November 2018 featured roasters

…and, just like that, the holidays are upon us! Is it just us, or does it seem to sneak up on you every single November?! Caught off guard, it’s easy to want to take the path of least resistance; department stores, ordering online, going cheaper, faster, bigger… anything to relieve the stress of the season!

But this month, we would like to invite you to join us in slowing down to take the time to celebrate our very fine and very local purveyors of coffee! Why? Because in the spirit of supporting our hardworking neighbors, we’ve declared it Local Love month here at Fellow!

All November, our Featured Roasters Wall will be stocked full of delicious and carefully crafted coffee from:

Coffee Manufactory – Oakland, CA
Red Bay Coffee Roasters – Oakland, CA
Algorithm Coffee – Berkeley, CA
AKA Coffee – Oakland, CA
Saint Frank Coffee – San Francisco, CA

Stop by Fellow all this month and meet your new favorite local brew.

Oakland, CA | Founded in 2016 by John and Bjorg Laird

AKA Coffee Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Colombia Carlos Moncayo
Variety: Caturra
Process: Washed
Notes: Malt, Cocoa Pebbles, green apple

“Coffee cultivation is a tradition in the Carlos family. He was always fascinated by the coffee production and dedicated his life to improve his abilities and knowledge to produce an even better cup of coffee. He has owned El Pomo estate for 30 years and lives there together with his wife and their seven children. Only one of his children shares his passion for coffee and Carlos believes that the family estate will stay healthy for the next generation. He is always seeking information and ways to enhance his knowledge, assisting with the training of the National Federation of Coffee Growers and also the Inconexus training about fertilization, fermentation, and water management.

His plans for next year are dependent on financial resources, and he hopes that all the hard work and dedication to growing coffee will bring his family a better income. He is also getting involved in the economic and social projects within the community. Alongside the coffee, he also grows banana and guamo trees.” – AKA Coffee (@enjoy_aka)

Berkeley, CA | Founded in 2016 by Aaron Hubbard   

AKA Coffee Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Kenya Nyeri Mashairi
Variety: SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11
Process: Washed
Notes: Floral, citrus, savory

“There have been a number of political issues surrounding coffee from Nyeri because it is generally so prized. This Kenya coffee is comprised of a combination of many small farms with main Bourbon varietals SL28, SL24, and Ruiru 11. The altitudes range up to 2300 meters, and the coffee is fully washed before being sun-dried on traditional raised beds.” – Algorithm Coffee (@algorithmcoffeeco)

Oakland, CA| Founded in 2016 by Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt, with consultation from Chris Jordan

AKA Coffee Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Ethiopia Kedamai Lot 5
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Notes: Blackcurrant, Assam tea, clementine

“Our O3 hails from a wet mill by the name of Kedamai, located in Oromia region, Jimma Zone Western Ethiopia. If this name sounds familiar, well that’s because you’ve heard it before! Kedamai Lot #5 is a 50% component of our current O2 Filter Blend. When we began working with Kata Maduga Cooperative Union last year, we were introduced to numerous incredible coffees out of Jimma, and it was very difficult to select which coffees to share with you.

As we cupped through all of Kata Maduga’s offerings, a few were immediate stand-outs; most notably Kedamai Lot #7. This coffee is beautifully floral and tea-like suited best for a single origin offering. Lot #7 particularly checked all the characteristics of what we look for when sourcing out of Jimma: clean, crisp, with bursting florals and mellow acidity.” – Coffee Manufactory (@coffeemanufactory)

Oakland, CA | Founded in 2014 by Keba Konte

Red Bay Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Ethiopia Abana Estate
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Natural
Notes: Blueberry,hibiscus, rich cacao

“Red Bay Coffee was founded in 2014 by Keba Konte, a renowned local artist and successful food entrepreneur with 10 years experience in the specialty coffee and hospitality industry. Red Bay Coffee is building a global community through our commitment to sourcing, developing, roasting and delivering the best and most beautiful coffee to the people. Every day we strive to develop beautiful coffees, fair relations, and delicious approaches to living. We focus on creating opportunities within the community at large while fostering single origin, fair trade, direct trade, organic and sustainable coffees. We believe in the creation of a value chain emphasizing ethics and diversity, not just a supply and demand chain. We envision a world in which coffee is a vehicle for inclusion, social and economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, innovation, and environmental sustainability.” – Red Bay Coffee Roasters (@redbaycoffee)

San Francisco, CA | Founded in 2013 by Kevin Bohlin

Saint Frank Fellow Featured Roaster

Coffee/Origin: Bolivia Finca Cedrales
Variety: Typica, Catuai
Process: Washed
Notes: Milk chocolate, fruit cocktail, minty

“Bernardino Aliaga has been growing coffee for 9 years in the Amor de Dios Colonia of Bolivia along with his wife Francisca Mamani Machaca and his children Ruben, Javier, and Vilma.  Bernardino refers to his farm as “el paraiso del cafe” and it truly is a coffee paradise; Kevin even commented in his notebook upon visiting, “this farm is BLESSED for coffee!” Even with young trees and being a new farmer Bernardino won awards for his coffee in his first year of production.  The farm enjoys ample altitude with a rich biodiversity of microorganisms ideal for organic coffee production.” – Saint Frank (@saintfrankcoffee)

Check out our latest coffee recommendations in our coffee collection. 

November is a busy month in the Playground! Check out what’s coming down the pipeline here and make sure to follow us on Instagram for real-time updates.