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posted on Monday, June 19, 2017 - 9:00am by Michael Harwood

Arnulfo Leguizamo panorama - Colombia El Faldòn - Ceremony Coffee - Photo courtesy of Cafe Imports.

We're thrice-charmed to have found another distinctly superlative Colombian coffee as the third installment in our Rare + Experimental Series. This 100% Caturra microlot comes from one of the world's most highly-awarded producers - Sr. Arnulfo Leguizamo of San Agustin, Huila. From winning First Place in Colombia's 2011 Cup of Excellence (a high-quality scoring/auction program) to producing the coffee that took home the 2013 United States and World Barista Championships, Sr. Leguizamo has a seat at the table of the most distinguished coffee producers in the world!

Try a bag today!

Arnulfo Leguizamo raking - Colombia El Faldòn - Ceremony Coffee - Photo courtesy of Cafe Imports.

In the years since winning these prestigious awards, Sr. Leguizamo continues to be a driving force for distinctive, high-quality coffees. This lot from his focused 2 hectare farm, El Faldón (The Gable), leverages his considerable expertise into a super sweet, full-bodied, balanced coffee. With all the exciting new processes and cultivars out there, it is interesting that Sr. Leguizamo still credits his successes to the fundamentals of good coffee stewardship like carefully harvesting only ripe, sweet berries by hand, meticulous wet and dry process management, and an emphasis on the farm's high elevation as his greatest ally in growing his coffee.

Arnulfo Leguizamo + co-worker - Colombia El Faldòn - Ceremony Coffee - Photo courtesy of Cafe Imports.

This rare air helps bring the best out of the Caturra cultivar (C. arabica var. caturra). Caturra is typically blended with other cultivars, so we think you'll find a certain joy in exploring this cultivar-specific microlot! Known for being sweet with good brightness, we find that El Faldón is one of the fullest, most satisfying expressions of this cultivar we've ever tasted. Couple that with our roast development that emphasizes sweetness and texture, and you have a coffee that should please just about any palate!

Watch a short video on Sr. Leguizamo at his farm.

posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:15am by Michael Harwood

We're excited to share this stunning line-up of fresh crop Ethiopian coffees with you!

With four distinctive profiles, it'll be fun to pick your favorite!
Or even better, try them all side-by-side to explore the differences!

YirgZ - Photo by Keffa Coffee
Ethiopia Wazzala - Washed Heirloom - Yirgacheffe
Peach and lavender aromatics. Orange and lemonade in an elegant, effervescent cup.
The go-to. Our House Washed Yirgacheffe. Just consistently delicious.

Limu
Ethiopia Limu Kossa - Natural Heirloom - Jimma
Blueberry jam and Port aromatics. Grape soda and clementine in a juicy, syrupy cup.
The eureka moment! The fruit is strong with this one.

Hands sorting Ethiopian coffee.
Ethiopia Worka Sakaro - Washed Heirloom - Gedeb
Hibiscus and lemon aromatics. Peach and taffy in a vibrant, exciting cup.
The dazzling one. Rare aromatics and super juicy!

Reko
Ethiopia Reko - Washed Heirloom - Kochere
Orange and brown sugar aromatics. Black tea and rose water in a full, engaging cup.
The creamy one. Exceptionally balanced and cozy!

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No matter your preference, we hope you enjoy one of our favorite times of year - fresh crop Ethiopia season!

Until next time, Happy Brewing!
- MH

posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:30am by Michael Harwood

Springtime feels like a breath of excitement - flowers are blooming, wind is blowing, and fresh coffees are arriving! Check out some of new offerings below!

Pink Bourbon photo courtesy of Cafe Imports
Colombia Huila
La Estrella
Washed Pink Bourbon
Tropical fruit punch aromatics. Rose and pink grapefruit in a sparkling, unique cup.
Get a bag of La Estrella!

Ceremony Annuals Spring 2017
Spring 2017
Rwanda Kanzu + Ethiopia Wazzala
Washed Bourbon + Heirloom
Cherry cola aromatics. Pomegranate and chocolate in a lively cup.
Get a bag of Spring!

posted on Monday, July 11, 2016 - 3:00pm by Michael Harwood

We weren't so sure with the July 4th weekend being the coolest in a long time, but now that heat indices are rising to the high-90's, we feel certain that Summer has arrived! Perhaps no better time then, to try our two barista-created, competition-winning Summer Signature Beverages. Available through Summer's end at all Ceremony cafes, you won't want to miss these refreshingly creative coffee-based drinks.

