We came across this wonderful interview with Juanita Sinisterra recently and it was just too good not to share! Check it out below. Currently we are offering a special release Geisha coffee from her farm under the name Colombia Media Luna. We look forward to purchasing more coffee from Finca La Fragua in the future!
Ever been to the Lynn Woods? It's 2,200 acres of trails and trees tucked away in the heart of Lynn. This park has everything: walking paths, lakes, towers, and local legends of a mysterious lost pirate treasure. Seriously. Pirate treasure. C'mon. Whether you want an easy stroll with the family or are looking for some nice hills for mountain biking, the Lynn Woods is a great excuse to get outdoors.
I went to visit this Saturday after stopping by the shop to grab a free cup of fresh brewed coffee, then drove the short distance to Great Woods Rd., where a parking lot adjoins a wide trailhead. The lower half of Walden pond, a city reservoir, was readily visible from the car. A dog and owner were playing fetch on the shore and a local jogging group was doing some pre-run stretching. The main trail is wide and easily walkable. From it, I enjoyed a quiet walk, punctuated occasionally by woodpeckers high up in the trees and chipmunks rummaging in the leaves below. Deer, owls, and foxes have been spotted here. Not too far from the parking lot, the trail splits in two, and the path to the left angles up a long steep hill. At the top is an unexpected surprise: a stone tower! The inside of the tower is closed to visitors but a short set of stairs will take you to a great view of the woods and city below. It's a bit of a hike, but with plenty of mossy logs and rocks to stop and rest on along the way. It was a great way to enjoy a crisp day and a hot cup of joe.
Getting your Lightning Coffee fix just got waaaaay easier. We now offer TWO options on our store page:
1) Giving a subscription as a gift. On the "Gifts" tab, you can select a 3-month Roaster's Choice selection. Each month, we will send two bags of coffee--the stuff we are really excited about, sometimes including some "early release" selections as well as customer favorites.
2) Give yourself a subscription. This is the new "Subscriptions" tab! We offer monthly subscriptions with the USPS shipping cost included (coffee by mail) or, if you live in our free delivery area, then we will bring it to you at no added cost (coffee for neighbors). Be sure to include your coffee preferences in the form so we know if you want whole bean coffee, a specific grind, or anything else you think of! We will do everything we can to honor your (reasonable) requests. Also on the subscriptions page is an "adjust my plan" button so that you can alter how many bags you receive, update your mailing address, or cancel at any time.
Either way, you (or your coffee-loving friend), will never have to worry about running out of coffee again.
With that said, the ongoing violence and refugee crisis taking place in Myanmar is absolutely heartbreaking and not to be overlooked. We hope that in adding this coffee to our current line-up we can help bring awareness the this issue. Lightning Coffee Roasters will be donating $3 from the sales of every bag of Myanmar to the UN Refugee Agency to support the families that have been displaced. If you would like to donate to aid refugees, please follow the link above to their website.
We will be serving brewed cups of coffee! Cold Brew and Foglifter's Blend (hot) will be available--and as usual, we will be offering free samples as well, so stop by for your caffeine kick!
We will also be offering:
See you soon!
Did you know the Swampscott Farmer's Market runs through October? We look forward to bringing your favorite coffees as we head into the Fall season. Starting this week, we will let you know in advance what we are bringing to the Market. If your coffee doesn't appear in this list, be sure to check out our online store where you can find all of our offerings.
This Sunday, our theme is "Taste of Africa". We are bringing fresh roasted:
See you soon!
Finally! A new dark roast blend! This one's got some kick. It's a mix of washed Ethiopian Sidamo and Organic Guatemalan Atitlan coffees. The Sidamo gives it a syrupy-citrusy bite and the Guatemalan smooths it all out and adds sweetness. Mmmmmm.
What makes it dark? Glad you asked! Here's a picture comparing this blend (center) to our light roast Beachcomber's Blend (on left):
The Foglifter Blend coffees spend a couple extra minutes in the roaster. As coffee roasts, if goes through several changes which include "first crack" and a "second crack". These stages sound like popcorn popping as the coffee heats and expands (well, it explodes, but just a little). Our light roast coffees are roasted into this initial "first crack" phase and then we take them out of the roaster before this ends. This much darker Foglifter Blend was roasted into the "second crack" phase. Dark roast coffees can be tricky because after second crack, the physical structure of the bean is starting to break down--and as this happens oils begin to appear on the surface. You may notice some oiliness on the surface of these beans--but not like what you would see in the darker French or Vienna Roasts. We tend to stay away from these. Call us snobs, but we want your coffee to taste like yummy coffee, not charcoal.
We're taking a brief break this week to recharge. Our Roastery will still be open this Saturday, but with reduced hours. Thank you for stopping in, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and we are excited to get back to work this weekend! Until then, we'll be relaxing lakeside.
Like summer, all good things must come to an end. Our Limited Edition Shipwright's Blend is nearly gone, but even as we are roasting the last few batches we have been busy developing new selections.
In addition to this light, bright coffee, we will also be introducing a dark roast blend next week (date to be determined). As we continue to grow and receive new coffee shipments, be sure to check back for the most current offerings!
Now that we have been in business for a couple months (!) I thought I would take a moment to answer some frequently asked questions.
Are you a coffee shop and do you have a store front?
Yes and no. Our non-traditional shop is located in the Lydia Pinkham Building in Lynn, MA. This is where all the green coffee gets roasted up. We invite you to come visit us on Saturdays 9 AM - 5 PM to see what's going on -- there's always a fresh pot of coffee brewed up and we encourage you to try some free samples and watch the roaster in action. It's a tasting room. For coffee.
Where does your coffee come from?
Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra...all over the world. We work with specialty coffee importers to source our coffees from these countries, and are constantly testing new samples to add to our lineup!
When will I receive my online order?
You may have noticed we have roasting and shipping dates on the product pages in our online store. That's because we only roast coffee to order because we believe coffee is best enjoyed fresh. If you place an order during the week, we will roast it on Sunday and ship it to you Monday. Occasionally, if we are roasting for an event or wholesale customer, you may get lucky and receive your order earlier.
How long does coffee stay fresh?
Coffee is a long-shelf life product and can be stored in a cool, dry place for many months. However, it is packed with volatile aromatics that are naturally lost over time once the coffee is roasted. Most coffees begin to noticeably lose their flavor after two weeks and we recommend storing it sealed up in the fridge or freezer if you know you won't be using it for a while. With that said, some coffees taste great after a month or two, so don't go throwing anything out!