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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

February Featured Roasters | Fellow Playground

By | Coffee, Featured Roaster

The Fellow Playground is your space to play – to brew a cup, share a tip, take a class, or just talk shop. Each month we select five coffees from roasters we are excited about to feature in our store.

February is the month of love, and boy do we love our new coffee line-up. California, Missouri, New York, and Arizona roasters are represented along with our first ever international roaster…oh hey Canada!

Ready to geek out on coffee?! Brew yourself a cup and get lost in the delicious jargon below

Bay Area folks – If you’re looking for a fun date on Valentine’s Day, bring your favorite honey into the Fellow Playground for our Brew For Two Day! Buy one of our 22-gram test tubes of the beans below and get a second free.

Verve Coffee Roasters in Fellow PlaygroundVERVE COFFEE ROASTERS
Santa Cruz, CA | Founded in 2007 by Ryan O’Donovan and Colby Barr

Fun Fact: Verve has eight locations between Santa Cruz, SF, LA, and now Tokyo!

Coffee/Origin: Flora Ramos, Guatemala
Variety: Caturra
Process: Washed
Notes: Juicy, Custard, and Plum

“Often the unsung heroes in the coffee supply chain, women play an integral part in all that goes into cultivating, harvesting, and processing coffee but often see little recognition for their work. As such, we’re excited to highlight this exceptional micro-lot from Flora Ramos from an equally exceptional Guatemalan micro-region, Huehuetenango. In Huehuetenango, where the tail-end of the great American Cordillera spills over from Mexico (where it’s referred to as the Sierra Madre de Chiapas), Huehuetenango is the only Guatemalan growing area characterized not by volcanic soil, but clay-loam soil.

Thanks to dry, hot winds that blow across the border from Mexico’s Tehuantepec plain, Huehuetenango can produce coffee as high as 2,200 MASL with no threat of frost, like in other Guatemalan growing regions. Flora carefully picks coffee cherries at a precise 22.5 – 23 brix to ensure maximum ripeness before mechanically de-pulping, fermenting for 40 hours and drying on patios for 25 days.” – Verve Coffee Roasters (@vervecoffee)

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Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters Fellow PlaygroundTHOU MAYEST COFFEE ROASTERS
Kansas City, MO | Founded in 2012 by Bo Nelson and Bill Holtzhueter 

Fun Fact: Their name derives from a quote in East of Eden by John Steinbeck: “Timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’”

Coffee/Origin: “Cold Start” Guama Danta, Honduras
Variety: Lempiras, Caturra, Catuai, IHCAFE 90, Catimor
Process: Washed
Notes: Caramel Apple, Bakers Spice, and Balanced

“Surrounded by sweetgum forests and a sheltering mountain range that form a perfect climactic bubble, Guama Danta has an ideal, mild coffee growing climate. Farmers have been taking advantage of these conditions for the last four generations, consistently producing high-quality coffees. Surrounded by forests and reaching altitudes of 1,700 meters ASL, Guama Danta has all of the necessary conditions for growing high-quality coffees. The wet and dry seasons are well defined, ensuring proper flowering and fruit development ahead of the January harvest. Many producers have small coffee farms of 1.5 hectares or less at altitudes between 1,500 and 1,700 meters ASL. The region’s loamy soils are planted primarily with the leaf rust-resistant variety Lempira. Guama and fruit trees provide shade for the coffee, as well as refuge for local wildlife. Many local farmers also maintain small orchards within their farms to produce fruits for their own consumption.” – Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters (@thou_mayest)

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Sey Coffee in the Fellow PlaygroundSEY COFFEE
Brooklyn, NY | Founded in 2017 by Lance Schnorenberg and Tobin Polk

Fun Fact: Sey is “yes” spelled backward!

Coffee/Origin: Windrush AA, Kenya
Variety: SL-28, SL-32
Process: Washed
Notes: Blackberry, Pineapple, and Mango

“Windrush is a medium-sized Estate (400 acres of coffee) on the very high and steep slopes of Kiambu County. The estate is famed for its exceptional tea and coffee growing. In fact, it is the only estate remaining in Kenya that exclusively farms the most traditional of Kenyan varietals: SL28. Altitudes reach well over 2200 masl where the tea grows, and coffee production averages an altitude of 1750masl. The Windrush/Yara Estates are among the oldest remaining estates in Kenya. In 1971 ownership was transferred from the original White Kenyan owners to Indigenous peoples, in line with land reforms across the country from the 1950s. The estates are now managed by locals trading as the Gatatha Farmers Co. Ltd.

