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Holiday Happenings November 25 2015

It's the holiday time here in Hampden and things are starting up this weekend.  First off, we'll be open on Thanksgiving Day from 9am to 12noon so come down and see Javiera and Sarah for all your coffee needs. We've got some great new coffees from friends in Dubai and Seoul this weekend so you don't want to miss out. On Saturday, the Miracle on 34th Street lights up for...

How we source coffee September 10 2015

I'm often asked how we source our coffee. For many years, we sourced coffee via the most simplest route: we bought roasted coffee from other coffee companies. Companies like Hines Public Market Coffee, Intelligentsia, Stumptown, Ecco Caffe and Barefoot. These companies were operated by my friends and all of them shared a commitment to the ethical sourcing of coffee. In 2011, when we decided to start roasting our own coffee...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 5 - Loma La Gloria February 25 2015

This is Part 5 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. For Parts 1, 2, 3 or 4. “You haven’t called me in four years,” the tone was emphatic but playful, and I swear it’s only been three years, not four. But arguing a point with a Latin woman is always ill-advised.  Anny Ruth Pimentel observes the bags of pergamino (parchment) coffee stacked to the rafters in the...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 4 - Malacara B and El Borbollon February 17 2015

This is Part 4 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. For Parts 1, 2 or 3.  A worker picks out defects from African-style drying beds at Beneficio El Borbollon. After a night of grilled meats, beverages, cigars and bonfires, the thought for Valentine’s morning was a leisurely cupping followed by breakfast and then a trip to visit Finca Malacara B - that is,...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 3 - Cuatro M February 16 2015

This is Part 3 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. For Part Two.   After morning breakfast with Hermann and Nena Mendez, we’re on the way back down the mountain a bit to Cuatro M Coffees - a beneficio specializing in processing high-quality microlots. At the helm of Cuatro M is Emilio Diaz, coffee grower, miller, roaster and a vocal leader within...

#OrigenCA2015, Part 2 - Finca Talnamica February 15 2015

This is Part 2 of our Coffee Origin Trip to Central America, follow along on Instagram with #OrigenCA2015. Three year old Oscar Jesus welcomes us to Finca Talnamica while the workers sort their harvested coffee cherries. The journey from Nicaragua to El Salvador was a relatively easy one, except for waking up for the first flight out after having spent the evening eating and imbibing at one of my favorite...

#OrigenCA2015 - Nicaragua February 14 2015

Bienvenidos a Finca La Aurora in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Familia Ferrufino and Finca La Aurora This month I’m off to Central America to seek out coffees for the coming year. First stop: Nicaragua where I spend a few days with the Ferrufino family visiting their Finca La Aurora in Matagalpa.  Red Bourbon coffee cherries ripe and ready for harvest at La Aurora. I first visited La Aurora last March during a...

Something Salty, Something Sweet September 14 2014

Just received this photo from one of our good friends, R. Miguel Meza of Rusty's Hawaiian Ka'u Coffee in Hawai'i. What you're looking at is a special prep coffee exclusively for Spro. Arabica Typica beans that are being naturally sun-dried and rubbed in Hawaiian Sea Salt. Over the next few weeks, our coffee will be processed with salt at various stages to enhance the flavors of the coffee. They've done...

Baratza Grinders Are Here! April 15 2014

People ask me all the time: "What kind of grinder should I use at home?" Most people are familiar with the whirly-bird type coffee grinders and, for the most part, they should be avoided. The whirly-bird design produces an inconsistent grind that will typically have very fine particulates and very coarse bits, all at the same time. This wide range of grind sizes leads to uneven extraction and doesn't offer...

Spring 2014 Special! April 15 2014

April Showers bring Spring Specials! Okay, so it doesn't rhyme as nice as the old tale but we went a little crazy with all of the cold, snow and polar vortex of this past winter and we're bringing a little of that craziness back to you with our Spring Special. Get a BonaVita Brewer (normally $60), a box of 100 Filtropa #4 Filters ($7), a Spro Elements Mug ($15) and...

Trip Report: Nicaragua - The Road to Jinotega March 12 2014

The express bus to Jinotega. I'm back on the road again, this time I'm off to Nicaragua for twelve days of visiting coffee farms, cupping new crop coffees and also visiting the cigar factory that makes the Fratello cigar. It's been about three years since my last trip to Nicaragua. Previously, my trips to Central America focused around judging coffee competitions. During those trips, we might get a day or...

Tableside S'mores! December 13 2013

Master Creamer David Alima of The Charmery woos his wife, Laura, with previously unseen marshmallow rituals.   The cold weather means that it's Tableside Smores time once again at Spro! Come in and share the love. Each order contains a Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bar, Honey Maid Graham Crackers and homemade marshmallow by Laura Alima of The Charmery. Included are two sticks for roasting your marshmallow and a sterno-fired flame. Roast...
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