In January we returned to Chiapas, Mexico to celebrate our 20 year relationship with Kulaktik coffee co-op in the municipality of Tenejapa. Since 1998 we’ve been visiting the folks at Kulaktik and have watched them grow from 45 to 180 members, build themselves a cupping lab and warehouse, and start their microlots program. They’ve modernized their facilities while proudly maintaining their indigenous Mayan culture, Tzeltal. We’re happy to have watched them grow and to have grown alongside of them. Cheers, Kulaktik, we’re happy to call you our longest relationship in our 25 years. 👏 Link to the full version in our bio. Enjoy! #ccr25
Our coffee of the week is Mexico Kulaktik! Colectivo’s history with Kulaktik dates back to 1998 when we were introduced to the cooperative through its Milwaukee sister parish. Located in the highlands of Chiapas, the group now boasts more than 250 members who grow coffee at elevations ranging from 1,350 to 1,800 meters. After years of dependence on outside organizations, Kulaktik – meaning “vine” in the Mayan language Tzeltal – now carries its own export license and continues to focus on quality improvements. The result is a coffee rich in flavors of plum, dark chocolate, and concord grape with a medium body. We’re proud of the co-op's progress, and we and look forward to sharing this offering going forward. Enjoy! #roastedinriverwest
Our friends at #troubadourbakery have been hard at work! Meet the Nutella Hazelnut Scone, delicious chocolate scone topped with chocolate and garnished with chopped hazelnuts. Pick up one of these treats next time you visit our cafes!
Our coffee of the week is our new Session coffee Guatemala Quetzal! Named for the resplendent long-tailed quetzal (ket-SAL), the national bird of Guatemala and also its currency namesake, this exceptional coffee is produced on the southwestern shores of Lago de Atitlán. It is there that Tz'utujil-speaking, small-scale Mayan farmers grow Typica, Bourbon, Caturra, and Red and Yellow Catuaí cultivars at an average of 1,600 meters above sea level. The full body and juicy acidity take flight when rounded out by flavors of milk chocolate, citrus, and tropical fruits. Enjoy! #roastedinriverwest
A unique twist on the Colectivo Keg Co. beers you already love, these four new patio beer cocktails are perfect for an afternoon in the sun. Nitro Dbl Black, Cascara-Mosa, Lemongrass Shandy, and Rebel Yell. Available only at Lakefront and Lincoln Park cafes. #colectivokegco
Nutella lovers rejoice! Our friends at #troubadourbakery have created the Nutella Pop Pastry to help you kick your mornings off right. This sweet treat is back by popular demand and features a flaky pie crust, cut and filled with chocolate hazelnut filling, then lightly dipped in chocolate. Enjoy morning, noon, or night!
Our coffee of the week is Honduras Honey - Carlos Argueta. Started as a banana farm in the mid-1990s, Finca Orgánica Los Ceibos 2 lies at an altitude of 1,350 meters near Santiago Puringla in southwestern Honduras. The owner, Carlos Alberto Argueta Mejía, inherited the property from his parents. He was inspired by the small-producer organization COMSA (Cafés Orgánicos Marcala, S.A.) to discontinue using agrochemicals in order to restore the soils and natural resources on his farm. Carlos received organic certification in 2016 and has been focusing on continuously improving the quality of his coffee. This honey-processed micro-lot is complex and balanced with dark chocolate, berries, and lemon flavors rounded out by a sweet juiciness. Enjoy! #roastedinriverwest