The last blog entry was all about cupping and conveniently there is an awesome event happening on April 25th featuring a blind cupping with 10 different roasters from Chicago including us. The Chicago Roaster Jam is being held at Counter Culture Coffee Chicago and hosted by Halfwit Coffee, New Gotham coffee community, and Passion House Coffee Roasters. Continue reading
Cupping may be unfamiliar to some readers as it was to me half a year ago. It’s the practice used to observe the flavors, the aromas, and the mouthfeel of coffee. The process is done in steps. Continue reading
We are debuting our new Passion House customer map with today’s post. This map should be pretty straight forward for anyone who has used google maps before, but I will go over a few things in case you are new to google maps.
First and foremost, we have set up our map to display three different categories: retail bags, coffee, and a combo of the two. These different options are all handled by different color push pins used for each location, but since the map is embedded in this post, you cannot see what means what.
Here is the legend:
Red=retail and coffee.
View Passion House Map in a larger map
The map is very handy for finding your favorite coffee no matter which neighborhood you’re in. Unfortunately, the Southside only has one (We have to change this), but if you’re down there why not check out Amelia’s for lunch. In Evanston for the day, check out Blind Faith Café. In Westmont, grab some retail bags from Standard Market.
Click on a push pin and it will bring up a little mini window that will direct you to the business’s website, or you can read reviews left by other google users. It’s a very user-friendly interface. Check out the map and find a new favorite place to enjoy Passion House coffee.
I have been given the opportunity of taking over the Passion House blog. I thought for my first blog post I would give a bit of introduction of myself and what I hope to accomplish with this blog. I, John Mook, have been working with Passion House for a little over a year. I was taken on staff with little previous coffee knowledge. I had worked as barista in several establishments where coffee was served but was by no means first priority, and Joshua and Shannon are giving me a shot at making coffee my first priority, a very exciting prospect.
This blog is one way of making that happen. Beings this is the Passion House blog, it will be Passion House-centric, but more than that I want it to be coffee-centric. I would like it to be a place to talk about all things coffee. I am hoping to look at both the esoteric and the more obvious sides of coffee. There is going to be some science, there has to be when talking about coffee, but I want it to be entertaining as well. I also want to talk about what coffee means to us as a culture and what it means to other cultures. These ideas are getting very lofty, more than anything I want this blog to be fun to read. It should be very user friendly, meaning I want the reader to feel like a direct dialogue is taken place, and when need be–a direct-dialogue to actually take place. I want it to be a place where the reader can feel comfortable leaving questions or comments. So please do, and please give suggestions of what you might want to see in future blog posts. The blog is a learning experience for me, so the feedback would be more than helpful.
Hopefully, this first post sheds a little light on me and what I am hoping to do. As with most things, it will probably take a few posts to get dialed in, but I’m hoping you’ll stick around and possibly learn something, but most importantly be entertained and have fun.
In the coffee business it always seems that you get connected with people so easily, or at least in our case, so when a friend of ours told us about this new company that was importing coffee to the U.S. and selling it through silent auction, we agreed to at least sample the coffees. We received the samples from Pulley Collective, roasted them and the following day Tim Taylor, owner of Ipsento and Coffee Ambassadors, cupped the coffee along side us. (Check out Ipsento’s Nicaragua Limoncello)
The auction was delayed by a few days due to Hurricane Sandy and her destruction, what we didn’t know was that Steve Mierisch, founder of Pulley Collective, was cleaning up the flood waters provided by Sandy and throwing away 23-150lb bags of coffee. This would have killed a small roaster’s budget to pay for unusable product, however Steve decided to pay the farmers for the water-logged coffee. He kept this fact hidden and proceeded with his first auction announcing winning bids on Twitter and through emails. Twitter was where we first found out we were the proud owners the Nicaragua Las Brisas. Joshua and I were both astonished and excited! We contacted Steve to thank him for bringing us this opportunity and found about his losses. Joshua and I, being deeply committed to fostering the community, decided to donate $1 per 12oz retail bag sold online or in stores to Pulley Collective.
Whenever you see the Nicaragua Las Brisas for sell, pick up a bag knowing you will be helping, not only, a small craft roaster grow but also a new business helping to facilitate relationships between roasters and farmers.
First I want to thank City Provisions for hosting the Cooking Up A Cure benefit last night that inspired me to create this cocktail! (Note: I am not a professional recipe writer) Coffee Manhattan: Start by brewing a coffee concentrate, … Continue reading
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Working in any specialty industry the struggle to get the average person excited about what you seemingly revolve your life around is a complex balance of listening, communicating, comparing and contrasting and above all patience. When you break it down, … Continue reading
As the fall eases us back into drinking more hot brewed coffee our Cold Brew production is slowing down. However we are bringing you a reason to keep drinking the cold stuff. We are brewing with our new Honduras Nahaman … Continue reading