to me that it really wasn't a choice at all. Owning and operating The Captain's Coffee was my dream job, so it was coming with me!
I do apologize for not releasing this news earlier, but with such a huge move for my family and TCC, there were too many things that could have gone sideways and I don't like jerking folks around. I really wasn't sure it was all gonna happen, much less when it would happen, until everything finally came together...but that time has come! That's right, I've been here in beautiful Eugene, Oregon for the last 4 weeks preparing everything for a smooth transition. In the meantime, my old partners, the amazing folks at Local Lion, have been taking sole charge of all your orders and doing their level best to supply your coffee needs. I am forever grateful to those fine folks for that as well as for their support and encouragement for me, my family and for The Captain's Coffee.
Now, on to the really important info: how will this move impact YOU? Well not to worry! As I mentioned earlier, I have been hard at work preparing for this transition and I am confident it will go smoothly. For our new West Coast neighbors, you can expect your orders to arrive much sooner than usual under normal circumstances, though the slowly dwindling wildfires may continue to impact all shipping operations with a short delay just for the next couple weeks. As for our East Coast friends, we haven't forgotten about you! We want to continue to be your source of amazing green coffee and coffee info. Your orders will take a day or two longer than you're used to, but I'm working hard to get orders out the door as fast as possible to keep that minimal. You may just want to get in the habit of keeping a closer eye on your supply and order your coffee a day or two sooner than you currently do! We have experienced one hiccup though, our roaster isn't set to arrive till December. I'm really bummed about not being able to offer roasted coffee till then and I sincerely apologize for that interruption...but it would take me ages to roast all your orders in my whirley pop! In the meantime, if you'd like to continue purchasing roasted coffee from Local Lion, just send me an email and I'll put you in contact with them. Until then, we'll be focusing on our green coffee and I'll focus on other great improvements I've got in store for you!
Speaking of which, I can not emphasize enough how excited I am about growing The Captain's Coffee! While we wait for our roaster, we'll be putting most of our effort into making sure this transition continues to go as smoothly as possible. In the coming months I've got a laundry list of improvements coming and a couple small ones that will happen right away. One of these is our packaging. I think there is a lot of room for improvement here and I've already switched over to new bags. After much research, I've landed on plastic bags which can be recycled at any grocery store or big box store along with your grocery bags! This was the best compromise between keeping your green coffee safe from moisture and oxygen while providing a greener solution (our old bags actually couldn't be recycled as they mixed plastic liners and paper). But most importantly, I want to involve you in the process! Email me directly with any and all feedback and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org, I want to hear your suggestions and I'll do my level best to respond to all of them.
Once we're good and settled in here, I'm also planning to do many more guides and tutorials, both in written and video format. One of my favorite aspects of this job is geeking out about coffee! Let me know what sorts of topics you're interested in covering. Should I do videos on cupping? How about breaking down using moisture loss for roast analysis? New guides on using specific roasters? Best brewers to take on your next camping trip? Let me know! I've learned so much over the 15 years I've been in coffee and yet there's more to learn everyday, so if you've got the hottest latest coffee news, I encourage you to teach me as well as your fellow coffee fanatics a thing or two!
Well I feel like I've talked long enough about this move. I hope the major thing I've imparted to you is just how excited I am about the opportunities these changes present and how elated I am that I can now commit my full energy and time to TCC! I want to personally thank you all from the bottom of my heart for making that a reality and I look forward to making The Captain's Coffee the best experience it can be.
Fresh crops from Indonesia and the Oceanic region are hitting the states! That's right, the wet-hulled wonders, the kings of dark roasting, the.....javas from Java are here! Also, stay tuned friends, because we've got a VERY exciting announcement coming in the next few weeks! Until then, grab these delicious coffees before they get gone:
Flores Bajawa Ngura Organic: That's right folks, the Komodo Dragon is back! A local favorite in our shop, this delicious coffee offers an earthy accompaniment of baker's chocolate, vanilla and sweet cedar. Huge body and syrupy mouthfeel with very low acidity and a long lingering finish. Perfect for fans of dark roasting!
