We are kicking off camping season with a GIVEAWAY! There’s nothing better than a great cup of coffee in the great outdoors, and we want you to take our coffee camping with you! One happy camper will win three (3) one-pound bags of coffee.
Enter by telling us in the Comments below (and/or on FB or Instagram for extra entries) where you would take your coffee camping if you win.
Share the posts or tag your friends so they can have a chance to win also!
Earn extra entries by submitting a photo of your favorite coffee and camping moment! Upload your photos here for 5 entries. We’ll share our favorites this summer in more camping/coffee features! Limit 10 entries per person.
Open from 5/23/17-6/6/17 to U.S. residents age 18 and older. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram. Winner may pick up the coffee at our facility or have it shipped to them free of charge. Winner will be notified and have 3 days to respond or it will go to the next person in line.
Last Saturday Dave and Craig headed down to the annual SCA Coffee Expo in Seattle.
The event was a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and new trends!
We were able to check out tons of innovative coffee machines and brewing techniques, from cold brew to espresso machines and, for the factory, different systems to carry and dispense roasted coffee. There were even some Kenyan dancers to round out the experience!
Speaking of Toddy, we are planning on keeping our fridge stocked with cold brewed coffee all summer long, starting in June, so stop by to sample our favorite cold brew blends and talk Toddy.
38,000 pounds of green beans.
3 weeks and around 4000 miles
through the Panama Canal and up the coast to Seattle.
150 pounds each,
Stacked 15 feet high.
Drinking 600 pounds per week,
This will last us about 12 months.
We are proud to provide our customers with this premium coffee straight from Santa Elena, a farm owned by Luz Marina Trujillo, Dave's sister in law.
Stay tuned for more details!
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If you get the chance, please do stop by in person. We would love to say hi and show you around the plant.
Shop here to try this varietal.
Try it out and impress your friends on St. Patrick's Day!
Dave's Famous Irish Coffee:
There's plenty of time to pick up a pound or two of our Irish Coffee Blend and perfect your skills before St. Patty's Day.
For our Irish coffee mini photoshoot, we used the very glasses in which Dave and Joan would serve their Irish Coffee to their guests, back in the day. "We used to be known for these," Joan reminisces as we whip the cream for the garnish.
On their second date, Dave made an Irish Coffee for Joan. He says Joan might possibly have married him due to those Irish Coffees. :) At the time, Dave was selling the La Peppina handheld lever espresso machine out of their shop and this is what they used, with the espresso blend, to make the Irish Coffees. Fast forward a few years and it became tradition for the Stewarts to enjoy Irish Coffees on Christmas Eve as well.
We recommend strong brewed coffee or espresso for the recipe, but the Aeropress should work great too.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
We are frequently asked about proper coffee storage, so here is Dave’s advice on keeping coffee fresh.
In a nutshell: first, begin with fresh roasted coffee; and second, protect the coffee from heat and oxygen as much as possible to preserve its natural oils and flavor.
Fresh roasted beans are, of course, the first and most critical step. Stay away from a product that has been sitting on a shelf for months! At Vista Clara, we roast to order, then pack whole beans (or ground coffee upon request) in a sealed bag with a one-way degassing valve. The coffee will gas off for at least 48 hours after roasting, so this one-way valve allows coffee gas and any excess oxygen in the bag to escape, while keeping the outside air from getting into the bag.
Since coffee beans have a lot of natural oil, heat is the enemy. Keeping coffee in a cool, dark place helps maintain those fresh qualities. Therefore, our opinion is that refrigerating or freezing does indeed help keep the coffee fresh if you’re storing for long periods of time (we’d say more than a month). Coffee doesn’t freeze solid, so you can use it immediately after pulling from the fridge or freezer. Once opened, it’s best not to return the bag to the fridge.
This is our recommendation for most brewing methods. However, where espresso is concerned, the elements of a good extraction, and in this case the grind of the coffee, is so critical that storing a bag in very cold temperatures could affect the humidity of the coffee, and may result in a poorer quality espresso shot.
Simply put, it’s always best to get fresh coffee when possible and store for short periods of time in a cool, dark place. For long periods of time, put the unopened bag in the freezer until ready to use.
Do you have more technical coffee questions for Dave? Send us an email! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Happy New Year!
Grind matters a lot. The proper grind allows you to maximize your yield, or cups per pound, from your coffee.
We personally prefer brewing methods that allow for a finer grind and thus more flavor and cups per pound. Some examples of this are AeroPress, espresso machines, or one of our favorites: a pour-over with the Melitta cone filter. This brewing method will yield 80 cups to the pound!
Our in-house grinders are precision Swiss-made grinders with burrs made of hardended steel. They allow the best grind possible.
For home grinding, the key is a grinder with precision capabilities to get the proper fine grind for your brewer. If your grind is too coarse, you lose a lot of flavor, so you’ll have to compensate by using more coffee to get the right strength.
We have experimented and taste tested different grinds with many coffee systems to determine the optimal grind for each. Whether you prefer to grind your own coffee by the cup or have us prepare it for you, we’re happy to share our expertise and help you fine tune your process to get a consistently awesome cup of coffee!
Note* The scale for the above infographic (3-8) is based off from our coffee grinders at the roastery.
Each one is unique and handmade by Krishna Nepali and his family. All of our proceeds go back to the Rescue Training and Development Center and Krishna's family.
About Krishna: he makes these colorful bags on his treadle sewing machine and sells them to support his family in Kathmandu, Nepal.
About RDTC: a non-profit organization in Kathmandu which "teaches women to sew and run a tailoring business so they can become self dependent and empowered. Our students are unprivileged, poor and low caste. Some are also widowed, conflict affected, divorced, bonded labor, disabled, deaf, dumb, and orphaned. Our students also learn healthy nutrition, healthcare, cooking, knitting, bead work, time management, public speaking, Bible study, leadership, and many other valuable skills and character qualities." Quote from RDTC website - click link to learn more about the program.
Stop by the factory today to browse our selection!
Well, we had our company Christmas photos done recently...here's the whole team having a jolly good time! Holiday cheer is a real thing around here.
...and here's one of us looking a little more normal. ;)
For those of you on our mailing list (or if you'd like to be, just drop us a line), our Christmas cards should arrive in your mailbox soon.
We are excited to share our featured coffee, Guatemalan Rio Colorado!
This premium coffee comes from a small farm near San Guayaba owned by the Colom family since 1950. Mr. Jose Colom was so dedicated to the land and environment he became known as “the keeper of the trees,” and his daughter’s family continues the legacy today. We were lucky to get ahold of a small amount of this exclusive coffee and are offering it for a limited time in 12 oz bags. This is different than other Guatemalan varietals you may have tried, as most coffee from this region is grown in volcanic soil. Rio Colorado coffee is shade grown, and has a smooth, smoky flavor, with a hint of spice. Give it a try and let us know what that your take on that spice is!
With the storm rolling in this weekend, we want everyone to stay safe, warm, and caffeinated. Make sure you keep a nice hot cup of Vista Clara Coffee nearby all weekend!
Freshly roasted coffee isn't just a product we offer. It's an experience we want to share with you. And with every great experience, there comes a story. This is our story and we invite you to be a part of it.