RSC Welcomes our next guest coffee: Heart Roasters
by Ariela Rose, RSC Barista, coffee and food aficionado
It’s a rainy day here in Boston, which makes me think of Portland, which makes my mind wander to thoughts of coffee...as most things do. There’s no denying that the north west has a reputation for churning out great beans and our latest guest roaster, Heart, is certainly a contributor to that. Some of you may remember Heart when we featured them as a guest roaster a little over two years ago. We’ve decided to rekindle our love, and get to know the plethora of new coffees that Heart is roasting up these days.
For those not familiar with this roaster and its poetic name, Heart is a cafe and roastery located on the eastside of Portland and owned by Scandinavian-born Wille Yli-Luoma. The operation has been up and running for the past four years, managed by Yi-Luoma, his wife Rebekah and a team of baristas, roasters, and multi-hat-wearing assistants.
We like Heart and chose to serve their coffee to you for a variety of reasons. For one, we love the taste of their coffee. Each of the samples that were sent to the Cafe, carefully wrapped in pristine, white, biodegradable bags left us lingering over the smooth, but complex cups. We tasted them as pourovers and Chemex, pulled shots of the Stereo espresso, and even smuggled our favorites home for day-off cups made via Aeropress. Simply put, these coffees went through the ringer and we really enjoyed each Colombian, Ethiopian, Guatemalan, and blend.
Another reason we like Heart is because of their dedication to conscious, responsible sourcing. In fact, Heart recently posted a short video on their blog that highlights just this. The video, Here is Your Cup of Coffee, is a lovely look at the farm to cup process via El Diamante, a coffee farm in Guatemala. It truly captures the entire process from picking to washing, sorting to drying, roasting to cupping...a careful step by step system that demonstrates Heart’s commitment to quality.
We’re excited to give you the chance to taste what Heart has to offer. Stop by the cafe this Monday, June 10th for your first taste, and make sure to come by often as our offerings from Heart will change frequently throughout their four month guest spot.
For more on Heart, visit their website, where you can browse the blog to learn more about their seasonal offerings, and farm-to-cup relationships.