If you're friends with my husband Sam on Facebook, you may have seen some things from him in the last couple of weeks about coffee. I know. Not wine? What's up with that?
This is a new project Sam started with Picacho Coffees to do offer a sommelier crafted coffee available through Picacho and at East End Wines. So, why do you want to have a wine guy help "craft" your coffee? If you've ever met a coffee geek, you might notice that they're not all that different from wine geeks: they like to take a liquid and pick it apart and show you exactly why it is you like it (or don't like it). Sam gave me a spiel about coffee is a natural fit after you've already practiced breaking down flavors for wine and beers and sake into all these different types of aromas and textures and blahzeeblahbloo (that is a technical term for whatever it is your sommelier husband says after the first 3 minutes of talking about wine, beer or sake)... I also figure after you drink a lot of vino, at some point in the next 24 hours, you're probably gonna need a cup of coffee, amirite?
At any rate, they're going to start offering two different blends: 529 Plan and the East End Blend. (The 529 Plan is a bit of an inside joke about where the Sam's proceeds from this little project will go. It's also why our son's names are crafted into the label--that's a grasshopper under a rowan tree). The 529 Plan is a light-medium roast and the East End Blend is darker. Right now, both of them are caffeinated, but there's a plan to get some decaf in the mix sometime in the future. You can read more sommelier-esque notes about both blends below, though I will tell you, I have no clue what Arusha is. I thought it was the stuff that gave you the poison ivy rash, but a quick dictionary check tells me that's urushiol. I was close.
They're having a tasting THIS FRIDAY at East End Wines from 5-8pm to introduce the coffees, so I'm sure Sam can tell you all about it.. Check it out if you're around!
Notes from the Sammelier: