Coffee Cycle: We ride bikes and drink good coffee.
Burning Love Media put together a Coffee Cycle sizzle real.
Coffee Cycle Regular and all-around bon vivant, Eric Franks, is the man behind the lens at Burning Love Media. He graciously offered his skills to help us create a little vignette of who and what Coffee Cycle Roasting is—a community, a coffee shop, a roaster, a family, and so much more. Check out the video on our new YouTube channel, subscribe, and let us know what you think!
Then check out Eric’s other awesome stuff on www.burninglovemedia.com and give him a follow on Instagram.
NEW COFFEE ALERT: SUMATRA BADAK GEDE
The island of Sumatra in Indonesia produces some of our favorite, unique coffees. This classic wet-hulled Sumatra is produced from a small village in the famed Aceh region of the island, and exemplifies all the qualities we love about coffees from this origin. Brown sugar sweetness balances out a distinctly savory flavor profile, with hints of black pepper and herbs. A rich and satisfying cup that will appease drinkers of both medium and darker roasts, despite its more gentle medium roast profile.
GROWING ELEVATION: 1400-1600 METERS
PROCESSING: Wet Hulled
REGION: Badak Gede, Takengon, Aceh
The area where this coffee originated is very rural with occasional high wind problems. It is approximately 40km away from the nearest city and is unreachable in poor weather conditions. The terroir is mountainous, with a unique ‘red soil,’ instead of black. Most of the village inhabitants used to be quite poor—so the farmers were never able to invest in newer coffee varieties/hybrids sold by the Indonesian government, even with incentive pricing.
Therefore, the local farmers continue to harvest the older Ateng variety. They have replanted the land with that original variety, as it has been the only seed stock available to them. The Ateng variety produces less volume of coffee than the new varieties available, and takes a longer time to mature to harvest. The bean size is also smaller than the newer hybrids. Throughout Sumatra, Ateng is becoming less popular among farmers and could become extinct.
Despite its issues as a profitable crop by volume, the Ateng variety is arguably superior in cupping profile. It displays elegant complexity in its overall taste. The farmers growing this variety also tend to focus on extreme focus on quality control and harvest/processing technique, being completely aware of their need to gain an advantage in the market with their smaller crops. This coffee supports a tradition of coffee production in Sumatra that yields a great cup, while helping to increase the living standard for the hardworking people that produce it.
COFFEE CYCLE IN THE NEWS:
SD Voyager recently featured Coffee Cycle and Chris O’Brien as someone in San Diego to know!
Coincidentally, they also interviewed Chris several years ago! Some things have changed, but some haven’t. Revisit the old article to see how much Coffee Cycle has progressed.
COFFEE SMARTER CLASSES HAVE BEEN SELLING OUT!
As I write this, there are only 6 tickets left for the next Coffee Smarter 101 class hosted by Chris O’Brien, himself. The first two classes have been sold out, and attended by awesome coffee enthusiasts. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate coffee fans who want to learn more about the history, economy, and chemistry of coffee.
The next class is Sunday, February 27th, at 10:30AM. Don’t miss it!
Drink good coffee. Good to people. Ride Bikes. Drink good coffee. Did we say that one already? Maybe one more time for good measure. Drink Good Coffee!