Busy Weekend

Our baristas were hopping last weekend. We work closely with many organizations and businesses in the region. Part of that work involves serving our delicious coffee drinks at community events.

Ian (aka boss) set up shop at the Concours de Elegance on Friday at the Hilton Head Airport and Saturday at the Port Royal Golf Club. Both events were well-attended and provided a great opportunity to mix and mingle with old and new friends. A special thanks to the volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol - nothing faster than old pilots finding fresh coffee.

Addy served coffee drinks at the Pearls to Pluff Mud annual event to benefit the Cross Schools of Bluffton.

Suzanne had a full set-up at the Indigo Run Christmas Extravaganza last Saturday. Great food, interesting gift ideas and the best coffee around. Easy to see why this annual event is always a winner.

If you are interested in having us provide coffee at your next event, please call for information or a price quote.

Pappy Coming Soon

The Grind Roasters is thrilled to announce the release of its newest addition to the Whiskey Series!

Medium roast beans from Ecuador aged in a Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrel. This is a marriage made in heaven and not just for you bourbon aficionados. As a bourbon, Pappy stands head and shoulders above other bourbon. Combine that with the nuanced flavor profile of the Ecuador coffee bean. Well, the proof is in the cup.

Available for sale on Friday, November 9. Price is $50 per pound and is also available in half-pound bags. Pour overs will be available in the shop for $8 and $6, 12 oz and 8 oz.

Pre-orders will be accepted through November 8 with a 50% deposit. This is a 70 pound limited release.

The Grind wins 3 awards at Golden Bean

   Ian Duncan, owner & head coffee roaster, took home three bronze medals from the 2018 Golden Bean competition in Portland, Oregon. In its fourth year in the U.S., Golden Bean competition and conferences started in Australia in 2008. The conference took place from September 17 to the 21.

   There are seven main categories including Pour Over and Espresso. Duncan entered his popular Brazil Sul de Minus bean in the Espresso Category and Nicaragua Café Diego and Tanzania Tweega AA in the Pour Over Category. Coffee companies submit their entries on a predetermined date and the coffees are judged through a blind tasting format in 10 categories using different brew methods. Over 200 professional coffee roasters judged this year’s entries.

 

Spooktacular Halloween Savings

Special savings this month through Halloween.

15% off all bagged coffee! This applies to our 12 ounce and 1 lb. bags. A savings of $2.25 for 12 ounces and $2.40 for a pound. Stock up! Tell your friends!

What better excuse to enjoy the same great beans that won medals at the Golden Bean Competition and Conference in Portland, Oregon last month.

And for you coffee-trick-or-treaters, our flavor of the month is toasted marsh mellow. Who says Halloween is just for the kids.

Stay safe this Halloween and drive aware on trick-or-treat night.

A Whole New Latte Art from The Grind

You really need to see it to believe it!

Latte art printer. Yep, upload an image to the specialized printer and lay down your full color photo, business logo or picture of your favorite pet. The printer uses food grade, soy based ink that is tasteless and safe - the same coloring that is used on pastries and cakes.

The image is printed right on top of a smooth foam or froth head on the coffee and the image lasts up to 15 minutes. The resolution is really remarkable and allows for detailed images to be reproduced. So, visit the shop, send us a jpg image and we’ll print it on your favorite cup of The Grind latte or cappuccino coffee right away.

Some pictures might be worth a thousand dollars, this one costs just 50 cents.

If you are planning a special event, party or business event - The Grind can make the event even more memorable. We provide coffee catering throughout the region, from Columbia to Charleston to Savannah. We will customize our offerings to serve groups from 10 to 200. Depending our your preferences, we can provide espresso, pour over, flavored and coffees from our Health X line. Mix it up with latte art and some coffee from our Whiskey Series. We’ll work closely with your caterer to provide great coffee to pair with your fare.

Pappy in the (coffee) Barrel

The newest and best addition of the Whiskey Barrel Series of Coffee! Green coffee from Ecuador will be aged in a Pappy van Winkle (12 year) bourbon barrel. Expectations are running high and we are counting the days until the barrel is tapped and the beans roasted.

The coffee will be available around Thanksgiving. It’ll be a 70 to 80 lbs. batch and each customer is limited to 5 lbs. The price is $50 per pound and no discounts or special pricing apply. If you are giving this as a Christmas present, we urge you to purchase the whole bean to keep it as fresh as possible.

Pour overs of the Pappy van Winkle aged coffee will be available at the shop. Price for an 8 ounce cup is $6 and $8 for a 12 ounce cup. Pre-order starting November 1 with 50% down payment.

Haitian Blue Mountain Coffee

The trial roast and sample of this coffee flew off the shelf. We’ll have this nectar available on Monday, October 15. I first had this coffee on a fall day in 1982 at a small coffee shop on the north side of Columbus, Ohio. It is the only coffee I’ve ever had that I remember with such clarity. There is a good reason; when the growing conditions are optimum and the Haitian Coffee Authority adheres to the standards they established, this is great coffee.

