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FOODIES of New England

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Check us out on pages 96-98 of the Spring 2016 issue of FOODIES New England!

Go to pages 96-98 to Read the full article.

Flavor Navigator

We’re excited to share with you the latest addition to our website—our Barrington Coffee Flavor Navigator.

Now when you go to learn about a coffee, in addition to its written description you will see a unique graphic diagram that describes its aromatic and taste characteristics. We hope that this will provide an easy to use visual guide that will enrich the way we communicate with you about our offerings.

Here we have two Flavor Navigators, one for our Barrington Gold and our Kochere(Ethiopia):

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Through side by side comparison we can understand how coffees share similarities and how they differ.

The Gold is chocolaty, spicy and nutty. The Kochere is floral, fruity and herbaceous. The Flavor Navigator suggests that these coffees are in direct contrast with one another. We understand that they offer radically different experiences in the cup and that they appeal to very different tastes.

In this example we compare our (413) with our Kalledeverapura (India)

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Notice how these coffees appear very similar, with each expressing qualities of nut, chocolate and caramel. While these two coffees still offer their own distinct experiences, they share a lot in terms of overall characteristics. We would suggest that they appeal to similar palates.

Whether you are looking to try something similar to what you already know you like, or you are curious to mix things up with a little change, we hope our Flavor Navigator will help to guide you along your way!

We’re Compostable!

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After literally decades of searching, we are super excited to introduce our new 100% compostable retail bags.

These bags have a soft organic feel and they offer a fully hermetic seal for the freshest coffee possible. The block bottom allows the bags to stand up proudly on a counter or shelf. This innovative material is constructed out of Biotre® Film, created by Pacific Bag and is certified to OK Compost’s Home Composting Standard and to ASTM International standards for commercial compostability. 

When we founded Barrington Coffee in 1993, we have always sought to identify the most exciting coffees on the planet, grown by farmers who use environmentally sustainable methods for cultivation. At long last we are able to bring our coffee sourcing philosophy in line with our packaging.

Juliette Receives 93 Points!

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We received a 93 point score for this coffee in November of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, floral, intricate. Rose, Brazil nut, sweetly pungent frankincense and liquorice bark in aroma and cup. Soft, richly composed acidity; velvety, plump mouthfeel. Crisply drying, nutty, long finish.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). With its elegantly elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. Processed by the pulped natural or “honey” method, in which the skin is removed from the coffee fruit immediately after picking, but the seeds or beans are dried with all or part of the sweet pulp, or fruit flesh, still adhering to them. This particular Gesha is produced on the Ninety Plus Gesha Estates. 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.

Who Should Drink It: Those who are intrigued by a delicately intense floral and nutty cup with fine structure and intricate aromatics.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

Kigutha AA Receives 94 Points!

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We received a 94 point score for this coffee in November of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Big, sweet, brightly juicy. Blood orange, black currant, complex flowers (lily, rose, violet), in aroma and cup. Sweet, zesty acidity; satiny mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates around flowers and citrus in a richly drying finish.

Notes:

Despite stresses brought on by charges of corruption and a confused transition toward an open market, the famed Kenya coffee auction system and its participating cooperatives continue to produce some of the world’s most elegant and distinctive coffees. 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.

Who Should Drink It: Aficionados of the classic Kenya cup: big, bright, dry but juicy, deeply nuanced with flowers and sweetly tart fruit.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

El Diamante Receives 93 Points!

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We received a 93 point score for this coffee in November of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Deep, spicy, sweet-savory. Baked apple, pecan, sandalwood, jasmine in aroma and cup. Roundly brisk, balanced acidity; lightly syrupy, velvety mouthfeel. Pecan and apple carry into a quiet, resonant finish.

Notes:

Produced entirely from trees of the heirloom Bourbon variety of Arabica. El Diamante is a mother-and-daughter-owned farm. 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.

Who Should Drink It: An appealingly deep, sweet-savory, pungently wintery profile.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

Perci Receives 93 Points!

