That’s the cupping table from our public cupping with the folks from George Howell Coffee. We’ve always had respect for them as a quality-driven local roaster, and we’ll be serving one of their coffees on bar this weekend. They’re based out of Acton, and have been a wholesale roaster since 2002 — but their roots in the Boston metro area go deeper.
In the 1970′s, George Howell brought specialty coffee to Boston with The Coffee Connection, a small family of coffee bars that grew out of their first space in Harvard Square. George was one of the first to promote single estate coffees and quality-driven direct trade relationships.
After The Coffee Connection was sold to Starbucks in 1994, George continued to work to promote the same values in the coffee industry that drive our business today. He founded Cup of Excellence, a competition that highlights the best coffee producers in certain countries and gives them access to better prices for their coffees. In 2002, George re-entered the commercial coffee world, and his company is a great example of another quality local roaster.
This weekend we’ll be serving their coffee on bar. We selected one of the coffees we enjoyed from our public cupping last week, Lenana (Kenya), to put on our pourover menu. Come check it out Saturday morning!
(Photo courtesy of @thecoffeetrike).