Bertha Climbs To New Heights
WONDERLAND COFFEE BLENd
The Wonderland Inspiration
Wonderland is an earthy and smooth blend with bold tones and light notes of black tea and brown sugar cinnamon. This blend was inspired by the rugged nature of the Pacific Northwest. The creators took a spin on this blend when roasting it lightly, incorporating the airiness and brightness of the snowy winter forests. Wonderland is brought to life by a coffee from Honduras – near the Cerro Azul Mountains. The incredible bio-diversity of the region is where this crop calls home. The coffee from these foothills are often bold and nutty, making them a unique bean and crop to this region. Read our Wonderland inspired story below, where the mountains were calling and only the bravest dared to answer.
When Bertha Climbed Wonderland
The Wonderland Trail, on the slopes of Mount Rainier, was first climbed in 1909 by the Mountaineers. Among the ranks of the first expedition was Bertha Knight Landes, the woman who would become the first female mayor of Seattle. Scaling gigantic mountains was in line with her tough personality. She manifested every daredevil adventure she put her mind to. Climbing up glaciers and crossing chasms in an ankle-length wool skirt isn’t for the faint of heart, after all.
Joining Landes was another female Mountaineer who was a teacher: Lydia Lovering. Lydia was a fellow suffragette who left a pennant in the crater of Mt. Rainer that read “Votes for Women.” During her Mountaineering years, Landes was an active civic organizer, heading up several women’s groups as well as sitting as the president of the Washington State chapter of the League of Women voters.
How tough was Bertha Knight Landes? A century after she joined the Mountaineers in their groundbreaking expedition of the Wonderland Trail, the Seattle city council named a 57-foot-diameter tunnel-boring machine after her. “Bertha”, the machine, would be used to plow a new automobile route under the city near the ailing Alaskan Way Viaduct. Bertha Knight Landes was thus remembered as someone who plowed ahead through all strata of apparently impossible obstacles. Undaunted, she forged a new path for women.
Below are some basic recipes outlining what we found produced the best cup with this coffee, however we encourage each home brewer to experiment and modify these recipes to suite their own tastes.
French Press Brewing Guide
Grind: Medium coarse (Slightly finer than sea salt)
Water: 600g 93°C/199°F
Total Brew Time: 15 Minutes
Yieldes appx. 2 cups
1. Preheat the French press by filling it with hot water
2. After heating the French press, dump the water out and fill with ground coffee.
3. Pour all of the hot water over the ground coffee. Start the timer and stir for 30 seconds.
4. Secure the top with the filter pulled up. Wait for the coffee to brew.
5. When the timer reaches 5:00 remove the top, stir briefly, and secure top back on.
6. Wait an additional 10 minutes. Press the filter down and decant the coffee into mugs to serve or another vessel.