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Our new Giesen W-15 Coffee Roaster

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.

Posted on December 11, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.

What our coffee means to a customer in Africa

Tyson Hegarty, Doctors Without Borders, in Sudan sporting his Evans Brothers Coffee hat

Tyson Hegarty, Doctors Without Borders, in Sudan sporting his Evans Brothers Coffee hat

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!

>>> Sincerely,
>>> Tyson Hegarty, RN
>>> Doctors Without Borders
Middle of Nowhere,
South Sudan

Posted on October 28, 2014 and filed under Uncategorized.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aylele receives 93 score on Coffee Review

We were excited to receive a 93 score from Coffee Review this past month for our Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe AyleleCoffee Review is a coffee buying guide run by the esteemed Kenneth Davids, and is used by many coffee aficionados to find the best coffees available, from the universe of available roasters. Each month there is a specific theme, and roasters around the country submit their best coffees in hopes of receiving one of the top ratings and being published. This was the first time we had submitted anything to Coffee Review, and the theme was 'Coffees from a Single Variety, Single Lot'.  Only 13 of the highest rated coffees are published in the monthly article, and our Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aylele made the cut with an outstanding 93 score!  Click here to read the review.

Our focus at Evans Brothers is finding these 'microlot' coffees that can be traced directly to the farm and lot level.  This differs from a coffee that is simply listed with the region it comes from, as is most often the case in Africa.  You'll ususally just see a coffee as Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.  This is because most of the farmers are very small scale and all send to the same regional location for processing.  There is often no incentive to be better than your neighbor.  This is beginning to change with the work of good importers such as Cafe Imports,  who located this coffee for us.  They have provided financial incentive to individual farmers and isolated each individual farm.  Mr. Aylele and his family rose to the top this year.  Last year we selected coffee from a nearby farm owned by the Birhanu family, a coffee that ended up winning a Good Food Award.

This is one reason why our coffee offerings rotate seasonally.  We are always searching for the best of the best.  For anyone wanting to get the best coffees we have available, I recommend our Roaster's Reserve Coffee Subscription.  We select our best coffees every month and send these to you automatically, assuring that you'll always drink our most exciting Kenya's or Ethiopian's or other limited release, special coffees.

Posted on November 1, 2013 and filed under Accolades, Uncategorized.