Feb 16 2012

photoThis year Portland will host the Specialty Coffee Association of America's Annual Convention. As we at McMenamins Coffee Roasters are preparing to participate in this important and exciting event, an opportunity presents itself to discuss the label "specialty coffee."

For a coffee to be designated "specialty," it must be rated 80 or above on the Specialty Coffee of America's scale of one to 100. This rating system looks for any defects as well evaluating the color, moisture content, aroma and a variety of other criteria that pertain to the overall quality of the bean. Beyond this however, the term refers to an entire industry focused on high-quality coffee where all aspects of production are constantly being improved upon.

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Feb 16 2012

Our mild climate allows the transition toward a brighter season to begin early.  Spring in our gardens begins in January. There are a surprising array of flowers quite willing to bloom while pummeled by rain and sleet, buried by snow, whipped by dry east winds, and frozen solid.

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