Starting in March Dwelltime will offer Woodneck Wednesdays between 10am-2pm! All proceeds made will be donated to El Xalum in Guatemala in an effort to kick-start their farm revitalization projects.
If you haven’t had a woodneck before, you are in for a treat! The woodneck is our favorite pourover brewer. Rather than using a paper filter, the woodneck uses a cloth filter suspended by a wire hoop in the carafe. Paper filters have a taste that you can minimize, but never entirely eliminate; a well-cared for cloth filter produces the same very clean, well filtered cup but with a juicier, paper-free taste. Cloth filters take a little bit of extra care in cleaning and storing, but the extra 60 seconds it’ll take to care for is well worth it. Cloth filters use depth filtration — similar to how a felt pad would filter as opposed to a thin paper filter — allowing fines (very small coffee particles) to get captured in the layers of the fabric, rather than getting caught up against the surface of a filter and restricting flow. Additionally, unlike paper filters, cloth filters allow oils to pass through easier. This combination gives you cups that have a heavier mouthfeel, while still having great flavor clarity.
If you walked into Dwelltime on Tuesday you probably noticed the warm and inspiring prints on the brick wall. The lovely prints and some originals are from LQJ’s adventures while living and working on organic farms in Australia. Although the bicycles and street life are from another home they remind me of Cambridge. And even though our summer has gone and been taken over by fall leaves and apple cider donuts, the blueberries warm me up.
Stop by on Friday, November 21, between 5:30pm-7:30pm to meet Laura Quincy Jones!
These prints are part of her illustrated travel narrative, Open Road: Life Illustrated on Australia’s Organic Farms, which she is presently working to publish. Recent travels and rural living in Japan, New Zealand, and Russia offer rich material for visual storytelling projects.
On Sunday morning the Dwelltime brunch team was busy bailing water out of the kitchen and service floor. As of right now the shop will be closed until we asses damages and prepare for re-opening. We’re already tackling projects that were necessary but couldn’t be achieved during opening hours, like polishing the bar! Trevor spruced up the bar with a little elbow grease and polish. Ben, Irma, and Ted cleaned the floors, dishes, walls, and dusted our lamp heads. Trini and Katie organized the basement . Ted managed to get the kitchen in place while Chris took stock of all our goods. We will be pretty busy for the next few days so stay tuned to our twitter. Be sure to pick up your coffee at places like Voltage and Simons if your looking for something tasty and in the neighborhood.
posters created alongside the documentary “Almost Home: Taiwan”
Art for a Free Taiwan is a resistance art project comprising of several artists efforts to bring awareness to Taiwan’s political struggles. The posters are commemorating the 67th anniversary of the 228 Uprising.
There will be a reception on Saturday March 8, 2014 with Victoria Linchong, director for Almost Home: Taiwan. She will be in Cambridge for a short while promoting Almost Home: Taiwan as well as Art for a Free Taiwan.
Come join us this Saturday between 4:00 pm-6:00 pm and enjoy a cup of our direct trade Taiwan oolong teas from the Shin-Fong Estate. There will be a special menu available as well as a chance to purchase some of these lovely teas and posters.
Well, Dwelltime has been holding back this decision for awhile but here it is: Dwelltime will go analog this weekend and all following weekends. With Saturday waffles & oatmeal taking off and Sunday brunch going strong, asking our customers to leave the laptops at home is our solution to seating more people. To celebrate the change, we’re bringing in a record player and staff will be playing tunes analog style. Lets just hope the staff know how to work spotify on it, that’s a thing, right?
Now I know what some customers might say, “Not yet, I love hanging out on the weekends with my laptop at Dwell.” So, just for you and everyone else, we’re keeping the bar available for laptop use. However, the internet will still be off between our lunch & brunch weekend service.
Update for Week Beginning December 23
New Years Day Brunch Menu
We’ve put together a preview of our New Years Day Brunch. Here’s the draft:
Two yeasted waffles served with your choice of maple cinnamon butter or honey vanilla butter ($7.95 — add maple syrup for $1).
Housemade buttermilk biscuits with sausage gravy with your choice of a vegetable frittata or two poached eggs. served with homefries and a mixed green salad ($9.99).
Side of four miso braised pork ribs ($7.00).
Five ounce gibraltar of fresh squeezed orange juice ($3.00).
