Astronomy Outreach - Deep Sky Coffee Blog December 2019
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoy a happy holiday season over the next few weeks.
As I am midway through just my third month of operations, I want to thank my roaster, Dan Conner, for making it happen. Dan is awesome: a self-taught roaster who has gone to win five (and counting) medals from the Golden Bean Coffee Roaster's competition. Check out Dan's work at the Collab Coffee Project and on social media at @dancanroast.
Deep Sky Coffee News:
We are excited to announce our partnership with Teal Door Hosting, which hosts properties throughout Tampa and Saint Petersburg. Teal Door Hosting is also a Veteran small business, and hosts nearly 60 incredible rentals offering many unique themes and experiences. Check out their page and on social media @TealDoorHostingtpa.
By next month we should have a few beer collaboration announcements!
New Coffee Offerings:
This month we have gained access to a wonderful Peruvian coffee from the Cooperativa Agraia Juan Marco El Palto (JUMARP), which produces high quality organic coffee in a carbon neutral manner. JUMARP also has a "Mujeres" program to empower the women within the co-op. The coffee has tasting notes of black tea, brown sugar, and lemon. Learn more about JUMARP.
The most common question I receive is "Do you do dark roast?", usually accompanied with the comment "I like strong coffee." We don't do dark roasts, since the bean is so far roasted as to erase the individual nuance of the bean (which is the essence of specialty coffee) and the resulting flavor is a universal "char" profile. There is nothing wrong with dark roast; it is just not our preference.
That said, if you like "strong coffee", you can always increase the ratio of coffee to water in your brew. Within our current offerings, the Colombia single origin is the strongest in terms of "bold" flavor (which is admittedly subjective).
Last month, appropriately enough on Veterans Day, I spent time at the French American School of Tampa Bay showing the students the transit of planet Mercury in front of the Sun. Afterwards, I answered astronomy questions to the middle school students. The only thing more rewarding than looking through a telescope is share that passion with the next generation!
For future events, we are looking to pair the coffee-beer collaborations with PTSD-focused fundraisers.
Thank you for your support, and for your purchases that fuel Deep Sky Coffee’s philanthropic actions. Together, we can make the universe a better place, one cup at a time. Have a wonderful holiday season and here's to an awesome 2020!