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Women Coffee Producers Program

LostCoffee is partnering with one of our coffee importers (Cafe Imports) in support of the Women's Coffee Producers program.  Make your way down to the store and check out the coffee marked with a #pinkpaperclip.  The green coffee is exclusively sourced from women owned farms from around the world.  Currently you can help support our efforts by purchasing our locally roasted Colombia.  It's our first #pinkpaperclip offering.

A.M.A.C.A (Association de Mujeres Productoras Agropecuarias del Cauca) is the latest partnership in our Women Coffee Producer program. Located in the Colombian municipality of El Tambo, Cauca, this collective is made up of 140 female producers. After cupping a sample of their coffee this past July, we decided to drive to the township of San Joaquin and meet them - they're inspiring. The average size of land is just a single hectare per member, most of whom are the heads of their households. The members of AMACA are passionate, strong-willed, and have a deep sense of family values that seems almost magnified within the group as a whole. The premium included in the support of this coffee will most likely go towards the construction of a building where the members can store and cup their future harvests.

Here is just some of the ways the Women's Coffee Producers Program helps around the world

  • sourced through a democratically organized collective or group which comprises at least a significant voting percentage of active female coffee growers (more than 25% participation), or from groups entirely comprising female members and/or participants.
  • purchased at a premium price above the average market value for the coffee, with the application of that premium decided upon by a majority of the group. The use of this premium will vary based on the needs of the women; in the past, these premiums have been used to build organic vegetable gardens (CESMACH, Mexico), dry-mill facilities (CODECH, Guatemala), and education and training programs related to sustainability practices (Gayo Megah Berseri, Sumatra). In some cases, the premium may simply be distributed among the group members in order to create equity and to raise their standard of living.
  • given ample market representation as a lot that seeks to create equity, equality, and recognition for the normally marginalized female members of the supply chain.
  • traceable to the organizational level, if not to the individual producer level, with particular attention given to the membership structure of the organization.
  • a potential for a long-term relationship in which increased market accessibility creates the opportunity and incentive to improve coffee quality, thereby earning increased cup-based premium in future harvests.

[source....Cafe Imports]

2016 Castle Rock Best of the Best - Coffee Shop

Being a Coffee Shop winning our category makes us so happy.  

Our team is very grateful for all of you.  Thanks for your votes again this year.

"Snowfall" our Christmas Roast flurries into stores tomorrow.

Come help us celebrate the morning release of our Christmas Roast.  "Snowfall" will be released tomorrow, Saturday the 21st, at 6am.  The Meadows and Downtown Castle Rock locations are getting stocked late Friday night in anticipation.

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Snowfall is perfect for family gatherings, warming up after ice skating, or after a day of skiing powder. Since 1936 our hometown of Castle Rock has gathered annually in November to light the star, that rests upon the rock, that gave the town its namesake. This annual gathering brings the town together and kicks off the Holiday Season. It’s with this event in mind that we developed this roast.

Our Snowfall coffee is a blend from Africa and South America. The sun dried Ethiopian Sidama, from the region where coffee originated, provides sweet fruit tones that pair blissfully with cranberry and citrus desserts or scones. Paired with Guatemala Huehuetenango, a washed-process coffee, this coffee adds earthy tones making it a perfect pairing with Thanksgiving Dinner and Christmas morning treats.

LostCoffee Cold Brew Iced Coffee | The 24 Hour Process

There are quite a few ways to make iced coffee. We'll go over the two most commonly used methods.

The first is "double batch brewing".  The method starts with a coffee brewer.  A double batch of coffee is measured, ground, and then placed in the brew basket.  The brewer is set to it's normal time and brew setting.  Water is then brought to just shy of boiling and the coffee is then brewed for a normal batch time.  Double batch brewing creates a stronger batch of hot brewed coffee.  That solution is then cut 50/50 with cold water.  It's a quick way for some shops to offer and iced coffee product.  It's flavor can be week and sometimes inconsistent, bitter, or acidic.

The second way is called Cold Batch Brew.  This is how your LostCoffee Barista makes your next cup of iced coffee.  We've been making it this way for over three years now.  The Cold Batch Brew method starts with a large container.  We take five pounds of our fresh, Castle Rock roasted coffee, Austin Blend to be specific, and grind it so almost every edge is exposed.  The Barista then carefully places all five pounds in a specially made cotton bag.  The top is tied off and all the air is removed from the bag.  The Barista then starts filling the container with crisp cold water.  The container it lidded and placed on the shelf.  Now we wait....and wait...and wait some more.  It takes 24 hours for the fresh cold water to penetrate the bag and extract every ounce of flavor.  

Our Cold Batch Brew naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity.  The coffee in this process never comes into contact with heated water, the process of pulling flavor from the beans produces a different chemical profile from conventional brewing methods.  The end result is a very crisp, deep flavor with very little after taste, and virtually no acidity.

It's warming up.  Stop by in the afternoon and try a cup.  Whether you get it with a couple pumps of sweetener, maybe add some cream, or straight up, you are sure to enjoy.

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