Bittersweet: On Roasting the Last of a Great Batch

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Time flies when you’re busy. That much is true here at Augie’s as we say farewell to some great additions to our 2014 offerings. In our Redlands shop, the Colombia Danilson Oidor was a favorite amongst staff and customers alike on the brew bar. The Kenya Thiriku was a jack of all trades, showcasing its uniqueness as an espresso, pour-over, and drip.

Throughout the coming weeks, we will roast the last of our Kenya Thiriku and Colombia Danilson Oidor. These two coffees came to us from Red Fox Coffee Merchants, a coffee sourcing business that focuses on rare, and often overlooked farms in South America and Africa. While Red Fox might be a new name in the trading game, president and co-founder Aleco Chigounis is one of the most knowledgeable coffee sourcers around.

When Aleco started Red Fox, he already had over 20 years of experience in the specialty coffee industry. Throughout the years, he has held head buyer positions at Groundwork Coffee, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, and Coffee Shrub. Aleco has pushed for sustainable relationships with farms through direct trade practices. To do this, he spends months at origin, working closely with growers to ensure the highest quality yields. Needless to say, we are extremely excited to work with him more in 2015.

While it’s always sad to see a great coffee go, they will be replaced with new coffees that we know you will love. One of these will be from a country we have not yet featured in store, but more about that next time. And in the roastery, our roasters Tim and Robert are dialing in what will become 2015’s new espresso blend. Can you guess what’s going to be in it?

Until next time!


-Augie’s Coffee Roasters