Haitian Blue Mountain coffee is back and it is fantastic.

Elevation: 1,200 meters (ASL) Varietal: Arabica Blue Mountain

Process: Washed (mucilage removed) & patio dried

Cupping Notes (liberally copied): Mellow, smooth and creamy body. Roasted almonds, buttery mouthfeel. Acidity is low, body is medium and complexity is medium. Sweet, smooth finish with astonishing balance. This is a flawless cup of coffee.

Our beans come from the Coopacvod Cooperativeand they only accept only organically grown beans.

Supply is limited to availability and demand. It is also a seasonal crop, so enjoy it while you can. Cost for a 1 lb bag is $24. No discounts or special pricing apply.

Special Price on Pour Over Equipment

While the supply lasts … 500 ml/17 ounce Apace Living premium pour over kit. Includes a glass carafe, and stainless steel filter basket. Pour over coffee provides the same wonderful aroma, taste and mouthfeel as a french press. The advantages of a pour over kit are it is easy to scale the amount of coffee made - from 1 to 3 cups and it is much easier to clean and maintain.

Do you miss great coffee on the road? With a pour over kit, all you need is hot water and that stale swill that many hotels provide will be but a memory.

Nearly forgot, don’t forget to pick up some of The Grind coffee.

Price … $35.00

New Shop will Open Soon

Work continues on the new shop. The Grind staff members are REALLY looking forward to moving to a larger space to better serve our customers and clients. Keep your eyes peeled, when the time is right we’ll have a soft-open and Grand Opening to introduce new merchandise and coffee drinks.

For you early a.m. commuters, the drive-through lane will get you underway faster with a cup of the best coffee in town. If you have a few minutes to spare, come inside and soak up the ambiance, jump on the wi-fi, power up your computers and phones, splurge with a gourmet donut or fresh bagel.

Our conference room is open for groups up to 10 people. This is a comfortable and quiet meeting space. It is free for 501-c-3 nonprofit organizations although we do ask that you purchase coffee, tea or snacks. For for-profit companies and endeavors, the cost is $50 and we ask you to purchase coffee, tea or snacks. Hours are limited to our normal operating hours.

Students looking for a great (and free) place to study? Set up in our conference room from 6 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. We know you’ll buy coffee.

Pair with a Flair

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Pairing Coffee & Food for Your Enjoyment

The Grind offers a traveling road show of coffee and food pairings for special events, in-home entertaining and restaurant-hosted events. Our classes are fun, informative and tasty.

In-home and special events are customized to fit your desires. This includes the number and type of pairings. Examples include appetizers, small plates, desserts, vegetarian, meats, fruits and dairy. We recommend three to five items to pair with our hand-selected coffees. If you prefer to make the paired foods, we will provide you with tried-and-true recipes. Otherwise, we’ll source the food items from our community partners. We have pairings geared toward appetizers, meat dishes, nuts & cheese plates and desserts. We recommend four to five pairings.

For a truly unique experience, we offer coffee aficionados the opportunity to roast a batch of our green coffee beans at your event. We use a 1 kg (2 pounds), propane-fired, hot air roaster to produce your choice of coffee beans to sample. Our staff will explain the process and provide details to help you and your guests understand coffee tasting elements and profiles.

Let me give you a couple of examples. An in-home session for 10 to 16 people with four coffee/food pairings provided by the Grind will range from $35 to $40 per person. We’ll provide everything except the guests. The same in-home option with the host providing the food items will range from $25 to $30 per person. The coffee roasting option is a flat additional cost of $50 and this includes two pounds of green coffee.

Please contact us if you’re interested in hosting or participating in one of our coffee/food pairings events.

Cold-brew Growlers

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Cold-brew Coffee Growlers

Bring your favorite cold-brew coffee home with a new Grind 64 ounce growler. These dark glass, reusable growlers keep your coffee fresh for up to 12 days in the refrigerator. Cold-brew coffee is smooth, sweet and allows the subtle coffee notes of chocolate and fruit to fully develop. Our cold brew is prepared as a concentrate and 64 ounces will make between 110 and 140 ounces of coffee depending on individual taste preference.

A regular rotation of medium and dark roasted Grind coffees will be available. The new growler service started in mid-July. We are pleased to find this becoming a popular drink.

Cold-brew concentrate is easy to use and an economical way to get the best tasting brew. Just fill a glass with ice, fill half-way with coffee and top off with water. Add milk or sweetener for taste and enjoy.

Cost for a 64 ounce growler is $20 and a fill-up is $12. For you bourbon barrel fans, the Broken Spoke Rua and Virgil Kane spirits will be added to the cold-brew rotation and will sell for $27.50 in growler and $18 for a refill..   

Aunt Laurie's

Aunt Laurie’s

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Laurie Brown, Founder & Owner of Aunt Laurie’s, includes bags of fresh roasted Grind coffee in their line of gift baskets. According to their website, “… each basket is handwoven and assembled by people with disabilities who are learning or reclaiming the skills to achieve their full potential.”

