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Highwire Beer and Coffee Collaboration at Jupiter

Introducing Heraclitus!
We would love to announce a super exciting event going down on Tuesday February 10th!
To continue the collaborative effort we started with our POWERHOUSE SERIES Highwire Coffee and Drake's brewer Hal 9000 have teamed up on an inventive and exciting new brew called Heraclitus!
Come on down to Jupiter in Berkley at 3pm-6pm for an awesome meet and greet with Hal and Cody for the SF Beer Week crowd!
Heraclitus will be served in a flight with Drake's IPA and a very special batch of our Howling Wolf Nitro coffee that is brewed with 100% Ethiopia Kochere!
What's So Special About This Beer?
Heraclitus is a beer that represents where two craft industries are now. Rather than putting forward another coffee stout that tastes roasty and chocolatey, we decided to try something new.
This beer is an IPA.
We decided we didn't want the bottom heavy roastiness of coffee. What we wanted to highlight was the subtle nuances and aromatics of our favorite Ethiopian coffee.
We understood that adding coffee to the hot brewing process would just enhance an earthy and roasty flavor, so we instead opted to Dry Hop the beer with this coffee.
This way we would preserve aromatics and delicate flavor notes.
To go a step further, we hand selected hops and malts that would accentuate the flavors we loved about the coffee we selected.
Expect light and sweet flavors that go down nicely. The back end flavor is complimented by a pillowy mouthfeel as well as beautifully complex citrus and just a touch warm caramel. The idea was to not make a novelty beer, but an amazing IPA that could stand on it's own.
We think we knocked it out of the park.  Be at Jupiter in Berkeley Feb. 10th from 3-6pm to check it out.
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Free Shipping on All Orders Over $20!

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 

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JOYA GRANDE GUATEMALA starts this week!!!

           Here it is... Our newest coffee to our lineup. JOYA GRANDE! 

        Maple sweetness surrounds this chocolate coated malty texture.                                   

Name of Estate: JOYA GRANDE
Farm Owner: Austreberto Morel Hidalgo
 
GEOGRAPHY
Region: Huehuetenango (La Democracia)
Localization (area): 325 kms. WNW of Guatemala City
Altitude: 4,500 to 6,000 ft. above sea level (1,370 to 1,830 mts.)
 
COFFEE
Coffee varieties: Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
Quality: Fancy Strictly Hard Bean
Mill processes: Washed, naturally fermented, 100% SUN DRIED
Harvest season: January through April
 
FARM HISTORY
Finca Joya Grande was established in 1976. It started with a very small coffee plantation and all production 
had to be transported by horses. In 1984, the first roads were built in order to facilitate
access by 4WD vehicles. 
 
SUSTAINABLE ACTIVITIES
All coffee pulp resulting from the wet mill process is utilized as organic fertilizer. The
water springs inside the farm are protected with vast vegetation in order to preserve the
area and avoid contamination. The farm donates sufficient potable water from its main spring to approximately 25 families of the neighboring village (Chinabaj). The farm works under a strict shade grown policy and also has forest conservation areas that provide shelter to many native fauna a flora species.
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Fashion Make-Over 2013

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.

 

 

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Why "Highwire"?

Lately, as we've been meeting lots of new people unfamiliar with our company, I've been asked how we arrived at our name. My initial reaction is awkwardness, as the process was not glamorous or sophisticated.

Rich, Eric and I brainstormed for a VERY long time, coming up with lists of names that I'm too embarrassed to try and recall. We had several rules, such as "no puns about coffee, no misspelled wordz, and nothing that plays up the drug abuse angle of coffee or tea consumption". There was also the challenge of how to address our equal love of both coffee AND tea, but ultimately felt that was a dead end for us.

Those of you who know Rich (and to a slightly lesser extent, myself), know that he is a fan of things vintage. We started riffing off electronics and amps but veered way too close to our rule about caffeinated names. Then one day I was listening to some AC/DC at home and came across the tune "Live Wire". This had a ring to it, but was also deep into rule-breaker territory.

I was thinking about conversations Rich, Eric and I were having about roast, and our individual preferences. We felt that the pendulum of preference had swung too widely from deep, dark roasts that favor body and presence over origin character and brightness to the light roasts that showcase origin character and acidity but lack "guts" or body. We had long sought coffee that married both body and origin character. In other words, coffee that was balanced. That's where "Highwire" comes in.

And balance is what we try to achieve with almost all of our coffees (don't worry French Roast drinkers, we got you covered).

Cheers.

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