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Red, White, and Brew | July Featured Roasters

By | Featured Roaster

Throughout 50 states…
Across 6 time zones…
Tucked into snow-capped mountains, strewn amount glittering cities, perched along coastal cliffs…
From sea to shining sea…

As of June 2018, we know of nearly 2,000 individual coffee roasters in the United States alone! Not to mention the countless cafés and businesses that put that coffee into our sleepy hands every single day. We as Americans are truly blessed in our endless options toward our pursuit of the perfect cup of joe! This month at Fellow, in keeping with the spirit of our national holiday, we wanted to celebrate some of our country’s great purveyors of coffee from coast-to-coast. We invite you to enjoy these fine brews from:

Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Portland, Oregon
Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters – Long Beach, California
Madcap Coffee Company – Grand Rapids, Michigan
Flat Track Coffee – Austin, Texas
George Howell Coffee – Newtonville, Massachusetts

Join us this month in reaping the fruits of our Caffeination Nation. Let’s hear it for the Red, White, and Brew!

STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS
Portland, OR | Founded 1999 by Duane Sorenson

Stumptown Coffee RoastersFun Fact: Stumptown was one of the first specialty roasters to offer a wide variety of lighter roasted single origin coffees, as well as having a focus on educating its customers about coffee production. They currently have cafes in Portland, Seattle, LA, New York, New Orleans, and Chicago.

Coffee/Origin: Guatemala Bella Vista
Variety: Bourbon, Tekisic, Caturra, and Villa Sarchi
Process: Washed
Notes: Cherry, Plum, Grapenuts

“Luis Pedro Zelaya is a fourth generation coffee producer and a leader in the Antigua coffee community. With a background in agronomy, he brings knowledge and innovation to all aspects of his practices. At his Bella Vista mill, Luis Pedro cultivates, processes, mills, and roasts his coffee, which he also serves at his two cafes in Antigua and Guatemala City. He focuses on pruning, tissue management, soil enrichment, and preventative methods for plant health. Coffee cherry comes in from his farms and is then depulped, fermented and washed, while being kept separate by lot and varietal. Luis Pedro uses a combination of patio drying, covered raised beds, and guardiolas; moisture is monitored closely.

Luis Pedro follows a regimented pruning schedule; he uses a three-row technique to renovate in a cadence that helps maintain consistent plant yields. Each year he prunes back a third of the plants on the farm, while the next third grows back, and the last third is at full cherry production. The technique prevents inconsistency in yields many farmers may experience.

For every bag of Bella Vista sold, Stumptown will donate $1 to a scholarship fund to send a Guatemalan student to EARTH University.”  – Stumptown Coffee Roasters (@stumptowncoffee)

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LORD WINDSOR COFFEE
Long Beach, CA | Founded 2012 by Wade and Lindsay Ries Windsor

Fun Fact: Wade began his love for roasting at home on a Whirly Pop, the classic stovetop popcorn maker!

Lord Windsor CoffeeCoffee/Origin: Bella Vista Chiapas, Mexico
Variety: Bourbon, Typica, Mundo Nuvo
Process: Washed
Notes: Dark Chocolate, Walnuts, Cherry

“Surf wax and coffee chaff…if the day involves both, it’s going to be a good one! It was this thought that led us to create Lord Windsor Coffee. Since 2012, we’ve been roasting the highest-grade, seasonally available coffee sourced from around the world. Along the way, we’ve made a name for ourselves, upped the caffeine intake in the great city of Long Beach and scored some great waves. To us, coffee isn’t just a product; it’s an experience that we casually take seriously.” – Lord Windsor Coffee (@lordwindsorcoffee)

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MAPCAP COFFEE COMPANY
Ann Arbor, MI | Founded in 2008 by Ryan Knapp and Trevor Corlett

Fun Fact: “Madcap” means “unconventional,” which the owners felt described them and their mission well!

