Heart of the Dragon
Picked before the early April Qingming festival, celebrating the vibrancy of Spring, Heart of the Dragon is produced from one day’s harvest grown by a single farmer in Fuchunjiang, Zhejiang Province. It’s in this province where the myth of the Dragonwell was born.
Legend has it, that a village in Zhejiang was suffering through a drought. A priest instructed the villagers to pray to the dragon that lived in a nearby well. They did, the rains came and the village changed its name and its tea to Longjing, or Dragonwell.
Dragonwell is now one of the 10 famous teas of China, but the quality and authenticity of teas sold under this name vary wildly. Location, season, selective plucking and tea-making skill all determine quality. High quality Dragonwell teas are harvested by hand early in the season and expertly pan fried to press the leaves and stop oxidation. The leaves appear uniformly tight and flat, light to dark green in color. The steeped leaves are uniformly light green in color and plump. The aroma is fresh, complex and enticing.
Every year I seek samples of fresh Dragonwell, and unfortunately I've become accustomed to disappointment. Increasing demand for Dragonwell, regardless of quality, has driven up prices and made it more difficult to obtain great examples. Fortunately, 2015 was different. This tiny handmade lot is the best I’ve tasted in years. It’s so good, I had to share it!
The leaves were picked on April 2nd and the tea was made that day by Mr. Huang, a highly skilled local farmer. My source David Lee Hoffman bought the tea on site and brought it along with other select samples on the flight home. When I tasted this tea, I was immediately struck by the fullness, complexity and completeness of the cup. I love it for its rich buttery mouthfeel and its flavor of sweet summer corn and heady hints of sage.
I secured a limited quantity of this special tea and will not be able to get any more, so try it before it’s gone.
Happy holiday weekend to everyone celebrating Independence Day this Saturday and Sunday! We hope your weekend is full of fun activities with family & friends. If you plan on visiting Highwire this weekend, here is a rundown of our holiday hours by location:
Goodbye Rwanda Coproca! Hello Tanzania Tarime!
We have roasted the last of our Rwanda Coproca, but don't be sad! We have a new amazing African coffee on it's way! The Tanzania Tarime comes to us from the Mara region of Tanzania.This coffee comes from elevations as high as 2,000 MASL (meters above sea level).
Higher elevation coffees have a slower maturation on the plant, which leads to more complex flavors and more elusive sweetness. These farms that cotnribute to Tarime are all small holding farms, they only have between .5-3 hectares. 1 Hectare is 2.5 Acres
Tarime is located in the northwest of the Serengeti National Park and south of the Kenyan border. The soil in the region is one of the best for coffee production in Tanzania. Coffee is Sundried. The excellent rainfall, rich soils, steep hills, and different microclimates are favorable characteristics for the production of coffee in the region.
First roast of the Tarime begins Monday, April 20th!
Barista Magazine, for those who don't know (and yes, there is a whole magazine dedicated to Barista antics) is kind of a big deal in our industry. We were super stoked when we heard they wanted to feature nitro brewed coffee for the February-March issue and immediately reached out with our own version of nitro brew, The Howling Wolf.
Click here to read the article where the Howling Wolf is featured and Highwire Coffee Roasters is noted as one of the few roasters around the country who are on the forefront of the Nitro Brew scene.
Thanks to Tony Serrano and Cody Gordon, both who were interviewed in the article and our own, Chelsea Dier who shot the Highwire photos for Barista Magazine.
And if you STILL haven't tried The Howling Wolf, get over to our cafe on 5655 College Ave, 2049 San Pablo Ave or Cafe Underwood on 41st and Broadway.
Silver Bud Pu-erh was picked as a raw white tea on Big Snow Mountain (Da Xue Shan) in 2003 from the Yunnan Province in China, and brought back to Lagunitas, California where it was further processed and refined by David Lee Hoffman. Aged 12 years in his climate controlled pu-erh cave, this tea has us captivated and surprised at what pu-erh can be.
Get ready for notes of dried apricot, honey and pine.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to everyone who ordered our coffee, tea and other merchandise on highwirecoffee.com in 2014!
We dedicated 2014 as The Year of Free Shipping and shipped over 600 orders with no additional shipping charges.
We hope that this helped, in some small way, anyone who enjoys our coffees and teas at home here, in the Bay Area, and around the country.
As much as we would love to continue free shipping on all items, it just isn’t sustainable year after year. However, we are still offering free shipping on any and all items over $20. We sincerely appreciate your business and hope 2015 has wonderful things ahead!
Thanks so much,
--The Highwire Crew
Here it is... Our newest coffee to our lineup. JOYA GRANDE!
Maple sweetness surrounds this chocolate coated malty texture.
As the end of this year approaches, we want to say goodbye to 2013 with style. We have new retail bags to contain our precious coffee seeds and new serve ware to espress(o) ourselves.
Katie and I saying goodbye to the old packaging. So bittersweet.
Katie, bad ass barista and charming individual, and myself have finally finished HIGHWIRE'S new sixteen ounce coffee packaging and graphics. Now, all of our blends have an individual graphic identity along with a new single origin design. In our eyes, doing this work in house continues to capture the spirit of Oakland based business. Starting from scratch with a DIY approach to create a product that truly reflects who we are as a coffee company. Check out the website to peek at the new designs. PS... We are currently offering free shipping with all online orders!!! Or, come to the cafe to see for yourself.
Robert Myers, co-owner / co-founder of HIGHWIRE COFFEE ROASTERS, has also taken a huge step with upgrading our serve ware. We all agree that Heath Ceramics not only has an incredible look and feel, but better represents our coffee. Is there a better vessel in which to serve our hearty coffees? NOPE.