We are very pleased to announce that next week and for a limited time we will be offering some new coffees from a different roaster: Tim Wendelboe.
Tim Wendelboe is an Oslo, Norway based micro-roaster, coffeebar, training center, AND a person (World Barista Champion 2004). Similarly to Intelligentsia, Tim Wendelboe travels to origin and works alongside quality-minded coffee producers in order to source the best coffees in the world. I’ve shared a couple videos on our Tumblr detailing some of the work they have done in Kenya and Colombia. Also like Intelligentsia, their coffee buying process is transparent with the goal of rewarding quality coffee production with high prices. As Mr. Wendelboe likes to say, quality costs more. Tim Wendelboe has also become famous in the coffee world for the way they roast their coffee. In their words regarding “Light Roast Coffees”:
We wish to preserve and enhance as much of the natural coffee flavours as possible so that you will be able to taste the distinct flavours that is unique to each coffee we import. Therefore we roast our coffees very carefully in order not to cover our coffees with roasty or burned aromas from darker roasts and at the same time stay away from the undeveloped and sour acidity from too light roast.
I have admired their work for the past several years but I hadn’t had the opportunity to taste their coffee until they implemented international shipping. They were kind enough to send along samples from Finca Tamana, Colombia and Tekangu, Kenya. Today they are shipping 25kg to us that we expect to receive on Monday. Shipping roasted coffee from Oslo to Pittsburgh is not inexpensive, so there will be a small and temporary increase in prices on drinks while these coffees are offered.
So I hope I’ve provided a good explanation of why we’ve added Tim Wendelboe to our offerings. They are not replacing Intelligentsia, but rather they complement the delicious coffees we get from Chicago every week. If all goes well we will place future orders.
A very popular buzzword in coffee or food these days is “LOCAL”. We are encouraged to buy locally produced goods. Coffee that is roasted across the Atlantic Ocean would not qualify as “local coffee” in most people’s minds, but remember that all coffee is grown/produced in the tropics… far from the Strip District of Pittsburgh. Coffee that is produced in Kenya or Colombia for example makes a journey to a coffee roaster and from there to a coffee bar. The last leg of this coffee’s journey is a bit longer than usual, but it is travelling to YOUR local coffee shop. We here at 21st Street Coffee and Tea are committed and delighted to offer you the best coffees we can get into our hands. We hope you enjoy them!
Co-founder, 21st Street Coffee and Tea