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We received a 93 point score for our Perci in November of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Resonantly intricate, original. Complex range of floral notes (lavender, orchid), roasted cacao nib, ginger, sweet orange in aroma and cup. Crisp, vibrant acidity; velvety mouthfeel. Resonant, gently flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

Produced from trees of the rare Ethiopia-derived botanical variety Gesha (also spelled Geisha). With its elegantly elongated beans and distinctive floral and crisp, often chocolaty cup, the Gesha variety continues to distinguish itself as one of the world’s most unique coffees. This is a dry-processed or “natural” version of the Gesha, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. This particular Gesha is produced on the Ninety Plus Gesha Estates. 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.

Who Should Drink It: A quietly striking, original version of the great Gesha profile.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company Stirs Up Newbury Street

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Behind the counter at Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, four clear glass tubes are filled with bubbling water and steam. The steam inside the tubes creates a vacuum seal that shoots water into coffee grounds. The combination filters through the piston to create the most consistent cup of coffee possible.

I have been to Barrington several times since it opened last December, but I’ve never ordered a cup of coffee made this way, called a Steampunk machine. It looks intimidating. The machine, the manager of the shop tells me, is likely the only one in Boston.

Any barista using it to make a cup of coffee turns into a mad scientist. The manager, Teegan Jansen, poked at a tablet screen as steam billowed in the tubes in front of her. I stand back.

“It’s a thing to watch,” she said.

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The Steampunk method of brewing coffee takes the simple product and advances it to a level not present at other shops. Barrington uses the Alpha Dominche Steampunk coffee brewer, and its industrial feel plays off the modern elements of the coffee shop.

Featured Images by Drew Hoo / Heights Editor

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Nigusse Lemma Receives 94 Points!

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We received a 94 point score for our Nigusse Lemma in October of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Subtle, elegant, alluring. Brisk, vibrant acidity and aromas of almond, brown sugar, lemon zest and rose. In the cup, persimmon and almond flavors dominate. Satiny mouthfeel. Floral-toned and pleasantly bitter finish, redolent of almond milk.

Notes:

Limu is a growing region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the area. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. The farmers, Nigusse and Haile Lemma Edeto, won the prestigious African Taste of Harvest Competition awarded by the African Fine Coffee Association in 2014. 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.

Who Should Drink It: Those who value an elegantly subtle version of the fruit-and-floral-toned exuberance typical of fine dried-in-the-fruit or “natural”-processed Ethiopian coffees.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

Kemgin Receives 94 Points!

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We received a 94 point score for our Kemgin in October of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

High-toned and exhilarating. Complex flowers (lavender, violet, saffron), cocoa, blood orange, sandalwood, a savory hint of ginseng in aroma and cup. Richly and delicately bright acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Cocoa and ginseng notes in particular carry into a deep, savory-edged finish.

Notes:

This coffee was produced by Ninety Plus, the admired Panama- and Ethiopia-based producer of small-lot, high-end coffees. It was processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying); Ethiopia coffees processed with this method typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity, with a particular emphasis on floral notes. 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.

Who Should Drink It: The intricate, fragrant overlapping of sweet floral and savory herb tendencies may particularly appeal to those who enjoy complex aperitifs and digestifs.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

ZAGAT – 21 Hottest Coffee Shops in the U.S.

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We’re a nation of coffee drinkers, and lucky for us java junkies, there’s no shortage of great spots to get our caffeine fix. Check out some of the finest coffee shops in the country below and don’t forget to peruse the results from our annual coffee survey, which takes a look at how much we drink and pay — plus what people really think about that fancy latte art.

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Barrington Coffee Roasting in Boston

After two decades as a Berkshires-based micro-roaster, this company first expanded into cafe settings in Boston’s Fort Point, serving drip- and flash-brewed joe alongside artisanal teas and locally sourced pastries. A cool vibe meets coffee science at the newer Back Bay location, opened this winter, where a state-of-the-art machine brews pour-over-style drinks to precision with four futuristic glass cylinders.

Must-Order: Barrington frequently unveils new espressos with unique flavor profiles. Its latest: the 413, which boasts varietals created through the roaster’s long-term farm projects in India, Brazil and Colombia. You’ll find notes of malt, maraschino cherry and molasses.

