In the Asheville coffee scene, there is a new kid on the block: Cooperative Coffee Roasters. While I didn’t get a chance to try them out as quickly as I wanted to, I finally was able to brew up their new release: Halo Hartume.
Name: Halo Hartume Process: Washed Origin: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia Tasting Notes: Hibiscus, Lime, Honeydew, Melon
As I was thoroughly excited about dialing in this coffee…I brewed it on the Chemex, Aeropress, V60, Kalita, and Siphon and came up with a lot of different flavors. While I didn’t have a bad experience with this coffee on any of the brewing devices, on the v60 and Chemex I was especially able to come up with an extremely clean cup with distinct clarity in flavors. One of the coolest things for me was just how accurate I felt the cupping notes were for these beans. For me at least, I found the Honeydew taste to be the most prevalent attribute to this coffee. To explain how accurate it was: my wife even pointed out that this coffee had the aroma of melon without her knowing that melon was one of the tasting notes.
The first time I brewed this coffee I could not help but smile without end the entire time I drank it. Maybe it was because of the acidity…however, it also could have been due to how surprising and clean it was. If you are looking for distinct clarity and vibrant flavor notes, I would definitely recommend trying out Halo Hartume by Cooperative Coffee Roasters. Really though…if Halo Hartume was this good…you could be safe to try anything by them and I’m sure it would be stellar.
Cooperative Coffee Roasters started roasting out of Asheville NC in July 2019 and has already gained some serious momentum in the local coffee market within its first few months. Prior to roasting, Matt (the owner) worked for 15 years in the coffee industry as a barista, shop manager, and wholesale representative. Here is a little bit about Cooperative Coffee Roasters from Matt:
At Cooperative Coffee Roasters, our work is to connect people to delicious and sustainable coffees by acting responsibly in a healthy supply chain. We pay farmers profitable wages for their coffees. We roast these coffees with skilled attention given to each specific origin, variety, and processing. We give our customers broad and diverse choices in the lots we select and in the roasting style of these offerings. We believe that coffee is at its best when it’s sweet, bright, and clean. These quality principles, taken in the broader context of holistic sustainability, guide the choices we make when sourcing and approaching the roast profile of our coffees.
To learn more, check them out at cooperativecoffeeroasters.com