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QUIVR!

We are excited to tell you all about a new project we are a part of! We have teamed up with a dear friend of ours, and actually one of our first Master Roasters to bring you a ready-to-drink nitro cold brew in a can! It’s called Quivr.

Quivr is nitrogen-infused cold brew made with our very own fresh roasted Barrington Coffee. Now that the secret’s out, and because you are a friend and fellow coffee enthusiast, we want you to try some! We love having it in our fridge and it also makes a great.

We are giving you 20% off of your first online purchase of Quivr cold brew coffee. Just enter the code BARRINGTON at checkout, and let us know what you think!

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Why Quivr?

Quivr coffee is carefully sourced and roasted in small batches by Barrington Coffee Roasting Company. It is then cold-brewed under exacting conditions for 20+ hours. The result is a classic cold brew coffee that tastes great and supports valuable social and environmental work of our coffee farm partners. Lastly, we infuse the cans with nitrogen so that, when shaken and turned upside down to pour, you get a creamy cascade just like a nitro cold brew served on draft.

Learn more about our story here!
PS. We also make one of the only decaf cold brews on the market and it tastes unreal!

Have questions about our products, online ordering or delivery? Get in touch!

QUIVR!2019-10-10T10:07:16-04:00

Trilogy Blend gets a 92!

We received a 92 point score for our Trilogy blend from Coffee Review in August of 2019!

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Baker’s chocolate, spice box, magnolia, fresh-cut fir, brown sugar in aroma and cup. Sweet in structure with round, gentle acidity; full, satiny mouthfeel. The finish centers around baker’s chocolate and spice with notes of aromatic wood throughout.

Notes:

A blend of washed and wet-hulled coffees from Africa, Asia and the Americas. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A blend of washed and wet-hulled coffees that reads like a friendly Sumatra: sweetly wood-framed with notes of chocolate and baking spices.

Trilogy Blend gets a 92!2019-10-09T16:01:50-04:00

Our coffee The Natural received a 92!

We received a 92 point score from Coffee Review in August of 2019.

Blind Assessment:

Very sweet, chocolaty and spicy. Ripe banana, moist pipe tobacco, tangerine zest, lilac, bakers chocolate in aroma and small cup. Light, silky mouthfeel. Tightens and turns rather dry in the finish, especially in the long. The coffee’s complex aromatics and deep sweetness carry seductively into three parts milk.

Notes:

A blend of dried-in-the-fruit, natural-processed coffees from Africa and Asia. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A compelling natural espresso — fully loaded with chocolaty, fruit-forward adventure.

Our coffee The Natural received a 92!2019-10-09T16:01:50-04:00

Our Barichu Double receives 94 points!

We received a 94 point score for this coffee from Coffee Review in July, 2019!

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, deeply savory, elegantly balanced. Dried apricot, maple syrup, narcissus, sandalwood, cacao nib in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart-savory in structure with vibrant, juicy acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of dried apricot and cacao nib in the short, rounding to narcissus and sandalwood in the long.

Notes:

Produced by the Barichu Cooperative from trees of the SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11 and Batian varieties of Arabica. This coffee is available exclusively as a part of the Barrington Coffee Curated Collection, which includes four ounces each of three distinguished coffees for $39.95. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A mesmerizing Kenya that is equally balanced among sweet, tart and savory impulses, with a particularly lively acidity.

Our Barichu Double receives 94 points!2019-08-28T14:03:22-04:00

Coffee Climate Talk

Coffee Climate Talk – this Sunday April 28th at 12:30pm with Barth Anderson from Barrington Coffee.

Coffee Climate

April 28 @ 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Join Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Sanctuaries for free food and informal conversation with Barrington Coffee. Food, refreshments, and a short presentation from Barrington Coffee on their climate engaged coffee selection and production. Bring a friend, meet new friends, and take part in relaxed and friendly conversation on climate change and coffee. At Dottie’s Café, 444 North St, Pittsfield.

Coffee Climate Talk2019-09-27T10:33:51-04:00

Our Ketiara Receives 92 Points!

We received a 92 point score for this coffee from Coffee Review in April, 2019.

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, earthy. Moist, fresh-fallen leaves, orange zest, fresh-cut pine, cocoa, lily in aroma and cup. Richly tart in structure, with a savory edge. Light but buoyant mouthfeel. The finish consolidates around cocoa, orange and a deep, lily-like floral note.

Notes:

This coffee tied for the fourth-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from Sumatra for Coffee Review’s April 2019 tasting report. Coffees like this one from the northern part of the Indonesian island of Sumatra are valued for their complex earth and fruit notes that appear to result largely from unorthodox fruit removal and drying practices called “wet-hulling.” Produced by the Ketiara Cooperative, the only women-led cooperative in Indonesia, with 867 small-holding members. Certified at origin as fair-trade (by Fairtrade International) and organically grown, but not so labeled. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: Attractive choice for lovers of the traditional Sumatra wet-hulled profile: earthy, pungent, yet bright, offering bonus satisfaction for supporters of progressive, women-led cooperatives.

