Randy Evans was in San Francisco to receive a 2016 Good Food Award for our Kenya Gatundu Karinga, becoming the region's only 2 time Winner!
We had an incredible time at Coffee Fest Portland 2015. Evans Brothers Won 3rd Place in the prestigious America's Best Coffeehouse competition! According to Coffee Fest, "America's Best Coffeehouse competition has been developed to determine and acknowledge the three best coffeehouses regionally in North America"
The origin trip to Brazil was at the end of September for 10 days. The trip was organized by one of our importing partners that we purchase some of our coffee through, Atlas Coffee Importers, and included three other roasting companies, Broadcast Coffee from Seattle, Cafe Grumpy from New York, and Hunter Bay from Montana. We flew to Sao Paulo, and toured the heart of Brazils coffee growing region in Minas Gerais.
It’s still hot at 9 p.m. when I pull up to Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters in Sandpoint, Idaho. It’s summertime quiet—the streets are empty except for a carful of teenagers that drives past after I park. The shop was already closed for the day, the sun slowly darkening the streets around it.
Sunday's K9 Keg Pull at Evans Brothers, the finale to Sandpoint's Winter Carnival, was once again an incredible community event for all ages.
It was an exciting day when our new Giesen W15 Roaster arrived! Randy has been privileged to roast on top quality machines by Diedrich and Probat, but this particular roaster is the perfect fit for our needs as we grow and evolve. We are so excited for the potential to further improve upon the nuances and sweetness of our best coffees, which we so carefully source.
Finally, after a brand redesign and a year after embarking on the bag redesign with Factory North of Portland, our new bags and labels are here! Seeing them all lined up on shelves together makes quite an impact, and we couldn't be happier with the end result.
We search for the very best coffees available from particular regions, but we get particularly interested when our work with that coffee can make a direct impact in the world. The naturally processed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Rako Mountain Reserve is not only the best Natural Yirgacheffe we have had, it is supporting an awesome cause.
Our importing partner Atlas Coffee, along with Addis Exporters, have launched a project to benefit the Girls Gotta Run Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Addis Ababa working to empower young women in Ethiopia through running and educational programs. Both Atlas and Addis are contributing 5 cents per pound sold to Girls Gotta Run, and Evans Brothers is contributing another 10 cents per 12oz bag sold.
From the GGRF website: "Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that invests in girls who use running and education to empower themselves and their communities. While most do not become professional athletes, some do; and training allows them all to stay in school, avoid early marriage, and enhance their personal economic opportunities. It also develops their sense of well being and personal power. Material support provided by GGRF includes, but is not limited to, funds for running shoes, training clothes, extra food ("calorie money"), coach subsidies, and other training-related expenses. GGRF also advises local and partnering organizations on gender sensitive issues and advocates for gender equity in all running programs and organizations."
While the region of Yirgacheffe has been known for producing some of the best coffee in the world for many years, there are still relatively unknown micro-regions within the area that are just now receiving well-deserved attention from specialty coffee buyers. One such area is called Sisota, located at the base of a mountain called "Rako" by the locals. "Rako" translates literally into "challenging," and with a look at its steep, rocky slopes it's easy to see how the mountain earned its name. The lowest altitude Sisota farming areas are over 2,000 meters above sea level, and they've been cultivating heirloom Typica varieties for decades.
We are thrilled to be adding "Rako Mountain Reserve" Yirgacheffe Grade 3 to our lineup this year. Grade 3 in Ethiopia refers to a natural dry process with a very high level of preparation, resulting in an immaculate cup with a rich sweetness and nectar-like mouthfeel more common of full naturals. The quality and unique character of "Rako Mountain Reserve" Yirgacheffe Natural is reason enough to try this outstanding coffee. What's more, you support the Girls Gotta Run Foundation with every bag purchased.
Here is a recent correspondence we received from a customer that is doing amazing work in Sudan, Africa as part of Doctors Without Borders. It sure feels good to know how our coffee can be something that lightens someone's day! Needless to say we'll be sending him a complimentary shipment of coffee and more apparel.
"Hello from South Sudan!
>>> I am writing because, for the past 6 months, I have been working in South Sudan for Doctors Without Borders, sporting my Evans Brothers: Artisan Coffee Roasters hat.
>>> It has been with me through all kinds of crazy situations here, and one night as I was lying in my mud hut, staring at the hat for the hundredth time, I started to wonder if your company were still around. Looks like it is! A few years ago, when my brother and sister in law were in Idaho on a cross-country bicycle trip, my brother was given the hat as a gift by a Sandpoint resident.
>>> My brother gave me the hat to take along to Africa, and I use it constantly. However, it frequently reminds me of one of the many things not available in conflict affected South Sudan: GOOD coffee.
>>> I'm returning for several weeks around thanksgiving, and although we have many, many coffee roasters in Washington state, I would most love to celebrate my time at home with my own brother, and a fat bag of Evans Bros coffee. Can you please recommend the quintessential Evans Bros roast? I'll put an order in and have it shipped to my home town of Bellingham, WA in time for my homecoming. Hope to hear from you soon!
>>> Tyson Hegarty, RN
>>> Doctors Without Borders
Middle of Nowhere,