On the Menu: Keep an eye out for tasty scones in varieties like bacon and Gruyère.

303 Newbury St.; 857-250-2780

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The Barrington Coffee Origin Certified™ Program

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-No Pesticides
-No Herbicides
-No Synthetic Fertilizers

Each of our Barrington Coffee Origin CertifiedTM coffees arrives at our Roastery after having been certified at origin by a formally recognized third party certifier as having been produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers. In addition to having been certified at origin by a recognized organic certifier, some coffees may bear additional third party certifications from organizations such as Rainforest Alliance, Demeter, TransFair USA, Smithsonian Institution, Utz Kapeh and others. Please consult the description for each coffee on our menu to learn more about its distinct identity.

Barrington Coffee’s Pioneering Role in Organic Coffee Processing

Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, Inc. was among the very first specialty coffee roasting companies in the US to be certified for organic coffee processing. Our certification as a processor began in 1996 and predates our certification through the National Organic Program by seven years.

We have been ardent supporters of organic and biodynamic coffee cultivation since we started our roasting company in 1993. During our earliest days roasting, we began sourcing coffees from certified organic coffee growing cooperatives in the Dominican Republic, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala and Sumatra. As Timor established its independence in 1999, we have had the good fortune to work with there as well. Our deep roots in organic agriculture qualify us as one of the longest term certified organic specialty coffee roasters in the United States.

In the mid 90’s we became involved with a biodynamic coffee farming project in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. This was a project inspired by Christoph Meier, one of the founders of the Hawthorne Valley Farm, Ghent, NY. Christoph Meier is a pioneer of biodynamic tropical agriculture and currently operates his biodynamic banana and mango farm, Horizontes Organicos in Azua, Dominican Republic.

Our path to organic certification began in 1996 with Quality Assurance International (QAI). At that time we undertook a pro bono consulting project to assist the largest organics company in Europe, Rapunzel Pure Organics, to build a roasted coffee program here in the United States. This project involved work with a coffee cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico. This farm was both organic certified as well as biodynamic certified through Demeter International.

Our work with the very same coffee cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico laid the foundation for the coffee program at the Arbor Day Foundation. This was another pro bono project which we initially consulted with the Arbor Day Foundation and helped to get off the ground with Matthew Quinlan at Conservation International (CI).

When the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) came into existence in 2002, we became certified as an NOP Organic Processor through the federal program working with Baystate Organic Certifiers, Winchendon, MA.

In 2015 we came to the realization that through the efforts we undertake with such a broad diversity of farms and cooperatives of all shapes and sizes, we are able to do an even more effective job at categorically describing our coffees through our own certification program. Thus was born the Barrington Coffee Origin CertifiedTM Program.

The processing methods we utilize at our coffee Roastery have always been found in utmost compliance with the guidelines set forth by the USDA and the FDA. Our methods remain unchanged and are driven by the pursuit of sourcing and preparing the finest roasted-to-order coffees on the planet and delivering them to you — FRESH. To make that happen, we fire up our roasters Monday through Thursday of each week. Any order received before 9am will be roasted and shipped out that very same day.

We strongly support farming without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers and fungicides. We believe that coffee grown under the shade of a tree canopy and polyculture farming practices foster biodiversity, more resilient farm systems, a healthier planet and the highest quality coffee.

The Barrington Coffee Team

 

New Barrington Coffee Bitters!

Coffee_Bitters BMD_SILOBerkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) has teamed up with Barrington Coffee Roasting Company to create a signature aromatic coffee bitters from the heart of the Berkshires. BMD Coffee Bitters combine Barrington Coffee’s Sumatra Aceh and a proprietary selection of dark botanicals that form a rich marriage between sweet, savory and dry cocktail flavors.

This summer, we have created a lineup of cocktails, mocktails, and beer drink recipes using BMD Coffee Bitters designed to refresh and enhance your summer drink menu.