Madcap Coffee
Coffee/Origin:
Rwanda Kanzu
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Notes: Raspberry, White Tea, Delicate, Grapefruit

“Kanzu washing station sits at 1900 meters in Nyamasheke, located in Southwestern Rwanda. The coffee grows in rich volcanic soil on rolling, steep hills that tower over the station reaching up to 2200 meters. The soil, high elevations, and cool climate are perfect for producing ripe, dense fruit. The washing station has poured resources into an improved infrastructure, training farmers on the best agronomic practices, and improving quality which shines through in the cup each season.” – Madcap Coffee Company (@madcapcoffee)

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FLAT TRACK COFFEE
Austin, TX | Founded in 2012 by Sterling Roberts and Matt Bolick

Fun Fact: Matt and Sterling are both avid bike enthusiasts, so it is no surprise that Flat Track’s roastery and cafe shares a space with a bicycle repair and customization shop called Cycleast!

Flat Track Coffee

Coffee/Origin: Ethiopia Guji Kercha
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Natural
Notes: Cocoa, Cranberry Juice, Biscotti

“Guji coffee has been receiving a lot of attention from the specialty coffee world in the past several years, and for good reason. Many privately owned washing stations have sprung up recently, in an area that has traditionally processed coffee using a natural (dry) method. The quality of these washed coffees can be outstanding, which isn’t surprising considering the area’s close proximity to Yirgacheffe. “Close” is relative speaking in terms of travel in Ethiopia, where 100 km can mean a 10 hour drive, but the variety of terrain and culture in that short distance is incredible.

Guji is an administrative zone of the Oromia region of Ethiopia, which gained political definition in 2002. Prior to that year, the Guji territory (named for the Guji tribe of the Oromo people) was a part of the Borena zone. Guji Zone shares a border with the Southern Nations, Nationalities & People’s Region (SNNP,) which includes Gedeo Zone (where Yirgacheffe is located) and Sidama Zone.” – Flat Track Coffee (@flattrackcoffee)

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GEORGE HOWELL COFFEE
Newtonville, MA | Founded in 2012 by George Howell

Fun Fact: George Howell is a serious OG in the coffee world! He pioneered single origin offerings, lighter roasting, and thoughtful cafe experience- all approaches held in high esteem in today’s specialty coffee community!

George HowellCoffee/Origin: Ethiopia Yukro
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Notes: Lilac, Peach, Cherry

“Yukro is a small farmer cooperative, established in 2010 in a zone that was, until then, strictly commercial quality. Members harvest coffee from the forest around them (this is the birthplace of Coffea Arabica) and from plantings. They carefully soak the ripe beans, after processing, to extract the maximum clarity of flavor. Yukro members harvest coffee from the forest and from plantings. TechnoServe, an NGO, is working directly with the Yukro Cooperative and other cooperatives in the region as a coordinator between agronomists and managers, as well as a business adviser to help the cooperatives manage their debts, re-invest in quality improvements at the mills, and verify distribution of income to all members. The achievements of the Ethiopian farmer communities with the assistance of TechnoServe seem monumental to me. From producers of run-of-mill commercial coffee of little worth they have catapulted to being the highest quality producers in Ethiopia” – George Howell Coffee (@ghowellcoffee)

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The Fellow Playground is hosting many great events in July! Stay up-to-date on the action HERE.

Design Month | June Featured Roasters

By | Design, Featured Roaster

To tell you why we at Fellow have decided June is “Design Month,” we first have to tell you about San Francisco Design Week!  SF Design Week is an annual gathering of great minds and hands and eyes and imaginations to showcase the latest and greatest in design innovation from all over the world.

Over the last decade, packaging in the specialty coffee industry has become something of an art with the challenge of balancing form, functionality, and originality. Will it keep my coffee nice and fresh? Is it compostable? Informative? Does it look fly on my kitchen counter?

When we take these things into consideration, it’s easy to see why design is so integral and important to the way we experience almost everything in our daily lives from our shoes to our phones to our toothbrushes to our coffee.

To celebrate design with the rest of our city, we have carefully selected some of the finest examples of coffee packaging in the whole industry. We hope you’ll enjoy these gems!

TALOR&JØRGEN
Oslo, Norway | Founded in 2015 by Talor Browne and Jørgen Hansrud

Fun Fact: Before Talor&Jørgen, Jørgen founded a start-up in 2014 called Epic Win Movement to empower young people to learn practical skills to facilitate their projects. Talor boasts a robust coffee career spanning from companies like St. Ali, Barista Hustle, Coutume, and Tim Wendelboe, as well as being a Q Grader.

