COFFEE ROASTED FRESH DAILY
Green Beanery has a mission, one that extends beyond the commercial (not that we aren’t proud to have become Canada's largest online retailer of coffee and coffee equipment, offering more varieties of coffee beans than any other retailer in the world and selling more coffee paraphernalia than any other Canadian retailer).
Green Beanery aims to reinvent the coffee shop of old. Until the 1920s, when big business began to take over the coffee industry, all coffee shops roasted their own. Green Beanery is helping to spur a renaissance in local roasting by supplying hundreds of micro-roasters and restaurants, and leading by example by roasting all of our own coffee, too, at our café-roastery at 565 Bloor St West in Toronto’s Annex district.
The renaissance includes returning coffee shops to the service of the community, providing a place to sip small luxuries in an atmosphere large with comforts for both mind and palate. You won’t find Wi-Fi in our café ̶ our patrons place a premium on conversations and conviviality.
The renaissance also includes reviving the coffee shop as change agent. Coffee shops of old were known for great innovations and passionate discourse ̶ this is where Lloyd’s of London launched the insurance industry, and where social revolutions were born. In that spirit, Green Beanery hosts Grounds for Thought, a discussion series held the last Tuesday of every month, for those who relish having their intellect provoked and entertained. Details of our next presentation can be found below. Fittingly, Green Beanery is owned by Probe International, a Canadian charity known for out-of-the-box thinking, whose directors have included many of Canada’s most celebrated minds, among them Jane Jacobs, David Suzuki, Margaret Laurence and Thomas Berger.
About the bean:
Ethiopia, the legendary home of the coffee plant and Africa's largest exporter, grows remarkably varied and distinctive beans. One of the very finest comes from the Yirgacheffe region -- the only coffee allowed in the palaces of Ethiopian kings. Today, this bean, which grows in high elevations under a soft canopy of native shade trees, is developing an almost cult-like following among bean aficionados. Widely recognized as one of the world's most exquisite coffees, Yirgacheffe's fragrant and flowery citrus note sets it apart from any other bean you will encounter. Many compare its rich flavor to that of burgundy wines.
To best bring out Yirgacheffe's subtleties, roast it medium. Consider blending it to add nuance to other coffees. A few like it roasted dark: Yirgacheffe then becomes sharply pungent but very thin, bereft of all its flowery and fruity notes.
About the bean
Coffee from Sumatra tends to be earthy, woody and light on brightness. This week's featured pick, however, is a slight departure from the Sumatran norm: a high-end delight, our Sumatra Fair Trade Organic GR1 is a chocolatey, spicy coffee with a medium to good acidity. Expect a very nice body and mouthfeel.
For our taste test, we sampled the Sumatra FTO GR1 as both an American and City+ roast. Oh my, my! The aroma for the lighter American roast was transporting. No need for additives. This cup made us feel like we were kicking back, looking out over the ocean in a very happy place. The popular darker roast summoned forth a bittersweet, dark chocolate character. The loss of aroma at this level was criminal compared to the American experience but, as always, it's a matter of taste.
Sourced from the Gayo Organic Coffee Farmers Association (PPKGO) located in the Gayo Highlands in Sumatra's Aceh province, the PPKGO is the first, and still the only, coffee co-operative in Indonesia that is Fair Trade Certified. Cooperative members are small-scale coffee farmers dedicated to producing 100% certified organic, shade-grown coffee. In a region known for political conflict, the co-op has continued to produce, process, and export high-quality Sumatran coffee.
What to expect
A quality cup with a deep rich bottom and a subtle sweetness on top.
Roasting recommendation: This is a full-spectrum candidate. Go lighter and live! But a delight at any level. Roast a little darker to bring out the chocolate note. Excellent as an espresso. And just plain excellent. For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart.
Beyond the cup
This coffee sells at a premium to allow the co-op to support a wide variety of programs. These include:
Co-op farmers live in an environmentally sensitive region - the buffer zone to a national park which contains critical watershed areas and sanctuaries for endangered species, such as the Sumatran tiger. Fair Trade price incentives and technical support provided by the cooperative are designed to encourage sustainable agriculture and resource conservation.
About the bean
Tanzania's premium beans, grown on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro near the Kenyan border, produce an unusually rich coffee with a light, winey acidity and medium body. The peaberry, which makes up only 5% of Tanzanian coffee harvests, occurs when the coffee fruit develops a single oval bean rather than the usual pair of flat-sided beans. The round peaberries are then separated from the flatter beans in the same crop to achieve this gourmet coffee.
Peaberry-grade coffee is prized by coffee connoisseurs for the uniform roasts they produce.
According to mythology, the peaberry is male, and is often associated with virility.
For an explanation of our different roasts, see here: http://greenbeanery.ca/pages/roasting-chart
Roasting recommendation: Roast darker, to capitalize on this bean's intense flavour.
Two irresistible flavour forces come together in this divine blend. And, no. We haven't added Lady Godiva chocolate to the brew, just the best beans going.
Avoid very dark roasts to maintain the nuance in this blend.
A mild blend based on a quality Brazil arabica for body and eye-pleasing crema. We add two other bean varieties for a bit of sharpness and a touch of the exotic.
Roasting recommendation: Avoid very dark roasts to maintain the nuance in this blend.View full product details
Join us for our final Grounds for Thought discussion night of the year on Tuesday, November 28. As always, the start time is 8PM and... Read More