Supporting Coffee Farmers on World Bee Day!
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by Karlie Kyser
4d ago
Happy World Bee Day! This year, we're celebrating by participating in Food 4 Farmers' Coffee for Bees campaign—a fundraiser supporting coffee farmers who use beekeeping to not only strengthen their coffee crops, but also their communities. Why bees? That's simple! They're a vital part of numerous ecosystems, "pollinating 1 in 3 bites of food we eat and 80% of the world's flowering plants," according to The Bee Conservancy. Bees are also an essential resource for growing healthier coffee-farming communities, from improving the quality of coffee crops and increasing overall environmental resilie ..read more
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Nando & Chiqui Diaz Visit PT’s Coffee
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by Karlie Kyser
1M ago
It's always a special day when our Direct Trade partners stop by! Last week, we were privileged to have Nando and Chiqui Diaz of Finca Santa Ana visit.  We've been honored to partner with Finca Santa Ana since 2019, after being introduced to them by our sister company, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters. We've now visited Finca Santa Ana a number of times over the years—you can find a recap of our 2023 visit here! We were thrilled to hear that Nando and Chiqui would be stopping by the Roasting Co. after SCA Expo in Chicago. PT's Chief Operating Officer Brent Piepergerdes and Nando Diaz wasted no ..read more
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Per Aspera Benefit Blend - Winter Roundup
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by Karlie Kyser
1M ago
Thank you for making our first Per Aspera Benefit Blend of 2024 a success! This winter, net profits from sales of Per Aspera benefitted Harvesters Community Food Network, a 501(c)3 nonprofit food bank and certified member of Feeding America based in Topeka, KS, and Kansas City, MO. The numbers are in, and we're pleased to announce that together we raised $897 for a great cause. We'll be rounding up our donation to an even $1,000. This donation will help feed approximately 2,000 people, as every dollar donated helps Harvesters provide two meals to those in need within our community. You can con ..read more
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Wheatfield Village Baristas tour PT’s Roasting Co.
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by Karlie Kyser
2M ago
It's always a special day when we have visitors at the Roasting Co., and last week was no exception! Our Wheatfield Village baristas Kyler, Dakota, and Joseph swung by our roasting facility for a tour and some hands-on coffee education. It was all smiles as Mike, our head roaster, greeted these three baristas and ushered them into the roasting facility. Their first stop was the cupping room, where they got a quick overview of the three most commonly used coffee processing methods: Natural, Washed, and Honey. “Honey-processed coffee is where they harvest the cherry, peel the skin off, and leav ..read more
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Origin Trip Report: Costa Rica, Feb. 2024
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by Will Vunderink
3M ago
Our green coffee buying team is on the move again this month, visiting Costa Rica and El Salvador. We're proud of the long-lasting relationships we've nurtured through nearly 20 years of our Direct Trade program, and always seeking out promising coffee producers to bring into the fold. In the past few years, Volcán Azul has been the source of a number of exceptional single-origin coffees in our lineup. Needless to say, our team was very excited to begin the trip there! Day 1: Volcán Azul "Fifth-generation coffee producer Alejo Castro pulls from 200 years of family tradition and knowledge ..read more
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Flying Monkey Gets a Golden Mug!
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by Karlie Kyser
4M ago
We're pleased to announce that Flying Monkey, one of our signature espressos, was recently named Brew Queue Favorite in MistoBox's 9th Annual Golden Mug Awards! We joined MistoBox in 2021 to support their mission of making it easier for coffee lovers to discover and brew the world's best coffee from the comfort of their homes. We're beyond thrilled to know Flying Monkey is a MistoBox fan favorite! “Loved it! One of our favorites! Send again please!” -Josephine Born out of experimentation and curiosity, our Flying Monkey espresso is a striking blend with ample versatility—much like its ficti ..read more
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Introducing our newest Direct Trade partner
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by Will Vunderink
4M ago
Meet Leonidas Asdrubal Apolo Granda! Along with his daughter, Mireya, and her husband Freddie, Asdrubal works a five-hectare farm, Nueva Vida, near Puyango in Loja, southwestern Ecuador. Fifteen years ago he had a different farm nearby that was destroyed by frost. Asdrubal has always loved coffee, having learned about coffee production from his father as a teen, so when he had the opportunity in 2017 to buy this farm he didn’t hesitate. Nueva Vida is truly a small-scale family operation. Aside from Asdrubal, Mireya, and Freddie, they employ 3-4 pickers during harvest. Asdrubal provides them wi ..read more
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Farewell, 2023. Here's to 30 more years!
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by Will Vunderink
5M ago
Our 30th Anniversary year passed in what felt like the blink of an eye. It was a year of celebration, challenges, and exciting changes—an opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to the world after reaching this milestone. To our longtime customers who have been with us through several iterations of the PT’s brand and countless cups of coffee: thank you so much for your support! It really means the world to us. To the new customers who discovered us this year: welcome! We're glad you've entrusted us with your caffeine intake and hope you enjoy exploring our wide range of offerings. Before 2024 rol ..read more
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Meet our new packaging!
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by Will Vunderink
7M ago
Big news: as of November 2nd we’ve transitioned our standard bag size from 12oz to 10oz. Along with this change comes refreshed packaging across the board, from coffee bags to shipping boxes—but more on that later! First, here’s why we’ve made the shift to 10oz: In the last few years we’ve been forced to raise prices as our costs have increased, particularly for essential items like green coffee and packaging materials. Rather than leaving the door open to further price increases on our standard bags, we decided to reduce their size to make our coffees more affordable without sacrificing much ..read more
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"The next time you buy a coffee mug, make sure to consider its color..."
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by Will Vunderink
9M ago
Mike led two public cuppings at our Crossroads cafe on September 1st with a trick up his sleeve. First, he covered some coffee roasting basics and explained the profile roasting process, which involves roasting a new arrival in several different ways to determine the best expression of its inherent characteristics. Printouts of roast curves from two development roasts of Colombia El Chaferote Pink Bourbon (exclusive to Roaster's Choice subscribers and the pour over menu at our cafes!) helped illustrate the process. Then he guided guests through cupping the two bowls of Pink ..read more
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