Talor&Jorgen Fellow June Featured RoastersCoffee/Origin: Rwanda Nyamasheke
Variety: Red Bourbon
Process: Washed
Notes: Vibrant, Raspberry, Vanilla

“This coffee from Mahembe is unique in many ways. Justin the owner is unusual in his commitments to improving his operating and to processing some of the best coffees coming out of Rwanda. Mahembe is a privately owned washing station owned by Justin Musabyiama, who is also growing his own coffee trees. Justin has grown up in the local area and after moving away for some time, decided to come back home and invest in the community he was from by building a wet mill on his father’s coffee plantation.” – Talor&Jørgen (@talorjorgen)

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CITY OF SAINTS COFFEE ROASTERS
Brooklyn, New York | Founded in 2014 by Joe Palozzi and Matt Wade

Fun Fact: City of Saints’ café/ roastery is neighbors with a small art gallery with whom they collaborate frequently, contributing to their eclectic and vibrant aesthetic.

City of Saints Coffee Roasters Fellow June Featured RoastersCoffee/Origin: Ethiopia Germa Eshetu
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Notes: Peach, Agave, Arnold Palmer

“Girma Eshetu is an undeniably badass human being. We knew this before we met him, from the story of how he wound up living and farming in the region he is today, a story that starts in a beer brewery, takes us through a self-funded Masters in Mechanical Engineering, and ends in what Girma believes is his ancestral homeland – fittingly shared with the purported birthplace of coffee itself.

The spiel certainly sets you up to expect a dazzling dude. But meeting Girma sealed the deal – impeccably dressed in pink stripes and a Panama hat, with beer bottles as seeming extensions of his fingers. This is a man who takes tremendous pride in producing phenomenal coffee, and always keeps his sights on improvement. Before embarking on the several hour horseback ride to his Estate, we met at a washing station he constructed for processing community lots. Here, he enthusiastically flaunted his water filtration system by drinking the very water he’d be using to wash the coffee, cupping it in his hand and slurping it up with giddy pride. When we sip Girma’s coffee ourselves, it’s hard not to emulate that excitement. Characterized by vibrant, shimmering brightness and a refreshingly silky mouthfeel, this coffee is a treat anytime, but is perfectly suited for summer.” – City of Saints Coffee Roasters (@cityofsaintscoffee)

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METHODICAL COFFEE ROASTERS
Greenville, South Carolina | Founded in 2015 by Will Shurtz, David Baker, and Marco Suarez

Fun Fact: Will started serving coffee from his mobile cart called Vagabond Coffee when he was only 18!

Methodical Coffee Roasters Fellow June Featured RoastersCoffee/Origin: Honduras “Santa Barbara”
Variety: Red Catuai
Process: Washed
Notes: Milk Chocolate, Stone Fruit, Nutty Finish

“Since 2005, the region of Santa Barbara and the small producers living and working there have shared the distinction as the place and the people producing exceptional coffee within Honduras. Our work and the beginning of the on-going relationships we’ve since established here began during the 2005 Cup of Excellence. We came to realize that there are exceptional producers from this small area. And since that inaugural year, we have purchased from over twenty different Santa Barbara producers.

Located in the village of Pena Blanca is coffee exporter San Vicente – the company that coordinates the coffee we buy from Santa Barbara. Over the past several years, one particular hillside has become the largest supplier of CoE winners in Honduras. The most successful farms with the smartest and most innovative farmers are neighbors on the hillsides of this region and they help each other to refine the best of their lots.” – Methodical Coffee Roasters (@methodicalcoffee)

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BRANDYWINE COFFEE ROASTERS
Wilmington, Delaware | Founded in 2013 by Todd Purse

Fun Fact: All of Brandywine’s bags are stamped and screen printed by hand with original designs by Todd himself!

Brandywine Coffee Roasters Fellow June Featured RoasterCoffee/Origin: Panama Elida Estate
Variety: Catuai
Process: Natural
Notes: Grape, Elderberry, Kiwi

“The Lamastus Family has being producing coffee in Elida Estate for four generations since 1918. Elida Estate coffees are produced under a unique world-ecological condition. It is shade-grown, bird friendly, and the farm is located at a very high elevation in a micro climate with very low temperatures. The coffee trees are surrounded by the Volcan Baru National Park, a virgin native cloudy rain forest.

