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Our Coffees

Decaf Sumatra – Gayo Mountain
With sweet earthy aromatics, Sumatra has a well-deserved reputation as a full bodied and syrupy coffee with sweet soft acidity and distinct fruity and earthy characteristics. While the American Roast certainly mirrors this reputation, with that big round full body and bright acidity, the French Roast goes further with that heavy semi-sweet earthiness you'd expect from Sumatra.

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Ethiopian Yrgacheffe
The Yirgacheffe growing area is located in south-central Ethiopia and the region’s farmers produce some of the most distinctive and best coffee in the world. We usually end up with a couple of different lots from different growing partners during the year. This gives us the opportunity to show all Yirgacheffe has to offer.

Full City Roast – Honey, floral, red plum, tea-like finish
French - Roast - unsweetened chocolate, sharp, lingering finish

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Full House Blend
Big and Bold, yet somehow slyly smooth and smoky, a little musky, full bodied with stay alert flavor, this blend provides that feeling of a caffeine jolt without the usual jitters. Originally blended as a special promotional blend for brother-in-law Ashley Adams’ House of Cards Radio online and on-air radio program, Full House Blend won’t help you fill an inside straight but it will get you that winning feeling in every cup. And you can take that to the bank.

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Guatemala - Chajul
The Guatemalan Chajulense American Roast is medium bodied with a sweet aroma and lemony aftertaste, while the French Roast version is reminiscent of dark chocolate and brown sugar.

Chajul is in the Ixil region of Guatemala, where The Coffee Trust, founded by co-owner Bill Fishbein, has concentrated its sustainability efforts in education, healthcare, food security, economic development and capacity building. When La Roya, the coffee Leaf Rust fungal disease that’s been ravaging Central American coffee farms since 2013, hit Chajul, the Coffee Trust found itself needing to shift gears from promoting general sustainability, to finding very specific solutions to coffee farmers’ capacity to survive the devastation. (Chajul lost 75% of its crop in 2014) Uprooting old coffee plants and replanting disease resistant plants was a first major effort, but maintaining healthy plants using EMs (effective micro-organisms) and food security measures allowing Chajulense families to plant their own food using an indigenous compasino a compasino (farmer to farmer) methodology has lead to increased participation by up to 1500 farming families, up from an original 150, in two years. Through fundraisers by several cafes around the country, and Coffee Exchange’s several fundraisers including the now famous ((it’s been going on for 26 years and counting) New Year’s Day Fundraiser and a 6-8 week fundraiser during the year, Coffee Exchange customers and staff have raised over $25,000 over the last two years, for the Coffee Trust’s Roya Recovery Project.

American Roast - Flavor Notes: Mild lemony and red fruit acidity, Vanilla, Medium bodied.

French Roast - Flavor Notes: Chocolate, Smooth drinking.

Fair Trade / Organic

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Honduran Comsa Espresso Roast
This is the darkest in our dark roast repertoire. Like the Full City version, the Comsa Espresso Roast is big and round, and it’s heavy, like the French Roast, but it’s the savory sweet velvety flavor that surprises and satisfies.

*(FTO) Fair Trade Organic

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Honduras - Comsa
The light roast brews smooth and sweet, with a rounded body and toffee like flavors. The dark with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and cream.

Full City Roast – Milk chocolate, mild citric acidity, malt, full bodied.
French Roast – Round and smooth with a hint of black pepper.

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Kid From Brooklyn
This combination of exotic Indonesian coffees, hearty South American coffees and a dash of African coffees creates what one former manager at Coffee Exchange described as having a “quirky bohemian spirit.” More than a hint of (Ethiopian) mocha is added to spark the Kid in all of us.

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Kind of Blue
Flavor characteristics for this blend live in the superlative realm: very full bodied yet also with a crispness reflective of great coffee, perfectly balancing body, acidity and flavor. A very special light blend, with a backstory: We used to sell Jamaican Blue Mountain, about 12 years ago, back when it sold for a mere $50/LB on the street. We blended it with Sumatra, but always kept a few pounds "in the back" for anyone wanting to purchase the real thing, freshly roasted, for $35/LB. and we sold our share weekly. One day a regular JBM customer asked for some for a special occasion and, alas, we were fresh out of green, so we had none to sell him. "Then blend up something that tastes like Blue Mountain. I need it tonight." So, whereas all Coffee Exchange blends had been different combinations of light and dark roasted coffees, this time I looked for one light roasted coffee with pronounced body and another for crispness,a combination found in few origins, but is distinctive in Jamaican Blue Mountain. The regular came back the following day exclaiming: "That was Jamaican Blue Mountain! It was exceptional. Can you replicate it?" and so a blend was born. Later that year, we stopped purchasing JBM as part of our move to purchase only Fair Trade and Organic coffees, neither of which ever described JBM. And then in April, a regular, named Sean, standing at the bean counter, came up with the name, "Kind of Blue," the name of Jazz's best album, by Miles Davis, and a simultaneous reference to what many call the world's best-tasting coffee.

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Mel’s Private Stock (Decaffeinated)
During the late '70s, early '80s Mel, Rose, Charlie and Bill Fishbein were in another (cookware) business. We sold coffee by the bean, but there wasn't a whole lot of decaf available. All the decaf that was available seemed to taste like decaf. And Sanka. So with a couple of Chemex automatics, a half dozen clipboards, and a supply of what was available in Swiss Water Process decaffeinated coffees, Mel began blending coffee in his basement. The Goal: find a decaf that tasted like "REAL" coffee. The Result, (after five years of testing): Mel’s Private Stock - Decaffeinated™. Mel's has been our decaf house blend ever since, brewed daily 30 years at Coffee Exchange.

*(FTO) Fair Trade Organic

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Mocha Java
The “original” coffee blend combines Ethiopian Mocha - with its earthiness and lemony complexities - and Indonesian “java” - characterized by full body, big round straight-ahead mellow and fruity flavors - to form “a more perfect union,” the internationally famous and historically significant Mocha Java: rich, sweet, complex, earthy.

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