November 2015 Subscription Letter

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There’s no hiding this fact: we LOVE local partnerships. Since the birth of Tinker Coffee Co. just under a year ago (November 6th is our birthday!), we’ve had the honor and pleasure of working with some of the most interesting cafes, restaurants, breweries, markets, and artisans all over Indiana. The small business community here in Indy feels incredibly strong, and we love supporting other growing businesses as much as we can.

We wanted to share a special treat with you this month, so we’ve included a bar of handmade soap from Katie Hart of Hart’s Handmade. Katie stopped by the roaster pretty early on in our history and told us about an idea she had for a coffee-based soap, and after speaking with her for a few minutes we fell in love with the idea and wanted to help out in any way we could. That initial partnership has turned into a great lasting relationship, and Katie’s handmade soaps can now be found in shops and grocery stores all over town.

The idea behind Katie’s coffee soaps were to not only use the ground coffee as an exfoliant, but to also incorporate the aromatic profile of the coffee itself into the soap. As a result, the Ethiopian coffee soap contains orange zest to match the bright citrus notes, and the Mexican coffee soap incorporates an earth patchouli to match the chocolatey notes of those beans.

To learn more about some of our other partnerships, please check out the following page on our website:

www.tinkercoffee.com/our-partners

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This month’s coffees are brand spankin’ new and we couldn’t be happier to finally have them roasted and ready. The first coffee comes to us from the Arevalo family of the La Flor del Cafe farm in Cajamarca, Peru. We purchased our first Peruvian coffee last year and have been dying to have them back in season so we could buy more. The coffee has a wonderful hazelnut and cocoa profile that reminds us of tiramisu. We also tasted some honeydew melon in the cup that provides exceptional balance.

Another new coffee this month is an exceptional lot from Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia. This washed coffee is incredibly aromatic. Take some time to enjoy it ground before you brew!! We got delicate notes of cherry and lavender with a black tea finish. We sampled over 20 Ethiopian coffees before finding and buying this one and couldn’t be happier with the result.