Windrush itself is quite distinct in the Kenyan landscape – colder and wetter with lush riverine valleys, plenty of dams and ancient fig trees – and as such a healthier more drought resistant ecosystem. Great farm management practices include digging soil pits to retain rainwater and prevent erosion and planting bluegrass as ground cover for the same reason. Processing is traditional, cherries go through a disc depulper, parchment coffee is fermented in traditional concrete tanks before washing and overnight soaking.The clean coffee is then moved to skin drying beds overnight before raised-bed sun drying for a nice seven days.” – Sey Coffee (@seycoffee)

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Presta Coffee Roasters in the Fellow PlaygroundPRESTA COFFEE ROASTERS
Tucson, AZ | Founded in 2012 by Curtis Zimmerman

Fun Fact: Presta began as a coffee cart operation called Stella Java.

Coffee/Origin: Santa Teresa, Panama
Variety: Caturra, Catuai
Process: Natural
Notes: Red Fruits, Blackberry, and Floral

“Finca Santa Teresa is blessed with rich black volcanic soil, a high altitude location, and favorable weather patterns associated with both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans; this results in coffees of singular quality. The Finca is located along a series of beautiful valleys and ridges which create a variety of micro-climates and give individuality to each of their lots. The Finca is located at 1400-1800m and the coffee planting is interspaced by live barriers, streams, and broad sections of virgin forest. Squirrel monkeys and many of the 600 species of birds in the area are often seen in and around the Finca. Adjacent to the farm is the La Amistad International Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site jointly managed by Panama and neighboring Costa Rica. FST operates a best practice approach to all of its activities.” – Presta Coffee Roasters (@prestacoffee)

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49th Parallel Coffee Roasters in the Fellow Playground

49TH PARALLEL COFFEE ROASTERS
Vancouver, BC Canada | Founded in 2002 by Vince Piccolo

Fun Fact: Piccolo also owns side-project Lucky Donuts, which shares a retail space with 49th Parallel’s cafe in Vancouver!

Coffee/Origin: Kayon Mountain Guji Ethiopia
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Notes: Floral, Aromatic, Pear, and  Kumquat

“This is a new, 240-hectare farm (established in 2012) with the aim of producing top quality coffee in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. Historically, Guji coffees have been exported as coming from Sidamo, but after many years of lobbying the Ethiopian government for a geographical distinction, it is now possible to separate it. While the cup profile is quite similar to Sidamo coffees, there’s certainly something more in the terroir of Guji – no doubt due in part to the soaring altitude coupled with a nice diverse mix of heirloom Typica varieties.” – 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters (@49th)

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January Featured Roasters in the Fellow Playground

By | Bay Area, Coffee, Featured Roaster

 

The Fellow Playground is your space to play – to brew a cup, share a tip, take a class, or just talk shop. Each month we select five coffees from roasters we are excited about to feature in our store.

When you enter the Playground, you can buy a whole bag of beans to go or buy an individual serving in a test tube. If you go the test tube route, you can BYOC (brew your own coffee) with one of the Fellow Brew Guides. We love this feature as it gives our guests a chance to try out our products AND lets them walk away with a cup of coffee they’ve probably never tried before! The Fellow team rotates in as Brew Guides, so quite often you will find our founder, Jake, brewing in the back with customers. Your coffee will always be consistently dialed-in and delicious, but we all have personal tips and techniques to share so your brewing sessions in the Playground will be unique every time!

Our December launch featured five local Bay Area roasters that we love. For January, we reached out a little further to bring you coffee from Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters (SF), Slate Coffee Roasters (Seattle), Intelligentsia Coffee (Chicago), Onyx Coffee Lab (Arkansas), and Cat & Cloud (Santa Cruz)! Any of these names not ringing a bell? Great! Specialty Coffee is an exciting and dynamic world, and our goal is to spark your curiosity and expose you to something new. Read More

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