The gift items in the baskets are examples of the best of the lowcountry – and includes our coffee beans. One long-time customer has a standing order for Aunt Laurie’s Bluffton Blend.

“Our business,” said Ms. Brown, “is to help individuals with disabilities to learn job skills”. They also support and contribute to the local network of small and local companies in Bluffton, Beaufort and Hilton Head Island. As a national company, Aunt Laurie's gives tremendous exposure to the products made in our area, as ship nationwide and deliver locally.

Learn more by visiting www.auntlauries.com.

Bourbon Barrel Bliss

Bourbon Barrel Coffee

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Bourbon barrel aged coffee is a must try! The Grind is expanding the series of spirit-aged beans and will include Rua from Broken Spoke and bourbon varietals from Virgil Kane. These special beans will be available, on a first-come, first-served basis every 90 days. The cost is $25 per pound.

Green coffee beans absorb the aromas and flavors of the oak barrels and remnants of the fermented grains and sugars from the spirit.

Check back with us in late October, the next bean in the whiskey series is Broken Spoke Rua.

On a very special note, Ian Duncan, owner of the Grind is negotiating to acquire a used Pappy VanWinkle bourbon barrel. We are hoping to open the barrel in time for Christmas. Mark your calendars and watch for future email for details.  

New Shop - Same Great Coffee

New Coffee Shop Opens Soon

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The Grind is moving to a bigger and better location in October. The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for October 15. The address is 1 Sheridan Drive just off 278 behind British Open Pub. Hours will be Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The new location will have plenty of quiet, comfortable space with wi-fi and power stations. For those on-the-go, the new shop has a convenient drive-thru window. Ady, Coffee Shop Manager, is looking forward to our new full-service coffee bar, merchandise and serving great local food.

Doughnuts by All Joy Baking, European style baked goods from the Twisted Bakery, and sandwiches and wraps from the Downtown Deli round out the food service.

Merchandise will include top quality cups, brewers, growlers, cold-brew equipment, mugs along with clothing items, hats and Savannah Bee honey and pollen. All coffee and tea drinks are served in 100% biodegradable cups, lids and straws.

On the production side, the new location offers space to expand our K-Cup and Nespresso pod business. If you are interested in carrying customized K-cups and pods or you’d like to offer them as incentives for clients, give us a call.

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Spice it Up!

Enhance Your Favorite Brew with Spice

Ever thought of adding spice to your favorite coffee? There are a few popular spices that cross geographic and cultural boundaries and are used with all roast styles. Examples include cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon. Cloves and cayenne are offered in Indian restaurants – especially in dark-roasted coffee. Ginger and lavender work well in medium roast coffees from Central America. Even good old salt & pepper makes for an interesting espresso shot. To learn more, search regions famous for producing coffee and find out what spices, herbs and floral plants grow native to those regions.

If you’re interested in dabbling with spiced coffees, feel free to stop by the shop for ideas and information.

Fresh spice can enhance coffee flavor. Experiment with sweet, savory, floral and pungent spices.

Fresh spice can enhance coffee flavor. Experiment with sweet, savory, floral and pungent spices.

November Coffee of the Month - Honduran

Coffee of the Month

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A BLOG feature for the Grind Roastery. Buy the coffee of the month online or in the store, whole bean or ground, K-Cup or Nespresso pods – and take 10% off the regular price. Discounts are good through the end of the month when the article is published.

Honduran

Certification: Fair Trade & USDA Organic                 Elevation: High Grown (1200 meters)

Department: Ocotepeque                                        Process: Fully Washed & Patio Dried

Varieties: Lempira, Icatu & Bourbon (c.arabica)

 

Prior to 1990, coffee grown in Honduras was often sent to mills in Guatemala and San Salvador where coffee prices were consistently higher. Over the past three decades, the government of Honduras has made significant investment to create and modernize infrastructure, provide an ongoing education system for farmers, processors and exporters and develop a sophisticated grading, sorting and lot bidding system. Honduran coffee now represents 4% of coffee grown world-wide.

Honduras employs a strictly monitored elevation standard in grading and sorting coffee beans. Very-high grown is 1350 meters and above, High grown is 1200 to 1349 and Central standard is lower than 1200.

The coffee growing region lies on the west side of the country in mountain ranges shared with Guatemala and Sal Salvador. Honduran coffee benefits from a near perfect growing season combined with ideal elevation, moisture, minerals and nutrients. Coffee from Honduras is rarely blended as it wonderful as a Single Origin bean and its mild taste properties can be lost when blended with other beans.

Recommended roasts for this bean are light and medium. At a light roast the aroma combines nuts and vanilla bean while the flavor is milk chocolate and almonds. At a medium roast, flavors include tropical fruit, caramel sweetness and dark chocolate aroma. Whether light or medium, this coffee has a soft, silky mouthfeel and balanced acidity.

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