Check out some of our recipes below…

BCRC Shandy (mocktail)

Maine Root Ginger Brew
Seltzer water
6 dashes BMD Coffee Bitters
Lime wedge

Dash bitters into a Collins glass, fill glass with ice, fill glass half way with ginger brew and top up with seltzer, garnish with lime wedge and serve.

Sanni Cola Old Fashioned (cocktail)

Two sugar cubes
Maine Root Mexicane Cola
10 dashes BMD Coffee Bitters
2 ounces BMD Berkshire Bourbon
Orange slice
Luxardo cherries

Soak sugar cubes in 10 dashes of bitters and 1/4 ounce of Maine Root Cola. Mash until a paste is formed. Add orange slice, taking care to press just the flesh (not the rind). Add cherries and press gently. Add bourbon and ice and BOX (pour back and forth from one glass to another). Serve in a rocks glass with a cherry and/or an additional dash of cola.

Drew’s Amaro Root Cooler (cocktail)

1 1/2 ounce Averna Amaro
Juice of 1/2 lime
Maine Root Root Beer
3 – 4 dashes BMD Coffee Bitters

Combine amaro, lime and root beer in a Collins or rocks glass. Finish with bitters and a wedge of lime. Can also substitute club soda for a drier palate.

Add a bottle of BMD Coffee Bitters to your arsenal.
Grab a bottle for your mixologist friend.
Break out your shaker and let the party begin!

$13.00 / 200ml bottle    click here for more recipes

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Boston’s Best Coffee Shop 2015!

Best of BostonOnce upon a time, simply saying “venti” was enough to make one feel oh-so-informed on coffee. Now, like wine aficionados, java junkies appreciate true complexity—the infinite symphonies of flavor notes, the nuanced impact of a bean’s terroir. This Berkshires-based roaster gets everything very right, Read more

Keremara AA Receives 95 Points!

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We received a 95 point score for our Keremara AA in April of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Softly pungent, lushly exhilarating. Narcissus-like flowers, dark chocolate, sweet lime, myrrh in aroma and cup. Quietly though complexly bright acidity; buoyant, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor carries deep into a sweet finish.

Notes:

Keremara Jungle Estate is a family-run farming collective established in 1974 and currently managed by John Kimondo. AA is the highest grade of Kenya coffee based on bean size and freedom from physical defects. This coffee was produced entirely from trees of the much-admired SL28 variety of Arabica. 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.

Who Should Drink It: A striking but very accessible coffee. The combination of flowers, chocolate, sweet citrus and a pungent, incense-like note is unusual, and supported by a structure both balanced and seductive.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

Tchembe Receives 94 Points!

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We received a 94 point score for our Ethiopian Tchembe in April of 2015 from Coffee Review!

Blind Assessment:

Juicy, velvety, complete. Crisp roasted cacao nib, ripe citrus and strawberry, honeysuckle, sandalwood in aroma and cup. Gently vibrant, perfectly balanced acidity; plush mouthfeel. Sweet, flavor-saturated finish.

Notes:

This is a very refined version of a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees. This coffee was selected and prepared under the supervision of Ninety Plus, a distinguished boutique producer and importer of innovative small-lot coffees from Ethiopia and Panama. Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast.

Who Should Drink It: The sweetly bright, buttery juiciness of certain tropical fruits, balanced by refined cacao and aromatic wood notes. Distinctive and superb.

See the full review on Coffee Review.

  • This video will guide you through the simple process of brewing a batch of coffee with a Fetco coffee brewer.

Fetco Batch Brew

This video will guide you through the simple process of brewing a batch of coffee with a Fetco coffee brewer.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Tasting!

Aren’t you LUCKY to join us for our first ever coffee and Irish soda bread tasting featuring Tart Baking Co. based out of Northampton, MA.

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Boston’s 10 Hottest Coffee Shops

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Maybe it’s the big student population that needs all that late-night caffeine, but Boston has a pretty solid set of java joints. Each of these opened within the last year, adding a little extra buzz to the local coffee lover’s world.  Read more

20 Essential Boston Coffee Shops

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What makes a perfect coffee shop is a subjective question; truthfully, the most “essential” coffee shop is the one that’s most convenient. Read more

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