Not only does Cherry Hill Coffee count a number of two wheeled, pedal powered bicycle enthusiasts among our legion of fans but they tend to be the most loyal, die-hard coffee drinkers to boot. And now we have evidence of the lengths they will go to for a fresh brew from across the pond. Two English hipsters have created the world’s first pedal powered coffee grinder that will fit on almost any type of fixed wheel/single speed bicycle.
Gear Grinder is a small chain driven coffee grinder that grinds a single hopper of coffee, and is attached to the seat stay of a single speed bicycle. It works with a normal chain on a flip-flop hub and allows cycle loving coffee aficionados to grind their morning brew the best way possible, by foot.
As they explain on their website: “There’s a clear, often moustachioed, overlap between those who love great coffee and ride fixed-gear bikes to work every morning. We saw that as a brilliant opportunity. As far as I’m concerned this is up there with the discovery of fire and the creation of the internet in its value to the people of earth. We are massively excited about bringing something totally unique to market.”
Billed as the “the coolest grinder on the street”, the Gear Grinder can turn 20 grams of beans into fine espresso powder after a short ride. But the price tag might be tough to saddle up to even for the prêt à pédaler set, at over $625 Canadian. That could buy you a lot of beard oil.
If you do snag one, let us know…and may we recommend the light-weight and versatile Aeropress coffee brewer? Happy trails!
If your New Year’s resolution was to drink more coffee, then this is the event for you. Brew School is a hands-on coffee demo taking place at Cherry Hill Coffee in Kelowna, BC. Register for the 1st Brew School of 2014
Join Cherry Hill Coffee’s James Calder as he guides you through four coffee’s using a variety of pour-over methods. Familiarize yourself with the Hario V60, Aeropress, Able Brewing’s Kone and Fine filters and the timeless Chemex coffee brewer. Over the course of this workshop, you’ll learn about coffee production, flavour profiles, grind settings and brewing techniques as you taste your way through a flight of coffee. This is a great class for coffee geeks who can’t get enough coffee and those looking to learn a bit more about their favourite drink while trying some new beans.
There’s no cost but be sure to RSVP to save your spot! This workshop will take place at 3PM January 31, 2014 in Cherry Hill Coffee’s lab at the Kelowna roastery. 1-1404 Hunter Court, Kelowna BC, V1X 6E6
Our Holiday Coffee line-up is back.
And this year we’ve made gift-giving even easier with three new Holiday Coffee Gift Box sets to choose from. These caffeinated present ideas feature two 12oz holiday coffee offerings including Christmas Blend & Jack Frost, Gingerbread & Christmas Blend or Jack Frost & Gingerbread.
Spending time with friends and family is what the holidays are all about. Make it extra special with our delicious holly-jolly-day coffee. Jack Frost, Gingerbread and Christmas Blend will be joining our coffee line-up for the holidays. Our exclusive Holiday Blends are here for a short time only, so enjoy them while they last.
Even Old Man Winter needs a hot cup of coffee. And when he reaches for his French Press, this is what Jack is brewing. Toast the holidays with a festive blend of icy cool mint and silky smooth chocolate flavours.
Gently flavoured with a nostalgic aroma of fresh-baked gingerbread, with just a hint of brown sugar, this coffee is a perfect complement to a snowy winter day. Best of all, our flavours are natural and organic.You won’t find artificial flavours or additives in our flavoured coffee. Made with all natural ingredients, our blends offer a subtler, more natural taste profile. You can feel good knowing that you’ve chosen something that is better for your body and the earth.
A delicious blend of South American and African coffee, this North Pole fave goes over huge with the herd. A coffee as bright as your outdoor Christmas lights with a smooth finish, Christmas Blend is great for sharing with family and loved ones.
Freshly roasted in Kelowna, British Columbia and 100% organic, our holiday coffee and gift boxes make a perfect stocking stuffer for the coffee lover on your list.
DISPELLING 4 COMMON MYTHS ABOUT DECAF
As much as we like to knock Decaf coffee – and we, do trust us (Death Before Decaf, Decaf’s Like Kissing Your Sister, Decaf’s Like Sex without the Sex, etc) – Decaf coffee has come a long way. We were reminded about this last year when Cherry Hill Coffee’s David Biglow and James Calder traveled to Burnaby, British Columbia to have a first hand look at how coffee is decaffeinated on a tour of the Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company facility, where all of our delicious decaf coffee comes from for our Sansa Decaf Blend, Decaf Espresso and Caffeine Wise™ Coffee.
Decaffeinated coffee today isn’t your dad’s decaf. Unfortunately though, some of us are still drinking in the dark ages. You see, most decaffeination processes employ chemical solvents such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to strip caffeine molecules from the green coffee bean.
