Berry Fruity, Coffees, Dark, Espresso, Nutty/Cocoa, Sweet, Urban City
Jazz Alley Nights
A rounded, smooth-bodied blend with cherry, caramel, and walnut notes
Jazz Alley Nights
12 oz Whole Bean
Tasting Notes: A rounded, smooth-bodied blend with cherry, caramel, and walnut notes
Process: Mainly Washed Coffees, but includes a Natural Coffee
Altitude: MASL 1,000 – 1,200
Variety: Typica, Bourboun, and Hybrid Varietals included in this blend
Roast Level: Medium-Dark
Origins: Peru, Indo-Pacific, and Central America
How Jazz Alley Nights Came to Be
We’ve always have been captivated by local music. Though Seattle is best known for the grunge movement sparked in the 1990s. But before grunge, there was jazz. In the early 1900s, underground jazz clubs dotted Jackson Street, and the whole city, regardless of race, religion, or economic standing, came together around a love of music. From the early jazz scene we found inspiration for this blend, as smooth as her namesake, Jazz Alley Nights is slightly sweet and goes down easy. The full Jazz Alley Nights story “Jackson Street & Food for the Soul” can be found here.
Highlighted Peruvian Coffee Defines Jazz Alley Blend
Cajamarca is nestled in Peru’s highlands, a fertile mountain valley. The high altitudes here and tropical weather patterns create an ideal environment to grow heirloom Typica or Arabica coffee varietals. In Jazz Alley Nights, the Peruvian coffee from this origin yields sweetness like caramel with cranberry and walnut flavors.
Historically, the region has been primarily known for its dairy products, but today Cajamarca is gaining a reputation for fine coffee. The mountain valleys get regular sun and the high altitudes allow for cool nights. Women wear traditional serapes and bowler hats as they climb the slopes, picking coffee cherries.The locals have a deep respect for the natural areas surrounding their villages. They have developed a rich folklore in which monsters appear, mountains kill approaching birds, and animals can steal a person’s soul.
The awe for the inviolable land is obvious.Increasingly Peruvian farmers are banding together to form cooperatives as a way of getting fair prices for their coffee in the global market. These cooperatives are providing money for better roads and for diversified sources of income like sheep, farmed trout, and guinea pigs (a source of food here). The farmers continue to protect the land and the land takes care of the farmers: a symbiotic relationship.
Brew time is shortened to 5-10 minutes. This is because darker roasted coffee extracts faster than lighter roasted coffee.
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.
Espresso Brewing Guide
Notes: Distribute the ground coffee evenly in the portafilter basket. Tamp straight down with approximately 30lbs of pressure leaving a flat and even bed of coffee in the portafilter. Review your brew recipe, pull your shot of espresso. Adjust grind finer/coarser to increase/decrease brew time. Results will vary due to machine/grinder differences. Explore taste results at +/- 3 seconds in relation to the recipe time to find the best taste at home.
Discover the Inspiration Behind the Blend
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.
Visibility in the Dark
This street, to us, depicts the struggles, victories, and losses of the minority communities and people of Seattle as well as the United States.
Seattle’s Caffeinated History
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