Barth Anderson, green coffee buyer for BCRC at the Doka Estate, a fourth generation family farm in the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
How do we source the coffees that we roast? With great care.
Each year, Barth procures green coffee samples from the best coffee producers from around the globe. The coffees he identifies hail from small family farms, cutting edge private farms and coffee growing cooperatives. Barth’s sensitivity to cross cultural integration and his ability to communicate in other languages are an enormous asset to our search for great coffee. A fourteen year relationship with the Vargas family’s coffee farm in Costa Rica is testament to the depth of such relationships.
It is the biologically complex farms that yield complex cups of coffee. These coffees are grown by individuals who put their energy into the stewardship of their farms and the quality of their produce. We view the farms, families, and cooperatives that we work with as strategic partners. Our relationships grow with each year’s harvest, and in many cases our relationships span generations. Extensive information about each of the farms we work with is available from us in the form of BCRC Coffee Cards, as well as online at barringtoncoffee.com.
Gregg and Barth have been actively exploring different coffee flavor profiles since they became involved with specialty coffee in the 1980’s. At the Roastery in the Berkshires, the BCRC staff pool their collective senses to evaluate each coffee in the controlled environment of their tasting room. Our tasting room is one of the finest coffee analysis environments in the industry. Water quality, air quality, and equipment calibration are carefully maintained for consistency. Our critique of a coffee involves moisture analysis, sample roasting, the cupping process, serving temperature profiling, and numerous methods of brewing and extraction.
Ceres was the Roman goddess of agricultural cultivation and preparation.
Our Ceres Project™ is devoted to breaking new ground in the realm of blending super premium coffees to create a signature experience. The coffees we employ are born of daring coffee farming projects and obsessive coffee preparation. With these ingredients we shape new tastes.
2013 is the twentieth year that we have roasted coffee together as Barrington Coffee. We really hope you will enjoy our offerings to come from the Ceres Project™ as we move into our twenties. This will most certainly be an adventure from sublime to decadent.
Green Seal Program™
-Hermetically sealing green coffee to preserve freshness and vibrancy in the cup.
Is there an ideal way to handle the best green coffees in the world? Yes, very carefully.
Coffee beans are seeds from the fruit of the coffee tree. At Barrington Coffee, we care for and roast coffee seeds. We explore and identify the ones we enjoy the most, we preserve them, and we prepare them to order in our artisanal drum coffee roasters five days a week, each week of the year.
The coffee farms we work with typically have but one harvest per year. This can present particular challenges regarding seasonal supply and storage. After years of careful testing we have devised methods to preserve these amazing coffees so that we may offer them to you at their peak throughout the harvest season.
A washed coffee with a particularly lively acidity or a very delicate flavor profile will typically fare best by being sealed against the elements shortly after repose. In some cases we hermetically seal these coffees at the farm even before the coffee ships to our Roastery. In other instances, we may feel that once it has landed, the coffee will benefit by settling down further before being sealed. Pulped natural and natural processed coffees, for example, often benefit from further repose before sealing.
We make each of these decisions based upon our critical periodic analysis of how each coffee tastes. We decide when a coffee is at its best, and then we hold the coffee at that spot by protecting the green beans inside environmentally minded, reusable packaging. This is our Barrington Coffee Green Seal Program™.
Seasonality regarding coffee beans is not as simple as it may seem at first glance. The idiosyncrasies of provenance and process specific green coffee preservation are a major part of the equation.
We know that our conscientious efforts absolutely preserve moisture content, freshness, and peak character profile for even the most critical of brewing methods throughout a harvest year. We see this as the proper way to respect the carefully produced coffees that we are so fortunate to represent. Deciding how we will apply the Green Seal Program™ to a particular coffee is a challenge we really enjoy. We certainly hope you enjoy our results.
-Controlling relative humidity during green coffee storage to enhance body and soften acidity for espresso preparation.
There are a multitude of compounds that exist in a coffee bean. They can either make, or break a coffee’s cup quality.
We know that we can protect these compounds in green coffees through barrier protection and careful storage as we do with our Green Seal Program™. Deciding how to hold on to these qualities and how long each coffee’s season will sustain are some of the critical roles we perform as coffee roasters.
However, humankind has also known for millennia that aging and conditioning different kinds of food and drink can reveal amazing aromas and flavors. Over the years, we have found that we can actually improve the character of some of the coffees we prepare for espresso by tempering, or otherwise controlling, the storage environment and time period that these coffees inhabit before roasting. We use a variety of aging methods to open up an espresso profile, soften its acidity, and bring to light captivating and otherwise inaccessible flavors that can exist within particular coffee varieties. We call this process our Landed Aging Program™ for espresso coffees.
These coffees also have a season, it is just a different one than would be described by a traditional notion of seasonality. Typically seasonality is considered in the context of holding on to something that is fleeting. Landed aging is about developing and transforming something that is hidden within a coffee bean.
We have been actively exploring this potential in espresso coffee since the mid 1990’s when we created our Barrington Gold Espresso Blend™. You will also find it noted among some of the Single Origin Espresso coffees that we periodically have available as Limited Offerings.
Just as we transform green coffee to roasted coffee, we employ landed aging to impart our style to some of the very special espresso coffees that we offer. You won’t find them anywhere but here. We certainly hope that you enjoy our results.
Select Water Process Decaffeination
We believe that decaffeinated coffee drinkers drink coffee for one reason, taste; to experience the wonderful aromas and flavors of a coffee without experiencing the effects of caffeine. The decaffeination process we use with all of our coffees begins with exceptionally grown and prepared green coffees from the finest farms around the globe. This is an important distinction. At best, the decaffeination process will preserve the original character of the bean. We must start with an excellent coffee if we intend to achieve an excellent decaffeinated coffee.
Once we have selected a candidate for decaffeination, we ship the green coffee to the best water process decaffeination facility in the world. This facility is located in the mountains of Cordoba, Mexico. In Cordoba, the green coffee beans are immersed in filtered, heated water in order to extract the caffeine. The caffeine is separated from the water by being passed through charcoal filters. This water contains the soluble flavor compounds of the coffee that are then reintroduced to the beans in an immersing tank. In the immersing tank the beans reabsorb the filtered water containing the coffee’s original flavors. The result is 99.9% caffeine free and 100% chemical free coffee.
We are huge proponents of the Select Water Process not only because it removes caffeine from the coffee bean without the use of harmful chemicals or the creation of harmful byproducts, but because it leaves the coffees character intact.