Our Ketiara Receives 92 Points!2019-08-28T11:41:58-04:00

Women in Coffee

In March of 2019 we featured three coffees produced by women lead coffee projects from around the world; Sumatra, Peru and Ethiopia. These spectacular coffees have incredible stories to tell about the women responsible for their creation. 

KETIARA

Produced by The Ketiara Women’s Cooperative, Central Aceh Province, Sumatra

Ketiara Co-Op members picking coffee cherries.

Ketiara has been our primary offering from Sumatra for many years. Its classic syrupy body and low acidity are highlighted by spicy, earthy and stone fruit flavors. Flavors like these are only possible through careful plant husbandry and impeccable application of the traditional wet-hulled process. This fastidious care is undertaken each year by the almost two-thousand members of Koperasi Pedgang Kopi (KOPEPI), also known as The Ketiara Women’s Cooperative.

Though Ketiara has its roots in the 1990’s, the cooperative was founded in 2009 with thirty-eight original members. Ketiara is the only women-lead coffee cooperative in Indonesia. The  Chairwoman, Ibu Rahmah, has been with the organization since its inception, carefully guiding its development. In 2011, the Co-op attained Fair Trade Certification and now includes only small, independent farm members. The current geographic area they farm comprises over 836 hectares. A shade canopy and companion planting of staple food crops is found throughout the Co-op, along with a broad diversity of wildlife including the endangered Sumatran tiger, elephant and orangutan.

The coffee varieties cultivated at Ketiara are little known outside of Indonesia and include Tim Tim, Bergendal, Sidkalang and others. Once picked, the coffee cherries are wet-hulled. The wet-hulled process is unique as it involves simultaneously removing the fruit and the hull surrounding the coffee seed. Once stripped, the seeds are then dried in the sun. Because of its heavy body and low acidity, this coffee is quite versatile. Even at our light roast treatment this coffee is a great choice for those who drink their coffee with milk or cream.

The Ketiara is a part of our Origin Certified(TM) Program and has been certified at origin by Control Union Certifications B.V. as having been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers as we’ll as having been certified Fair Trade at Origin by Fairtrade International (FLO).

GATO NEGRO

Produced by Las Damas de San Ignacio, Cajamarca, Peru

Luzmila Feliu, Sales and Logistics Coordinator for COOPFASI

The Gato Negro is grown high up in the Andes Mountains along the northern most border of Peru. This shared equity cooperative was formed in 1969 by a priest named Francisco Cuentas and ten coffee growers. The Co-op now includes just under four hundred farmers who work together as the Cooperativa Agraria Frontera San Ignacio (COOPFASI). Women comprise a majority of the membership and they are locally known as Las Damas de San Ignacio.

In 2016, COOPFASI designed a loan distribution program. This program supports members with land improvement, livestock husbandry, home renovation and local craft production. They have also built a computer lab open to all members. Women serve as board members, managers, quality control evaluators as well as producers.Tenets of gender equity and the empowerment of women remain central to their cooperative mission.

This coffee is a go for dark roast lovers. Our roast profile for this coffee celebrates super smooth, dark roast character with tons of chocolate flavor. It is versatile enough for all brewing methods and it is great straight or with milk.

As part of the Barrington Coffee Origin Certified™ Program, our Gato Negro has been certified at origin by the Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) as having been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers and by the Rainforest Alliance as having been shade grown.

AMARO GAYO

Produced by Asnakech Thomas, Sidama, Ethiopia

Asnakech Thomas with her flowering coffee trees

Asnaketch Thomas is Ethiopia’s only female coffee grower, miller and exporter. Her farm is located high in the Amaro Mountains, a region characterized by beautiful bamboo forests and abundant waterfalls. At her mill she has the capacity to produce natural processed as well as fully washed coffee. Cherry selection and her attention to every detail from sorting through processing elevates her coffee to grand stature and year after year her coffee displays its characteristic heady profile.

This natural process Amaro Gayo has a plush aroma with fruit flavors of blueberry, blood orange and dried cranberry along with spicy qualities of mace and cacao. It is great in the press-pot and also makes for a hefty single origin espresso.

Asnakech’s pioneering work as an agricultural leader in Ethiopia has involved her commitment to help establish an advocacy program for other women coffee growers. The group she helped to establish group is called the Ethiopian Women In Coffee Association (EWiC). You can learn more about the EWiC and their involvement at the 2017 World of Coffee Budapest Convention here.