At the turn of the century Kentucky born Robert Lamastus started an Arabica coffee plantation in a farm located at around 5,600 ft (1,700 m) above sea level in the skirts of the Baru Volcano in Boquete, Panama. At the time our grandfather processed and exported what is still today considered as one of the highest quality coffees in the world. Nowadays and three generations later, the tradition continues. The Lamastus family still produces, processes, exports, and now roast its own rare estate coffees.” – Brandywine Coffee Roasters (@brandywinecoffeeroasters)

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ELIXR COFFEE ROASTERS
Philadelphia, PA | Founded in 2010 by Evan Inatome

Fun Fact: Elixr’s newest roastery/café facility offers an “Omakase” style, where guests can receive a specially curated flight of their special offerings!

Elixr Coffee Fellow June Featured RoastersCoffee/Origin: Colombia “Suarez”
Variety: Caturra, Castillo
Process: Washed
Notes: Bruleed Sugar, White Grape, Birch Beer

“For the second year in a row, we are proud to present Suárez from the Cauca region of Colombia. We first came across this coffee at the best of Cauca competition two years ago. This year’s crop offers the same deep sweetness, and complexity as we remembered. With tasting notes of bruleed sugar, white grape, and birch beer, this coffee is one of those easy drinking sweet and enjoyable cups!” – Elixr Coffee Roasters (@elixrcoffee)

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While these five eye-candy coffees have taken up residency on our Featured Roasters wall this month, that’s not the only SF Design Week fun Fellow is having. On June 15, the Fellow Store + Playground is along the route for SF Design Week’s Studio Crawl for Dogpatch, Mission, and Potrero. Grab your tickets before they sell out because…the first 70 people to visit Fellow will get a tote bag screen printed by an artist live at our event!

Bon Voyage | May Featured Roasters

By | Coffee, Featured Roaster

We all feel it. The days are getting longer, sleeves are getting shorter, and before we know it, dreams of summer travels have begun to materialize in our minds…

Hey, we’re right there with you! And to satiate our wanderlust we at Fellow have deemed May’s store theme: Bon Voyage! All this month you can visit us and enjoy a selection of coffees from roasters located in some of our favorite summer travel destinations. Come in and get swept away with brews from:

Buna Coffee Roasters in Mexico City, Mexico

Parlor Coffee Roasters in Brooklyn, New York

Onibus Coffee in Tokyo, Japan

L’Alchimiste in Bordeaux, France

Proud Mary Coffee Roasters in Melbourne, Australia (and also recently in Portland, Oregon!)

Can’t make it into the store? Tune into our Instagram feed to get in on some great opportunities to flex your jetsetter muscles and maybe even win some Fellow gear.

Safe travels, fellow coffee lovers!

Bon Voyage Fellow Featured RoastersBUNA
Mexico City, Mexico | Founded in 2012

Flight Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes from Fellow
Fun Fact: Buna 42 (Buna’s Mexico City cafe) has the only Mod Bar espresso machine in Mexico!

Buna Cafe Rico Fellow Featured Roaster
Coffee/Origin: Oaxaca Alebrije
Variety: Typica, Bourbon
Process: Washed
Notes: Grapenuts, Orange Oil, Vanilla

“An open sky awaits us after a few hours going through a cloudy forest… Nuyuku is where Cecilio’s lot is. He named his lot “At the foot of the mountain” in mixteco. Cecilio and Ines, who are proud to be from the Misty Mountains region, produce coffee of exceptional quality. Year after year we work together to apply more sustainability in the production of coffee and to create resilient crops.We have made achievements in coffee processing and drying, in soil nutrition and implemented organic fertilization. Cecilio is also producing corn right next to a garden that we planted two years ago, another step towards producing self-sustaining crops.” – Buna (@bunamx)

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PARLOR COFFEE ROASTERS
Brooklyn, New York | Founded 2012 Dillon Edwards

Flight Time: 5 hours and 15 minutes from Fellow
Fun Fact: Parlor began as a tiny pop-up in the back of a Williamsburg barber shop!

