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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!

posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:30pm by Michael Harwood

So much has happened over the past couple of months at Ceremony!

The DC Workshop is busy teaching and tasting! Sign-up for a class and show-up to our Weekly Coffee Breaks: ceremonycoffee.com/events

Michael at Ceremony DC Workshop

Our new Annuals series has been a hit! We were even selected for Speciality Coffee's Design Lab Exhibit, on display at the biggest coffee show in the US! GO JOSH!!!

Ceremony Annuals Design Lab

Michael (yours truly) recently returned from the United States Barista Championship, where he advanced to the semi-finals using the Kenya Kiangoi. You have to taste this complex, satisfying coffee: http://store.ceremonycoffee.com/coffees/kiangoi.html

Michael at USBC 2016

MSNBC stopped by our Baltimore cafe for a little primary coverage pick-me-up!

Vince with MSNBC anchor Kate Snow at 520 Park

We're also excited about the upcoming release of Annuals Summer 2016, an update on our seasonal food + drink at the cafes, a new batch of refreshing signature beverages, and oh, did we mention fresh crop Central American and Ethiopian coffees are arriving soon??? What a time to be alive!

Until next time, happy brewing!

posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:15pm by Michael Harwood

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop 1

The possibilities are practically endless when opening a coffee space in our nation's capital. Do you embrace the traditional cafe route, focus on amazing food, or cross-over with another unique business? There are so many potentials in Washington DC, but we decided the best way to serve our community right now is through a space that educates and makes accessible your coffee ritual. Our DC Workshop doesn't have cafe service or food (except at parties!). Rather, it focuses on wholesale + public classes, free weekly coffee breaks, and bringing people together in our vibrant District coffee community!

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening

You can find us at 1228 31st St. NW #101B in Hamilton Court, which is a small collection of buildings in Georgetown that features a fascinating, coffee-filled past: http://georgetownmetropolitan.com/2009/03/15/georgetowns-lost-beatnik-past/

Link up for maps of all our locations: http://ceremonycoffee.com/coffeehouse

Whether you want to attend one of our free Weekly Coffee Breaks, take a wholesale partner class, or a home barista class, we've got you covered! Check out http://ceremonycoffee.com/events for the happenings at each of our locations.

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening 2

We hope to see you in Georgetown soon!

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening 3

posted on Monday, January 11, 2016 - 1:15pm by Michael Harwood

Ceremony Annuals

Say hello to Annuals, Ceremony's twist on a seasonal blend series! By offering new, unique blends based on in-season coffees, seasonally appropriate flavors, and fun themes, we intend to engage your palate, mind, and aesthetic eye!

In the Spring, Summer, and Fall, you can expect us to highlight coffees from the Northern Hemisphere (Meso America, northerly Africa, northerly South Asia and Pacific Islands). In the Fall, Winter, and Spring, the Southern Hemisphere will reign (South America, southerly Africa, southerly South Asia and Pacific Islands). Why blend with freshly harvested coffee? Because it tastes better than that roasted from old green coffee. Once a coffee berry is picked from the tree, the clock is ticking!

Annuals are also about blending to create distinctive seasonal flavor experiences:

Winter - Full-bodied + Balanced - It's not just heartier food we crave in chilly, Hibernal months. Stay warm with this rich, deep, and comforting blend.
Spring - Bright + Sweet - With the world reawakening around us, this lively, elegant blend will rejuvenate your taste buds with light, fresh flavors.
Summer - Sweet + Iced-focused - How do you like your iced coffee? This blend will make a perfectly sweet, full cold cup for those hot, sticky days.
Fall - Progressive Series - Back to school! Learn what a difference blending makes by experiencing all four, unique versions of this experimental project.
Holiday - Berry-forward + Rich - Gather round with family and friends to enjoy this fruity, sweet, and full-bodied blend that will satisfy everyone in your household.

Ceremony Annuals Winter 2016 package

One other quite interesting thing about Annuals. We are roasting these blends in-between our light peak and espresso profiles. You may have noticed that traditionally, all of our single origins and house blends are light roast profiles, while our espressos are medium roast profiles. These roast levels are a big part of what makes us Ceremony. So why change our roasting for Annuals? There are a couple of reasons. The biggest is that we want these blends to be easily brewable as filter and espresso. Through roast profiling and tasting by our QA team, we find the sweet spot in between our two typical roast levels that makes these blends accessible to your pour over dripper or espresso machine. Read on below to see our recommended brewing parameters for this profile. The other big reason for splitting the difference is that we want Annuals to be a blend everyone can get excited about! By developing the coffees just that little bit more, we feel that the added depth and body will offer a wonderful complement to our lighter, cleaner, and more elegant roasts. We hope you agree!

Since Annuals roasts are slightly more developed, the rule of thumb will be that compared to our light peak roasts, you'll want to brew stronger ratio-wise and grind more coarsely. Compared to our espresso roasts, you'd want to brew Annuals weaker ratio-wise and grind finer. Annuals are basically the middle bowl of porridge, not too hot, not too cold, just right!

Light Peak Profile - Pour Over 1:17 - Immersion 1:15.5 - Espresso 1:3
Annuals Profile - Pour Over 1:16 - Immersion 1:14.5 - Espresso 1:2.3
Espresso Profile - Pour Over 1:15 - Immersion 1:13.5 - Espresso 1:1.75

Until next time, happy brewing!


Upcoming Public Events

Weekly Coffee Break: Cancelled - WASHINGTON, DC

Our Washington, DC coffee break has been cancelled, please join us for our Baltimore coffee break Saturdays at 12PM!

Upcoming Wholesale Labs

*FULL!* - Intro Barista: Essential Espresso Bar - WASHINGTON, DC

This session of Intro Barista is full, check back soon for our May schedule!