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BHC News & Events:
Cascara Iced Tea; posted 08-08-18: Read below, our post dated 3-25-18. We take the raw ingredient in Caskia (cascara tea) and make our own iced tea. Made daily - now if you prefer iced tea we have two options. Try it, naturally sweet and a little fruitier than our other house made green tea and chia option, we think you will like it.
New BHC Limited; posted 08-01-18: We've done it again. This is a triple batch blend. The last time we did a limited offering we did just ten pounds and it sold out in a little more than a week. Don't wait on this one, it won't be around long.
New arrival; posted 07-25-16: A Honey processed Costa Rican Tarrauz. Honey Processed Coffee is truly a misnomer. No honey is used in the processing and the coffee that results from the process does not have the flavor of honey. So, rather than removing all the fruit before drying, like washed coffee, or drying the bean inside the fruit, like natural coffee, honey processed coffee just leaves a bit of the inside of the fruit stuck to the bean while it dries.
New arrivals; posted 07-10-18: several new arrivals over the last couple weeks. A Swiss Water decaffeinated coffee from Peru, a Cup of Excellence winner from Brazil and a Sumatran Gayo to replace our long time favorite and often used Sumatran Ketiara. We have used Sumatran coffee from the Ketiara cooperative in the Salt & Pepper Blend, the Vienna Roast, the Tricycle Blend, as a single origin coffee and in our malted barley infused cold brew; for all four years we have been in business. So, as you can see it is very important to much of what we do and the consistent good quality to several of our coffee products.
Sumatran Coffees, in general, have suffered massive crop failures in the current crop year, which means the price is up and availability is down. What little of the coffee from our favorite cooperative, that was available, has been bought up by larger roasters. The winter crop which starts in October looks good, not a bumper crop, but a rebound from two crop failures. It’s still early but producers are optimistic and exporters are cautiously hopeful.
So what this means for us: We have been able to find a quality new Sumatran that closely matches the profile and cooperative character of the Ketiara. We have hopefully secured enough to get us through the fall season, in hopes that Sumatran Ketiara will again be available this year. In the short term, this means you might notice a subtle change in the character of the products listed above. In the long term it could mean that some of these products may fall out of the rotation at some point this year.
The tags for both new arrivals and the new Sumatran are alongside
New cascara infused beverage; posted 03-28-18:Voted best new product - consumable - at Coffee Fest 2018. We are excited to offer this unique new product.
The coffee we are used to drinking is actually the roasted seed or bean of the coffee fruit. Our Cascara comes from what is called the ‘natural coffee process’ whereby the coffee fruit is dried whole and then the husk is removed from coffee seed after fully dried – this dried husk is Cascara. Not all Cascara is the same, in fact, there are big differences in the quality, ﬂavor and nutritional characteristics of Cascara. Caskai uses only premium, naturally sun-dried, high-altitude Cascara from Arabica coffee produced in the highlands of Panama and Nicaragua.
Coffee fruit has been used for over some 1,000 years by the Oromo people of Ethiopia. The Oromo used it as an energy food, mashing the whole coffee fruit, mixing it with animal fat and rolling it into balls as a sustained energy food for long trading journeys and war parties. Although the use of the dried fruit spread to other countries such as Yemen and other areas of the middle east, Kenya and Bolivia where it was often given to the army in lieu of roasted coffee, which was reserved for export, its use outside of these regions was fairly limited until recently.
Upcoming community events, posted 03-11-18:In the next month or so, we will be directly involved in some significant community events. If you are planning a trip to St Michaels in the near future keep these in mind. St Michaels Classic Motor Museum Cars and Coffee starts on Saturday March 31st. We are a sponsor of this event and will have coffee available for their guests. Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival is the weekend of April 8th & 9th. BHC will be there again this year selling Hot Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Pastries. Festival guests, remember we are just at the end of the block to warm your bones and for more complete breakfast options. The St Michaels Farmers Market begins it’s 20th anniversary season the following Saturday the 14th. BHC will be at market every Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We are proud to be a member of this community and support as many local causes as possible.
Small remodeling project. Posted 01-27-18: We are taking advantage of our early closing time - winter hours - during the week and working on a couple small changes to the café area of the shop. Stay tuned we will post some pictures when they are all complete or come on in to see the progress.
Version #04 St Michaels Blend, posted 01-15-18: The previous version left us along with the Papua New Guinea. The coffee tag is along side..
Posted 12-14-17: new arrivals:Over the last few days we have introduced two new coffees and a Cold Brew Ingredients Kit. Bag tags for all three are alongside. A few added notes: 1) If you are not familiar with the term, peaberry is a natural mutation of the coffee bean inside its cherry. Normally coffee beans grow flat against each other like halves of a peanut, but in about 5% of the world's coffee a single bean (peaberry) is formed. They are smaller, rounder, normally a little denser and fans think noticeably sweeter and more flavorful than standard beans. 2) Falling out of the rotation to make room for the two new coffees are our Mexican Chiapas and our Papua New Guinea. 3) Our Cold Brew kits are available both in shop & on-line
Cyber Monday Sale: posted 11-25-17: Details along side, click on SHOP to go to our online market.
Gift Bags; Posted 11-17-17: Just for the Holidays, we offer a promotion on gift bags.
Holiday Blend; Posted 11-13-17: Our Christmas Blend is only availbe around the holiday each year. It is a wonderful blend of our two premium coffees Batch roasted creating a perfect flavor profile for the holidays. Out of stock
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