Sulawesi Toraja Sapan-Minanga: From the highest mountains of Indonesia, this coffee is surprisingly crisp for a wet-hulled coffee. Expect the same huge body and syrupy texture, just with a touch more zing on the front end! Another coffee that's high grown nature lends it well to dark roasting, look for complex notes of baker's chocolate, molasses and licorice with a sweet, woody finish.
East Timor Organic: Now for the most unique coffee on this list! While East Timor isn't a part of Indonesia, it is grown in the same region under the same conditions as it's neighbors. The big difference here is that East Timor coffee is fully washed! This results in a cleaner cup with less complexity while still retaining the low acidity and huge body. Look for notes of brown sugar, cherry and hints of spice.
In addition, we've also got restocks of current crops from Java and Sumatra so don't forget to complete the whole collection! Oh! and how could we forget? We finally got a fresh bag of Swiss Water Decaf in! Help yourself to our newest Organic offering: Honduras Swiss Water Process Decaf.
Hello friends! Hope all of you are continuing to stay well and healthy as always! We've got some exciting new arrivals in, 4 to be exact, including a direct trade honey processed Honduras.
Honduras Finca Mira Flores Honey Organic: From our direct trade partner, De La Finca Coffee, comes another fantastic family offering and this time it's Honey Processed! For those unfamiliar, Honey Processing brings the best of both worlds from fully washed beans as well as natural processed beans. Slightly complex, moderately bright and very sweet, it's got a silky body and a quick, clean finish. Look for notes of caramel, red apple and rich brown sugar.
Ethiopia Sidamo Durato Bombe Natural: It strikes us lately that we give too much love to coffee from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia and leave out other stellar offerings from the Sidamo region! Well, it's time to change that. This amazing coffee has surprisingly huge body for a natural processed coffee along with the expected crisp front end and complex, sweet flavors. Expect super juicy notes of blueberry, pineapple and plum with a lingering brown sugar finish.
Mexico Chiapas Tzeltal Tzotzil Organic: Don't ask us to pronounce it, all we know is that it's great coffee! This tiny coop from the Chiapas region produces some of the best Mexican coffee we've had in years. Highly drinkable, slightly complex and a warm, lingering chocolate finish. Look for notes of milk chocolate, honey and cherry.
Guatemala Huehuetenango Cafe de Mujeres Organic: This small selection from the ASOBAGRI coop from Huehuetenango is simply superb stuff! A bit more balanced and clean than other coffees from the region with the same rich body and creamy texture. Enjoy notes of caramel, meyer lemon and pear.
Hey Friends! We hope all of you are continuing to stay safe during this challenging time. We're excited to announce that we've got 4 fresh harvests just in, all returning favorites!
Kenya Nyeri Boma AA: We had the pleasure of trying this coffee a couple years ago and absolutely loved it, this year's harvest is the best yet! Bright and crisp but balanced with unusually high sweetness, it's got amazing body and a silky texture. A slightly tannic finish but less "winey" than most Kenyan coffees. Look for notes of grapefruit, papaya and plum.
Peru Sol y Cafe Organic: This coffee is always a favorite of ours when it's harvest season comes up. While we would describe it as subtle and mild compared to most coffees, it's surprisingly bold for a Peruvian coffee. Balanced and easy going, look for notes of milk chocolate, caramel and mild lemon.
Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca de Injertal: This estate always proves to be a top seller for us! It's as good as Huehuetenango coffee gets. Slightly complex, bold and flavorful, it is delicious by itself and also brings plenty to the table in blends. Try a variety of roast levels! Right at full city to full city + you'll find notes of dark chocolate, caramel and meyer lemon with an almond finish.
Costa Rica Cumbres del Poas Organic: Another returning favorite that just gets better with every harvest! Exceptionally balanced and clean with a medium to light body and silky sweet texture. Lovers of light to medium roasts will get the most out of this offering! Expect notes of caramel, sweet orange and red apple.