Sometimes we have to step away from our usual routine in order to see the bigger picture. We decided to take a “workcation” and travel to California to get inspired and check out what’s happening in the west coast coffee scene.
Counter Culture Coffee, originally from Durham, North Carolina is currently the primary roaster for little skips. They supply much of the East Coast all the way down to Florida with their award-winning coffee. A couple years ago, the company decided to expand west and opened a roasting facility in Emeryville, California, just outside of Oakland. More recently, they opened a training center in Silver Lake, Los Angeles which of course was the perfect place for us to begin our LA coffee adventure!
We met up with Allen Yelent at the training center, and just as we suspected the new space is incredible. Reminiscent of home at the NY training center, Design Bitches incorporated the same wooden benches but kept the LA “laid back feel” with a brightly colored exterior lined with cacti. Allen helped us wake up with a cup of Counter Culture’s new “Gigantic,” a blend of organic Santa Elena Pacamara from El Salvador and Mbiri AA from Kirinyaga, Kenya. Why is it called Gigantic? Both of the beans that make up this blend are…GIGANTIC! Pacamara is a variety that naturally produces very large coffee beans, and Mbiri AA from Kenya is sorted by size when it was being exported using the largest-size screen.
Did you know — in many countries, measuring the size of the coffee bean is a very important factor in determining how much a farmer will be paid for a certain coffee.
We will be serving Gigantic as our new espresso blend at Little Skips, 941 Willoughby Ave – Bushwick, Brooklyn.