It's cold outside, windy, rainy, cloudy. It's March already. Please come inside, we serve good coffee, hearty, flowery, dreamy.
In this month, We hosted our second free coffee cupping event on the 5th. Glad to see more people show up and experience tasting with us. Our main focus was on the regions. We served four sets of cupping, all the way from Colombia to Ethiopia to Peru to Congo. Everyone was able to distinguish flavour notes from each region of coffee beans: the nutty Peruvian, floral Ethiopian, the citric Colombian and the all-around Congonian. All we know is that there are many people around the world devote themselves into this industry and work so hard from farm to shop, from seed to cup, just to make sure every little bean shines. We should stay cherished for all the resources we have.
Also in this Month, our roaster and owner Justin attended " night of 1000 pours" latte art competition by Equator Coffee from San Francisco. All the money was raised to help support ACLU of Northern California. Even though Justin did not win, he realized that coffee was actually very powerful when a knowledgeable community started to be aware of people's need, and utilize coffee to do something even bigger. As the first speciality coffee shop in Merced, it's somehow our responsibility to provide the opportunities for our lovely local people to try good coffee from all around the world, without covered by sugar, creamer and additional flavourings.
Next, we will announce our third coffee cupping event, since we just got some amazing beans from Yunan, Fuyan China. It is very rare for a coffee shop to carry coffee beans from China. There is not much research for this region. When people talk about Yunan, the first word that comes out is Pu-er, the hall-of-fame black tea. Yunan does not have a long history of planting coffee trees either. Roaster Justin has been negotiating with the importer that works directly for this Chinese coffee farm for a while. After receiving a sample size of green beans from them, he roasted using the profile of his Colombia. he was absolutely stunned after cupping. "The most chocolaty beans so far..." he said. If you sign up for our upcoming coffee cupping event, you will have a chance to taste this bean before it is released.
It is windy and gloomy outside, but please remember to have a cup of coffee, to smile, to create your own sunshine.