In 2018, Asnakech’s coffee farm and coffee mill were destroyed during tribal warring on the border of Sidama. Acres of her coffee trees were lost. Her husband was shot and her Farm Manager was killed. Through sheer conviction, Ansakech has been able to hold onto the farm, rebuild the mill and Amaro Gayo continues to produce. In spite of the trials she has endured we are all hoping for another great harvest in the upcoming year.

This coffee is part of our Origin Certified(TM) Program and has been certified at origin by the USDA as having been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers.

Women in Coffee2019-04-17T13:13:42-04:00

93 Points for our Feku Double!

Our Feku Double from Oromoa, Ethiopia received a 93 point score in February, 2019 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Bright, crisp, sweetly tart. Apricot, almond, cocoa nib, cedar, honey in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with juicy acidity; velvety mouthfeel. A quietly rich finish centers around apricot and honey, with cocoa nuance.

Notes:

This coffee tied for the third-highest rating in a cupping of coffees from New England roasters for Coffee Review’s February 2019 tasting report. Produced by Feku Jiberil from traditional, largely indigenous varieties of Arabica long grown in southern Ethiopia. Processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying). This coffee is available exclusively as a part of the Barrington Coffee Curated Collection, which includes four ounces each of three distinguished coffees for $39.95. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A classic wet-processed Ethiopia cup: bright and vibrant, with leading notes of stone fruit and cocoa.

93 Points for our Feku Double!2019-04-10T10:32:18-04:00

Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – 12 Best Coffee Roasters in the US

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The 12 Best Coffee Roasters In The U.S.

Give the gift of coffee for the winter holidays.

As beverages go, there’s nothing hotter than specialty coffee at the moment. Third-wave roasters (or are we already seeing the surge of the fourth wave?) have elevated the game for all of us who appreciate a great morning cup. These 12 specialty roasters across the U.S.—from major metropolitan cities to tiny hamlets to college towns—offer the best coffee you can buy in the U.S., hands down. They all source green beans with curiosity and passion (and the three roasters from Hawai’i are also farmers, themselves), traveling the globe to seek variety, experimentation, and sometimes rarity. And they are all committed to practices of economic sustainability by offering farmers fair prices for their coffee, which is produced through tireless work that’s difficult on the body. Then, they roast it with care, developing a roast profile that honors the inherent qualities of each coffee. Lastly, they even teach you the basics of how to brew it at home.

Barrington’s Guatemala Tasting Pair.BARRINGTON COFFEE ROASTERS

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company

Based in Lee, Massachusetts, Barrington offers a range of exceptional coffees for gift-giving throughout the year. Try their Twenty-Five Anniversary Blend as an espresso or a pourover or go for one of their curated tasting pairs.

Forbes Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – 12 Best Coffee Roasters in the US2019-02-12T15:50:58-05:00

“Big-Bean” Coffee Varieties

From Coffee Review – November 13th 2018
By Kim Westerman November 13, 2018|ReviewsTasting Report

“Big-Bean” Coffee Varieties: Novelty, Scarcity, and Atypical Sensory Pleasures

Among the hundreds of coffees we review each year at Coffee Review, a very small percentage represent what we’ve come to affectionately call “big-bean” varieties, coffee from tree varieties that produce beans that are dramatically larger than average. The most common of these are Pacamara, Maragogipe and Maracaturra, though there are some even more obscure varieties whose beans are also exceptionally large. Since 2014, we’ve reviewed only 38 coffees from these three varieties. Remarkably, eight of them landed on our very competitive Top 30 Coffees list in the year they were reviewed.

Yellow Pacamara from Mierisch’s Finca La Huella after processing. Courtesy of Kakalove Cafe.

For this month’s tasting report, we decided to take a closer look at these curious varieties. We asked roasters to send in their favorite “big-bean” coffees, and received 75 samples in all. The vast majority were Pacamaras, and it is this variety that fared best in our cupping (some theories about why below). We review the top nine coffees here, eight of which are Pacamaras, along with one impressive Maragogipe.

A Brief History of Big Beans

Maragogipe, also known as “elephant bean,” was discovered growing in a field near the town of Maragogipe in Bahia, Brazil in the late 19th century. It never took off as a single-origin coffee because, though it adapts well to colder climates, it’s porous and difficult to roast and tends to be woody and flat in the cup. While it originated in Brazil, it’s now grown most widely throughout Central America, though in small quantities. Although its main appeal may be the novelty of its gigantic beans, when grown and processed carefully and roasted sensitively, it can deliver a subtly unique sensory profile that leans toward the sweet-savory.

Pacamara, a hybrid of Pacas and Maragogipe, was the culmination of 30 years of research in El Salvador. Pacas, named after the family that discovered this natural mutation of the h