In our first month we served a fresh squeezed orange juice, but the amount of oranges we were using & the labor involved was beyond our means — it takes a lot of oranges to make a glass! We’re bringing it back for New Years & it may make a return in the future.
We’ll be open & serving brunch from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Update for Week Beginning December 23
New Coffees on Menu
We’re in the midst of a rotation on our menu. We are serving Finca El Quizarra & Bosque Reserve. Both these coffees are coming out quite nicely, and we hope to continue to buy them in the years to come.
barismo, our wholesale coffee sourcing & roasting business, first bought Quizarra last year and it stood out as one of our best espresso coffees of 2012. This year we bought two different lots from this farm. We’ll often also call these microlots, and they refer to coffee not just from one farm, but a particular selection from that farm, whether it be by location on the farm, coffee variety, processing method, etc. These are traditionally labeled on the farm by number; the two lots we bought are Lot 90 and Lot 104. We’ve released Lot 90 as the Quizarra Espresso, and Lot 104 as the Quizarra filter coffee, which we are serving on bar.
Bosque is the longest standing buying relationship we have at barismo, and we have been gifted to work with Luis Pedro & his team to see the farm transformed over the years. This year the coffees were separated by day lots (each days harvest kept separate through processing), which were each evaluated for quality. The best day lots make up the Bosque Reserve. We currently buy 100% of the production of El Bosque, and it will continue to be a staple in the coming years.
Clever Coffee Drippers
We are now selling the Clever Coffee Dripper. It’s an easy to use manual brewing device based off a melitta drip cone, but with a plunger at the bottom. When sitting on a countertop the plunger closes off the bottom, allowing it to brew like a french press. Once you place it on top of a vessel, the plunger lifts up and allows the coffee to drip through. In the past we did not carry these because they were fragile, but the design has changed over the years and they are now much sturdier. We also sell the #4 cone filters they take.
Holiday Hours Reminder
We will be open on Boxing Day (December 26) from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We’ll return to regular hours on Friday.
We will be closing on New Years Eve at 3:00 PM. We will be open New Years Day for brunch 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
Updates for Week Beginning December 16
New Years Day Brunch!
Last New Years we did our first brunch on New Years Day, and it was a hit beyond anything we expected. Since then, it’s become a regular part of our weekly routine. We’re doing it again this New Years Day. We’ll be open for brunch on shortened hours, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and serving brunch through the day. As we regularly do for Sunday brunch, we’ll be doing table service.
We will be open on December 26 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We are operating on shortened hours that day due to many of our staff traveling; we’ll be back to normal on December 27.
Baratza Encore Grinders Are Back!
We just got a new shipment of grinders from Baratza in. We’re carrying the Encore Conical Burr Grinder, Baratza’s entry level burr grinder. It’s our go-to for filter coffee brewing at home or the office, whether you’re brewing with a French Press, a V60 pourover brewer, or anything in between. At $145, it’s the best grinder in its price category.
You can find slightly cheaper grinders from other manufacturers, but you won’t find the same support and built quality as Baratza provides. They provide full documentation on their products, spare parts, troubleshooting guides and a grinder repair program — along with a standard one year warranty for defective materials & workmanship. We’ve called them before for issues we’ve had with grinders, and they really do answer and provide solutions. Problems happen from time to time, but few companies have the integrity Baratza does to stand behind their product.
Updates for Week Beginning December 9
We’ll now be writing an update at the top of each week with updates. Some announcements to start with:
We now have gift cards available. They can be purchased in digital format online at:
Physical gift cards will be available in store soon.
December Drink Card Deal!
For December we’re offering a special Drink Card deal. Pick up a Drink Card for $30, valid for 10 drinks of any kind.We’ll only be selling these cards until Christmas, but you can buy as many as you want.
The cards are only available for purchase in store. You can use the card anytime you want.
We’ll be open on December 24 from 7:00 AM – 2:00PM. We will be closed on Christmas Day. We will have an update soon about December 26.
We’ll be closing at 2:00 PM on December 31. We will likely be open on January 1, and will follow with an update when we know more.
We’ve been tweaking our regular operating hours since Daylight Savings Time ended; with the sun down earlier, mid-Cambridge gets sleepier early in the evening. We’re now closing at 6PM Monday-Saturday, and at 5PM on Sunday. Our opening hours are remaining the same.