At Swiss Water, water is sourced from the Coast Mountains to gently remove the caffeine until the coffee beans are 99.9% caffeine-free, while maintaining the bean’s distinctive origin and flavor characteristics. It’s not rocket science, but almost. For the science buffs and six sigma black belts out there you can learn more about the process here. If you’re drinking Decaf from Cherry Hill Coffee you can be sure that no chemicals were used to remove the caffeine from the coffee.
The folks over at Swiss Water have done a great job debunking some misconceptions about Decaf coffee. We thought we’d let the experts at Swiss Water shed some light on those lingering myths for you.
Myth 1. Decaf contains harsh or harmful chemicals: While it’s true that many decaffeination processes employ chemical solvents such as methylene chloride or ethyl acetate to strip caffeine molecules from the green coffee bean, Coffee decaffeinated with SWISS WATER® Process does not. Swiss Water uses water from the Coast mountains of British Columbia to remove the caffeine. Again, not all coffee without caffeine is created equal, so learn to ask the right questions to ensure you get the best experience possible.
Myth 2. Decaf tastes funny: Some chemical methods to remove caffeine from coffee (see myth 1) may subtly alter the coffee’s taste. (Ethyl acetate, for example, can leave an apple note.) But that is not an issue when you drink quality coffee that has had its caffeine removed in a non-chemical way, such as with Swiss Water Process decaf coffee. When it’s done like this, the bean’s distinctive origin and flavor characteristics are not altered, and all you taste is great coffee. Ask around at your favourite coffee shops about the type of beans they use, and the type of decaf process. It can make a huge difference.
Myth 3. Coffee’s health benefits come from caffeine: Actually, most of the health benefits derived from coffee come from the antioxidants effect of the polyphenols contained within the coffee, regardless of whether there is caffeine in it or not. In fact, some of the health benefits are even stronger when the caffeine has been removed.
Myth 4. Even decaf contains a significant amount of caffeine: Coffee decaffeinated with SWISS WATER® Process is actually 99.9 percent caffeine free – that is certainly not enough residual caffeine to keep you up at night.
So go ahead, armed with all this information, and try some decaf. We think the coffee lover in you will be pleasantly surprised.
Cherry Hill Coffee has been working tirelessly over the last six months developing a new line-up of exceptional seasonal coffees. We’ve redoubled our efforts in sourcing the best quality coffees from around the world and taken our hand-crafted artisan approach to quality one step further to bring you our Limited Offering
Celebrating the freshest coffees available right now, Cherry Hill Coffee’s Limited Offering is perfect for coffee lovers looking for a little excitement in their cup. These lighter style roasts bring out bright, fruity notes that will light up your palette.
There are three coffees to choose from along with a seasonal espresso. Our first coffee comes to us from Latin America. It’s a micro lot produced by a Honduran female farmer named Luz Zelaya. She belongs to COMUCAP, a small all-woman co-operative near La Paz, Honduras.
This is the first year that the co-op has separated their harvest into micro lots, and this coffee blew away the other offerings on the table from Honduras when we were cupped them.
Fully washed Bourbon, Typica and Catuai varietals produce a wonderfully bright taste profile with a crisp green apple sweetness and a brown sugar aroma followed with a very clean finish.
Next up is a classic South American coffee. Fazenda Colina is one of the only wholly certified organic farms in the the Cerrado region of Brazil. They have been certified since 2007. The farm is about 76 hectares in total with about 50 hectares of coffee trees. Along with organic certification, the farm has also been certified Biodynamic, which is a testament to their dedication to care for the nutrition of the soils, the coffee trees, and the environment.
Rounding out our Limited Offering selection is a beautiful naturally processed coffee from Ethiopia. Banko Dhadhato serves up a mind-blowing juicy strawberry flavour profile, complemented by an Earl Grey tea-like finish.
Banko Dhadhato is a relatively new cooperative of 281 members formerly part of the larger Worka Cooperative — which we couldn’t get enough of last year.
Banko is a “natural” processed coffee meaning it is sun-dried with the cherry fruit still on the bean. This processing method is what enhances those big fruity flavours.
Lastly, our Sâison Seasonal Espresso combines all 3 distinct offerings – Luz Zelaya (Honduras), Banko Dhadhato (Ethiopia) and Fazenda Colina (Brasil) – in one blend to produce a dynamic, sweet, and complex shot.
Like Kelowna in autumn, this espresso is crisp and refreshing with a slice of brightness. Highlighting the best qualities of each Limited Offering component, our Sâison produces a rich espresso that is balanced and delicious on its own, and great with milk.
We hope you enjoy trying these new and distinctive coffees and look forward to bring you new delicious coffee in the months to come.
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