Parlor Coffee Roasters Fellow Featured Roaster
Coffee/Origin: Kenya Gaturiri
Variety: SL-28, SL-34
Process: Washed
Notes: Plum, Citrus, Caramelized Sugar

“Plum, citrus and caramelized sugar drive the unique flavor we love from Gaturiri. Coffee has been cultivated in the Nyeri district since 1958. Today, as many as 1200 farmers contribute their ripe coffee cherry to the Gaturiri Factory for processing. Part of the Barichu Cooperative Society in Central Kenya, the society has four washing stations: Karatina, Gatomboya, Karindundu and Gaturiri. Mary, the cooperative’s full-time agronomist, uses a designated block of 1,500 plants for group training sessions with participating farmers. ” – Parlor Coffee Roasters (@parlorcoffee)

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ONIBUS COFFEE
Tokyo, Japan | Founded 2012 Atsushi Sakao

Flight Time: 9 hours and 15 minutes from Fellow
Fun Fact: Sakao dominates the Tokyo coffee scene, operating four beautiful cafes. “Onibus” is actually Portuguese for “Public Bus.” which is to say it is for everyone.

Onibus Coffee Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Rwanda Nyamagabe
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Notes: Orange, Plum Acidity, Rich Vanilla

“Nyarusiza Washing Station, which is run by Buf Coffee, produces high-quality coffee. It also works on improving treatment of workers and donates its income to medical, educational, and social infrastructure.” – Onibus Coffee (@onibuscoffee)

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L’ALCHIMISTE
Bordeaux, France |Founded 2014 by Arthur Audibert

Flight Time: 13 hours and 25 minutes from Fellow
Fun Fact: L’Alchimiste began as a roastery only, but opened the doors to its first cafe/ boutique shortly after. They also use Fellow’s Stagg kettles!

L'Alchimiste Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Ethiopia Marabou
Variety: Moka
Process: Washed
Notes: Fruity, Grapefruit, Caramel

“Located in southern Ethiopia, the highlands of the Sidamo region are home to the plots of this Ethiopian crop grown under permanent, protective shade. The volcanic lands of the African rift give it its special character. Lively and fruity, this coffee has a beautiful freshness and an exceptional aromatic persistence!” – L’Alchimiste (@lachimiste_torrefacteur)

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PROUD MARY COFFEE ROASTERS
Melbourne, Australia | Founded 2009 by Nolan Hirte

Flight Time: 17 hours and 50 minutes from Fellow
Fun Fact: Proud Mary’s cafes offer bar-style coffee service which includes espresso flights, beautiful food, and a unique one-on-one barista/ guest experience!

Proud Mary Coffee Roasters Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Brazil Sítio Sertãozinho
Variety: Yellow Catuai
Process: Natural
Notes: Goji Berry, Blueberry, Creamy

“Sitio Sertãozinho is managed by Paulo Ribeiro Rocha, his daughters and sons-in-law. Working with specialty coffee has given his family a better life! The farm is located near the city Cristina, in the south of Minas Gerais, in Serra da Mantiqueira region. With mountainous topography, and has a differentiated climate and soils favorable for producing specialty coffee.This farm was acquired with an inheritance from Rocha’s parents, and he began coffee cultivation 40 years ago – from the start he focused on quality coffee. He is dedicated to growing coffee sustainably, preserving the environment and are members of the ASCARIVE Fair Trade Association. Rocho and his family are passionate about preserving springs and native forests on the farm, which shelter large plant species and native animals.” – Proud Mary Coffee Roasters (@proudmarycoffee)

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Bon Voyage Fellow Featured Roasters

We Are The Champions | April Featured Roasters

By | Featured Roaster

 

Here at Fellow, we have the pleasure of choosing five of our favorite roasters from all over the world to feature right here in our Playground! In this day and age, we have at our disposal a wealth of incredible coffees and coffee roasters to choose from every day. To help focus our curation, we pick a new theme every month.

This month’s theme is “We Are The Champions!” Did you know that every April, coffee professionals from all over the world gather together in a chosen US city to meet for the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) Exposition? This giant convention features a huge showroom of all the latest and greatest specialty coffee products, a four-day symposium with classes and lectures, and a whole weekend of coffee-focused competitions. Read More

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