Good Coffee, Doing Good
Hemisphere Coffee Roasters Hunter’s Blend
IF YOU TAKE HUNTING, FISHING AND OTHER OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES SERIOUSLY, then you know that attentiveness is perhaps the most important attribute you can have. Invariably, we hunters are known to sleep lightly (or not at all) the night before a highly anticipated hunting or fishing outing. Granted, that anticipation plummets when 9 a.m. arrives and we haven’t yet seen a deer or felt a strike. Suddenly, a snooze sounds more appealing than watching for deer or a bobber to disappear beneath the surface. But, what if that drowsiness costs you the opportunity of a lifetime?
I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to risk missing out on the buck of my dreams due to poor sleep or lost enthusiasm. Fortunately, Hemisphere Coffee Roasters has just the solution. It’s called Hunter’s Blend coffee, and each bag is aptly stamped with the phrase, “Awaken the Hunt.”
Coffee With a Purpose
While combing aisles at a recent outdoor trade show, I happened upon Hemisphere Coffee Roasters’ booth, manned by Paul and Grace Kurtz. As I sipped a sample, Kurtz said, “Hunter’s Blend is a coffee that will wake you up, but not slap you in the face.”
I’m passionate about coffee, and after visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Kurtz, and getting a few bags of their product, I walked away with a whole new appreciation for coffee.
Most coffee beans are grown in foreign countries, changing hands multiple times before reaching the United States. Each hand it touches must make a profit, so the coffee-bean growers in poverty-stricken communities make very little money, though they’re the ones doing the hard labor.
Hemisphere Coffee Roasters does things differently. It imports beans directly from Diego Chavarria farm just outside Matagalpa, Nicaragua, for its Hunter’s Blend coffee. This helps the community thrive, and gets coffee on shelves and in your cup faster without changing hands multiple times over many months.
Hemisphere also uses medium-roast coffee beans directly from the Akha Tribe in northern Thailand. This coffee has “snappier” notes, and it’s endorsed by professional hunters Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo.
The Anatomy of Good Coffee
I drink coffee for its taste more than its caffeine jolt, so I appreciate a great, fresh-tasting coffee. Again, because Hemisphere imports directly from coffee growers, its coffee reaches the U.S. faster. Each time I brew a cup of Hunter’s Blend, I’m reminded just how fresh coffee can and should taste.
Kurtz said that while Hunter’s Blend is good anytime, it reacts in a way that benefits hunters or other outdoorspeople who’re active early in the morning. “I wanted Hunter’s Blend to have a dark note, but with a lively acidity,” Kurtz said. “So, we roast it to dark.” The roasting procedures are done correctly, delivering off-the-charts flavor.
Location is another reason why Hemisphere’s coffee tastes phenomenal. It imports from locales like the highlands of Peru, Kenya, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nicaragua and Guatemala. Growing conditions are paramount to a great-tasting finished product, and these places offer them.
This fact may surprise you: Every bean is handpicked by real people. In fact, approximately 25 million families make their living by producing coffee. Hemisphere Coffee Roasters strives to help as many of these families as possible. No, it doesn’t give families free handouts. Instead, it focuses intensely on a real grower-to-seller business model known as direct-trade. Instead of a short-term poverty solution, growers are benefiting from their hard labor throughout the long term.
Before reading this review, perhaps you didn’t realize what goes into every cup of coffee you drink. Now that you know, consider buying your coffee from Hemisphere Coffee Roasters. It’s the finest-tasting coffee I’ve had, and the people in foreign countries working tirelessly to scratch out a living will benefit from your purchase. Plus, you’ll be wide awake when that big buck rolls into your sights!