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Nate Hrobak

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SAD?

Posted by Nate Hrobak

February 26, 2010 14:14 PM

Every year Seasonal Affective Disorder (whose meaning is summed up in its acronym: SAD) reasserts itself on my psyche. As winter wears on, simultaneously wearing on everyone's nerves, with the exception of the unique group of people who engage in outdoor wintertime activities, It seems as though the world will never be warm again.

On a positive note, along with the weather-related funk, mid to late winter also brings some great coffees. Coffee, like any other agricultural product, has peaks and valleys in its harvest, and subsequently, its quality and freshness. We're finally working our way through last year's crop of coffee, which is starting to seem a tad lackluster. At the same time, we're starting to receive newly harvested coffee that practically sings with nice fresh notes; clean and sparkling - just like the spring that is sure to arrive any day now.

This bright note in an otherwise windy and cold reality has become one of my life's little pleasures. I hope you enjoy some of the bright and juicy coffee flavors that will be finding their way onto our shelves now, and in the coming months.

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Brian Aliffi

Caribou Roastmaster since 2005
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Glimmers of Spring in the sparkle of Winter

Posted by Brian Aliffi

February 17, 2010 16:04 PM

Just came from a meeting with some of our managers in the downtown St. Paul, MN area and gave them a sneak peak on this year's Perennial Blend. You may know that every year we try to convince you that spring is upon us by offering a blend of coffees that embody the spirit of the season. This is a thinly veiled ploy to distract you from the heaps of snow along the roadways (admittedly this is a Minnesota perspective on the state of the weather, but play along with me, won't you?) but within every lie is a nugget of truth.

We made Perennial out of desire to feature what's best about new crop arrivals, full of fresh flavors of flowers and sweetness mixed against a rich, velvety background that reminds you this is still coffee. Sounds pretty Spring-like, wouldn't you say? Well, as i was spilling out this story to our managers while the Chemex i brewed dripped slowly down through the filter, quizzing them about the origins that make up this blend, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Papua New Guinea, i sprung a bit of a surprise on them. We've decided to boost the freshness of the blend by adding an addition. Kenya! Winy and rich, with hints of burgundy and spice. I was somewhat unprepared for their reaction as they began sipping.

They loved it. Missing was the rush of acidity and replacing it was an immediate sweetness that wrapped itself around your tongue while gently tickling your cheeks and finishing with a pleasing bittersweet chocolate deliciousness. Seldom have i offered a coffee to a group that was so universally appreciated. You'll see this coffee soon enough here online and in stores. If you've been a long time fan of Perennial you may be surprised, much like having a 60 degree day in the middle of March (again, Minnesota perspective) and if you've never tried or tried and found it too intense, come back and soak up the sun, we've put some SPF 30 on this coffee and it's safe!

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