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Coffee Beer | Arco Etrusco Blend Stout

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By Pete Maskiell - Coffee beer, that exciting combination of craft beer and artisan coffee, has been percolating for decades, but no one blends those distinct flavors quite like Georgetown Brewing does. Still feeling skeptical about the pairing? May we introduce (or remind you) our first collaboration, the Gusto Crema Coffee Ale, won the gold medal in the coffee beer category at the 2016 Great American Brewing Festival. This is seriously good stuff! In keeping with the momentum of the success of the Gusto Crema Coffee Ale, the brewers at Georgetown Brewing wanted to create a breakfast stout using a...

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Introducing Our New Single Origin from Rwanda

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After cupping dozens of varietals from all over the world,  we are pleased to introduce our 2017 limited edition Mono Origine coffee from Rwanda. Grown in Rwanda’s northern province of Gekenke by the Rwanda Hingakawa Women’s Association, the Caffè Umbria team was inspired by both the flavor of the coffee and the hardworking women who produce it. We shared the story  of the growers and the region earlier this month, if you missed it.  Rwandan coffee is known for possessing a balance of bright and creamy notes, floral aromas and a medium acidity. This light roast perfectly embodies those characteristics,...

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Irish Press and Irish Cappuccino For St. Patrick's Day

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Did you know the original Irish coffee was conceived in the 1940s? While variations of coffee cocktails were around at least one hundred years earlier, it's rumored that chef Joe Sheridan first made the drink for a group of American travelers to warm them up on a particularly miserable winter night. When asked what the chef called the drink, he responded "Irish Coffee". Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle brought Irish coffee to the United States after drinking it at Shannon Airport, in Ireland. He worked with the Buena Vista Cafe in San Francisco where they began serving it...

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Coming Soon: Rwanda Single Origin Grown by Hingakawa Women's Association

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In honor of Women’s History Month, and International Women’s Day (March 8) we’re featuring the producers of our soon-to-be-released Single Origin coffee. Grown in the northern province of Gekenke, the Rwanda Hingawkawa is a premium lot grown by a group of women who have organized themselves as the Hingawkawa Women’s Association. In Kinyarwanda, Hingakawa means “let’s grow coffee”.   The Hingakawa Women's Association is part of the Abakundakawa Cooperative, a fair-trade farmers group whose name translates to “those who love coffee”, and produces some of the finest coffees in Rwanda. Established by 180 members in 2004, it has grown to almost...

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New Caffè Umbria Café Coming to SW Portland Spring 2017

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2017 is a year of growth for Caffè Umbria. We've been on the lookout for just the right buildings in just the right neighborhoods in several of our favorite cities. Last year when we learned the historic Sovereign Hotel in SW Portland was being restored, with space for retail on the first floor, we jumped at the chance to inhabit the beautiful space!

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