Indah Ethiopian: my new coffee love, roasted in Columbia, SC
I've been wanting to try the coffee that they roast on-site each Saturday morning at the All Local Farmer's Market at 711 Whaley in downtown Columbia, SC.
Indah Coffee Co.'s whole beans on my way out yesterday!
Anyway. THIS COFFEE IS FLIPPIN' AMAZING. Roasty, toasty, nutty, s'mores-y with the teensiest, weensiest ting! of anise. It's my new jam.
(Indah doesn't sell brewed coffee at the market, though.
The Gervais and Vine guys take care of that, along with their AMAZING $5 plates of brunch treats like smoked gouda & arugula strata, and gorgonzola hash browns.
Anyone know what kind of coffee they brew?)
|image courtesy Immaculate Consumption|
But why, why why why why doesn't the Immac offer half and half as a coffee fixin? I'm one of those weirdos for whom milk in coffee tastes insipid, weak, and horrible. Why no half and half? (I know. I'm being a whiny-baby. But still. Half and half? Please?)
I have recently fallen in love again with the Immac in general, since my business partner Debi and I have been scheduling a lot of client and intern meetings there due to its indie vibe, warm feel, spacious tables, and fabu location right by the SC State house.
Oh -- and it's probably time to mention this fabulous new development: Debi Schadel and I are now partners in an events and PR/marketing/social media firm!
Flock and Rally: Events + Communications for a Brave New South. Mega excited about our current mutual and individual clients and their projects, including the following:
- Managing the venue rentals for City Roots Urban Sustainable Farm & Reception Hall
- PR, marketing + social media for Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels and Corley Mill Catering
- Event coordination for 701 Center for Contemporary Art
- Events Management for the Columbia, SC chapter of Slow Food USA, including the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival, July 17, 2011 at City Roots
- NAMI Mid-Carolina's annual NAMIWalks 5k walk on April 30, 2011
- The Spring Valley Education Foundation's 25th Annual Auction on Feb. 26, 2011
- PR + social media for The SC Small Business Chamber of Commerce + their BuySC directory + campaign
- The Nickelodeon Theatre's Oscar party Feb 27, and the Slow Food kickoff party for the 6th annual Indie Grits Festival on April 13, 2011 at 711 Whaley
- TurnHere Internet Video voiceover scripts for clients like Caesars Entertainment, Hilton + AOL
- Flowers for Motor Supply Company Bistro
- Website content + naming for Food Wisdom Rx
- Website for Patricia Feigley, MSW
- Event marketing + logistics with The Shop Tart for Jess James' Style Swap Columbia, March 16, 2011 at MoMo's Bistro
- Features for Spa Magazine
- Articles for the Free Times
Anyhoo, back to coffee tawk.
Larry's Beans (from North Carolina).
Both Larry's Beans and Immaculate Consumption coffee are available at Columbia's best independently owned source for organic, local produce; fabu wild salmon, shrimp burgers, macrobiotic, gluten-free and vegan deli items; bulk tofu, seaweed, spices, nuts and grains:
I don't know if Indah's coffee is fair trade or organic, and their website doesn't say. I'll find out next time I see them at the market!
I can tell you that another local roaster of delicious coffee, Iron Brew Coffee out of Blythewood, SC, *does* go the fair trade route. In fact, they import directly from farmers they know in the Cerrado region of Brazil's central highlands.
|image courtesy Iron Brew Coffee|
Matt informed me that light roast coffee has more caffeine than dark roast. Did you know that? I didn't know that! Crazy!
But really good to know. I have been feeling rather peppy in the mornings after having a couple of cups of the Iron Brew Breakfast Roast, a light roast coffee. Ha!
There's another fabu locally roasted coffee that cannot go without mention: organic, free trade Cashua Coffee! The Shop Tart loves her some Cashua Coffee, and they will bring beans to your house if you ask real nice. How cool is that?
I like Cashua, but I have trouble finding anything but a dark roast from that line. I am a medium roast kinda lady.
In fact, in their lingo, it means MEDIUM ROAST! Am I stoked? Yes I am. Why? Cause their Ethiopian coffee is, to quote The Shop Tart's VP of Accounts, Carlie Gardner Flowers, "off the chain." I am drinking it right now, in fact, and it is influencing the many exclamation!! points I am using.]
Speaking of medium roast, that's what my new favorite coffee is. Indah Coffee Co's Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. I'm going to go and make another cup. Right now.