In addition to our signature blends, we are proud to offer several Single Origin beans. Each and every of our Single Origin beans are sourced from a single, specific coffee-growing-region, which means you can count on a smooth, consistent taste and the knowledge of exactly where your coffee comes from.
Think of it like terroir, which is so important in tasting wine. Coffee has the same thing! The flavor and character of the bean is directly influenced by the location in which it is grown, along with the tender loving care of the local farmers. And it's evident in our Single Origin beans.
So, without further ado, we present Guatemala Huehuetenango and Decaf Guatemala Aldea Santa Avelina!
Huehuetenango is located in the highland regions of Guatemala and produces a very distinguished bean, considered by many to be the best in the country overall. We have lightly roasted these beans, bringing out a citrus sweetness and toffee taste, with hints of walnut.
Our Guatemala Huehuetenango is Organic certified.
Aldea Santa Avelina comes from smallholder farms located in the village of Las Moritas, San Antonio La Paz, El Progreso. These farms are located at an average 1,700 meters above sea level, making it one of the tallest producing areas of the region. We have lightly roasted these beans, bringing out a burnt sugar and berry flavor, with a slightly wine-like acidity. Our Decaf Guatemala Aldea Santa Avelina is Organic certified.
Since we've got you here, let's talk about our decaffeination process -
it's actually very interesting!
Our decaf beans are produced using the Mountain Water Process. First off, coffee beans are always decaffeinated while they are still green (before they are roasted). Some processes use solvents to remove the naturally occurring caffeine - but not ours, not ever!
In the Mountain Water Process, the green beans are soaked in very hot water, which dissolves the caffeine. The water is then drawn off and passed through a filter, which captures the large caffeine molecules, while allowing the smaller flavor and oil molecules to pass through, maintaining the taste and mouthfeel of regular coffee. And that's it! Voila, decaf coffee. Who knew?!
Perfect for when you want to enjoy and appreciate the delicious flavor of coffee, with the caffeine bump.
Check out our Single Origin beans!
Bayfield, Wis. - Chapter EL, P.E.O., Ashland Chapter and Big Water Coffee Roasters have selected Kelsie Shield, Washburn, as the recipient of the 2017 Community Partnership Scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded at the May 24 Awards Assembly at Washburn High School.
The new scholarship, a joint effort by the the two organizations, was made available to female high school students who exhibit the potential for success in Ashland, Bayfield, Drummond, South Shore and Washburn.
"The applicants for this scholarship were all outstanding. It was a difficult decision and we seek to honor each of the young women who were nominated for this award," said Therese House, president of the local Chapter EL, of P.E.O.
"We are so proud to be a part of this worthwhile effort. It makes us happy to be able to help local women achieve their educational goals," said Jason Reichel, Director of Operations for Big Water Coffee Roasters.
The following students were also nominated for the award: Grace Pendergrass from Drummond High School, Sarah Daugherty from Washburn High School, Jenah Valin from Ashland High School, Emma Ostrenga from South Shore High School and Rachael Teeter from South Shore High School
Chapter EL, P.E.O., Ashland Chapter and Big Water Coffee Roasters teamed up at Bayfield's 55th annual Apple Festival in October of 2016. P.E.O. members volunteered their time at a booth outside the cafe on historic Rittenhouse Ave., selling coffee beans and brewed coffee, with a portion of all sales going toward the creation of this new scholarship. In all, Big Water Coffee donated a total of $1077, the majority of which is going to the local scholarship, with a portion allocated to existing P.E.O. awards.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations. For more information about the local chapter of P.E.O., visit www.peochapterel.com.
Big Water Coffee Roasters is a coffee roastery and cafe located in downtown Bayfield. For more information, visit www.bigwatercoffee.com.
The Fall 2015 Garbanzo Gazette, published by Whole Foods Co-op in Duluth, featured this profile on Big Water Coffee Roasters Cooperative!
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