Our Espresso Mojito, created by barista Nathan, shakes up our house espresso, simple syrup, and ice with muddled grapefruit and fresh mint leaves. Sparkling water and a homemade grapefruit "chip" and mint sprig top it off for a enlivening effect!

Ceremony 2016 Summer Signature Coffee Beverages

Barista Tony's Nitro Root Beer is a cold brew-inspired take on root beer floats. We start with a super tasty homemade root beer syrup, add a pinch of sea salt, then fill the glass with our frosty Nitro Cold Brew. The kicker is a freshly-whipped vanilla egg foam or scoop of ice cream!

Ceremony 2016 Summer Signature Coffee Beverages - Nitro Root Beer

Don't miss out! Until next time, happy brewing!

posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 2:00pm by Michael Harwood

You've seen them buzzing around, roasting & packaging delicious coffee. You know their helpful voices from when you call in with a question or an order. They've crafted you exceptional drinks time and again. Now get to know our team members a little better through what we call the Ceremony Spotlight.

Today's spotlight shines on one of our wonderful training and customer service staff.

Erissa sweetening her cup of coffee!

Name Erissa Mann
Job at Ceremony Trainer + Account Manager
Hometown/Current Town The 'Burbs of Boston, Massachusetts / Baltimore, Maryland

Describe your journey with coffee and Ceremony.
I started working as a barista in college because I needed a job and I liked coffee. Then I went to grad school where I promptly realized that I still needed a job, so I kept working as a barista. It was during this stint that I realized that I'd rather keep learning about and working in coffee than pursue my at-the-time plan. After working as a barista for a few years, I wanted to learn more about the wholesale side of the industry. Ceremony happened to be hiring and I eagerly joined the team!

What is your go-to coffee right now?
Tough question; I'm pretty fickle when it comes to picking a favorite coffee. This week I'm really digging the Colombia Los Naranjos, but a really well dialed-in espresso or batch brew always wins my heart, regardless of origin.

Erissa serving at Ceremony.

What are your preferred brewing methods? Do you have any tips?
The Beehouse dripper is definitely the brewer I reach for the most. One of my favorite weekend treats is to make pour over coffee at home.

As for tips, a good grinder, a gram scale, and making sure that your water is hot enough will all be super helpful for improving your brew, regardless of method. If you want to hear more of my brew tips, stop by one of Baltimore's Weekly Coffee Breaks, or check out our General Public class entitled "Brewing Coffee at Home". You'll really get to pick my brain for brewing advice!

When you're not consuming or being consumed by coffee, what else do you love to do?
I like to keep it pretty mellow in my free time. I love reading, hiking, riding my bike, excellent food, good drinks, and fine company.

What is something we might not know about you?
I completed training as an archivist before moving into coffee full time.
An archivist works with unpublished, permanently valuable records. Sort of like an archeologist!- Ed.

Erissa cupping at Ceremony.

That's Erissa! The Baltimore workshop wouldn't be nearly as kind or witty without her! Not to mention her skills as an incredibly patient and understanding teacher. Give her a wave the next time you're at the Baltimore cafe + workshop and be sure to stop by for a Weekly Coffee Break or class! www.ceremonycoffee.com/events

Until next time, happy brewing!

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Upcoming Public Events

29
Jun
11AM-12PM
Weekly Coffee Break: Summer 2017 - DC

Join us every Thursday at our DC Workshop for a taste of what's new and exciting at Ceremony!

This week we'll be tasting our newest Annuals coffee: Summer 2017. Welcome in the new season with this delightful blend!

Free for all, no registration.

Upcoming Wholesale Labs

29
Jun
1PM-4PM
Register
Sensory Skills: A Flavor Workshop - DC

Baristas spend a lot of time learning and perfecting the physical behaviors of making coffee, but so often the taste component falls by the wayside. In this class, we'll explore the ins and outs of coffee flavor - how to taste, how to articulate what you've experienced, and where that flavor originates. We'll taste different coffees and solutions, use a microscope to look closer, and even try our hand at flavor pairing. By the end, you'll be a pro at distinguishing between sour and bitter, answering which coffee has more caffeine, and more!

Level 3

Complimentary for Wholesale Partners
$38 for Non-Exclusive Wholesale Partners
$150 for General Public