Save the Date: Brew School | May 23

Friday, April 25th, 2014No Comments

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Save the date: Our next Brew School event will take place Friday, May 23. Stop by the roastery and take part in a hands-on workshop where we’ll focus on pour-over techniques for making great coffee at home. Our brew school class will cover a variety of brewing methods like Chemex, Hario and Aeropress. Manual brewing and tasting exercises will help coffee lovers detect flavour attributes and recognize taste characteristics, refining your palette and raising your coffee IQ. Learn how Cherry Hill Coffee roasts coffee and see for yourself our artisan approach to coffee roasting. This is also a great opportunity to try some different coffee’s and get a sneak peak at new arrivals. You won’t find another coffee tasting experience like this in Kelowna or the Okanagan Valley. There’s no cost but be sure to RSVP to save your spot through EventBrite! This workshop will take begin at 3PM on Friday May 23, 2014 in Cherry Hill Coffee’s lab at the Kelowna roastery. 1-1404 Hunter Court, Kelowna BC, V1X 6E6.

Sumatra Ika

Friday, April 25th, 2014No Comments

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Cherry Hill Coffee is really excited about our latest Limited Offering from the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. We couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Ika ‘Red Cherry Special Prep’ Organic coffee.

The Red Cherry Project has a wonderful story and is a showcase for the true potential of Indonesian coffee and this pilot project. This coffee comes from the family owned Jagong Mill and surrounding farms owned by Irham Junus, located in the Takengon coffee region of Indonesia. The Jagong mill was apparently built as something as an experiment by the Dutch, trying to develop better, more consistent coffees from the area. During the Achenese war, the mill was abandoned, and Irham was able to negotiate a purchase – so the Jagong mill is now owned by the Gayo Organic Coffee Association. Sumatra is a notoriously disorganized and confusing coffee origin prone to long delays and inconsistent production, however this mill and its coffee – grown in the surrounding valleys and washed at Jagong in the treasure of the Gayo mountains – is an exception.

Every farmer knows that this coffee is special, and that it is unique to these highlands. Local legend says that this was the very first place in Sumatra where coffee was planted, and I believe it. These are still the spice islands, as well, and farmers grow cinnamon and cloves on their farms, along with fruit trees like tangerine, snakefruit, and the famous spiky durian. The Jagong mill is a truly artisanal mill where farmers bring their cherry for crafting. The motto of the Jagong Mill “Jagalah Kebershian” which means “keep it clean” is a perfect descriptor for the mill – it’s a completely unique place in the Sumatran highlands – a place where coffees are fully fermented and washed before wet-hulling and drying.

Irham and the farmers have been working harder in recent years, focusing on cherry ripeness. Ripeness, of course, means sweetness, and we’ve indeed noticed the syrupy sweetness of Jagong coffee in the cup. By only using ripe red fruit, Irham and his family are pioneering something truly unique in Sumatra. As they control the whole process from tree to mill to export, they are able to avoid the long and intricate supply lines that can compromise Sumatran quality. With a clean cup and trademark full body and unique, earthy flavours, this “Red Cherry” proves to be a true potential of Sumatra and the wet-hulled process.

What does “wet-hulled” mean? During this processing method, the coffee cherry is hand-picked from the tree and held in fermentation tanks for about a day and then quickly washed and dried to 40-45% moisture. At this time, the parchment is removed, the green coffee is laid out on cement patios for several more days to dry to 20-25% moisture. After the final sorting, the beans are dried to 13% moisture before being prepared for export.

The Sumatra Red Cherry Organic has a rich, complex sweetness that is balanced with a depth of dark fruits that makes it deliciously satisfying – order online to try at home or stop by the roastery for a pour-over experience.

Read more about the ‘Red Cherry Project’, Royal Coffee has a great piece on how better production methods are leading to better quality coffee in Indonesia.

Limited Offering: Palmor y La Secreta

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014No Comments

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Our Limited Offerings have just been updated and for the first time in a very long time we’re happy to offer a Colombian coffee. This is a Fair Trade Organic coffee from the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Palmor y La Secreta is produced on family owned farms organized around the Asociación de Palmor y La Secreta, which has 136 members from Ciénaga, San Pablo, Minca and Palmor, communities located in the department of Magdalena, Colombia. Banana and avocado trees grow along with the coffee, producing shade and another source of income beyond coffee, which is the main source of income for this group of farmers!

A relatively light roast highlights this high grown coffee’s natural sweetness. A rich, buttery toffee aroma is matched with a delicately crisp acidity in the cup. Caramel undertones and bright green apple notes really bring this cup alive.

Cherry Hill Coffee Featured in April Roasters Pack

Thursday, April 10th, 2014No Comments

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This month Cherry Hill Coffee was pumped about being included in a new curated coffee subscription service.

Our Okanagan Gold coffee was featured along side two coffee selections from Ontario. The Roasters Pack is a multi-roaster subscription service offering consumers 4-ounce packages of whole bean coffees from a rotating roster of roasters throughout Canada. It was a great opportunity to shine a light on the coffee culture in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley and give Canadians a little west coast flavour.

Each issue of The Roasters Pack is accompanied by stories of the roasters and their coffees. As Co-Founder Suneal Pabari describes it: “For the one beverage most folks drink daily, we want to make it as enjoyable and interesting as possible. With that, we also tell the stories behind the roasters themselves with articles, photography & video interviews.”

In addition to coffees and their stories, The Roasters Pack will donate 50 cents to $1 from each box to the venerable nonprofit Coffee Kids, which runs numerous programs that assist coffee farming communities throughout Latin America. “It’s a portion of our profits and that figure is variable depending on the shipping costs,” Pabari says. “It’s a small number when looking at it on a per-box basis, but it’s something we feel that if we have a consistent number of subscriptions monthly that the total will be substantial on a monthly to yearly basis.”

The roasters they feature aren’t available on the average grocery shelf, but they’re producing exceptional coffee and they want to share with the world their beans. The Roasters Pack share their coffee, their story and then share a portion of the profits with the coffeekids.org charity.

The Roasters Pack is also selling a small selection of home brewers and accessories online, as well as providing gifts and perks like coffee art or free gear with longer subscription terms. Says Pabari, “It will vary from month to month, but our goal is for people to be excited when they receive theirs at the doorstep.”

Cherry Hill Coffee is definitely excited to be a part of this very cool concept. What a great way for coffee lovers to discover Canadian coffee roasters and for Cherry Hill Coffee to share our passion with the rest of the country!

Hario v60 Set

Monday, April 7th, 2014No Comments

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Easter is just around the corner and soon you’ll be sipping your fresh, morning coffee outside watching the kids hunt for easter eggs. What if we could make that even better. What if that delicious coffee you just brewed was made using a classic Japanese pour-over coffee brewer.

What if you could get a beautiful Hario glass server, dripper and bag of coffee for $69.  Now you can!

The pour-over technique allows you to brew directly into your server and the unique design leads to a uniform brew. Hario’s V60 range server has become the standard carafe for manual brewing in homes and cafes alike. Tough glass is formed to complement the style of the V60 dripper and is paired with a glass lid and rubber seal to maximize thermal stability. The Hario V60 has become one of the most popular manual coffee brewers available, going from odd design, to specialty coffee mainstream in a short time. The unique design of the V60 create a nice even brew. In addition, the V60 is simple and easy to clean up.

This set includes the plastic V60 dripperV60 Server, dosing scoop and 12 oz bag of our Fino coffee from El Salvador. Get hopping, and get the Hario v60 Set before this offer expires April 21st!

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