January 29, 2018

We Are Force Majeure

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This weekend, coffee professionals from across the country will descend upon New Orleans to take part of one of the specialty coffee industry’s most visible and prestigious events. Aptly called CoffeeChamps, the event will be highlighted by several competitions that test the talents of coffee professionals in several key disciplines – Barista Competition, Brewers Cup, Cup Tasters and Roaster Competition.

Competitors at CoffeeChamps, including several from New Orleans, will be vying for a spot in the U.S. Coffee Championships later this year, with the eventual winner representing the United States during the world competitions. As a regional qualifying site, it’s an incredible honor for New Orleans to host CoffeeChamps. With our growing specialty coffee scene, this weekend presents an opportunity to showcase the excellent work of local baristas, roasters and an array of coffee retailers that are elevating the craft.

We’re proud of the slate of local coffee folks who will be participating in CoffeeChamps, and excited to see friends from around the country take part in this event. But with CoffeeChamps coming up this weekend, we’re compelled to discuss an issue that has galvanized much of the coffee community in recent months. We hope to provide insight and context in this blog post, but welcome any feedback at info@mammothespresso.com.

The Specialty Coffee Association and the Deferred Candidacy Policy

As the world’s largest trade group for coffee professionals, the Specialty Coffee Association has a tremendous responsibility to impact industry standards, further education, promote professional resources and conduct events, including regional, national and global competitions. In September 2017, in an announcement that surprised and dismayed many, SCA awarded three of its top competitions – 2018 World Brewers Cup, World Cup Tasters Championship and World Coffee Roasting Championship – to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

UAE is a country with a long history of abuse and mistreatment of members of the LGBTQ community. With this decision, the SCA forced coffee professionals – including competitors, volunteers, judges and its own staff members – to question whether they should put their personal safety at risk for the sake of participation. The decision also calls into question the priorities of the association, and where  the wellbeing of coffee professional lies among them.

After the September decision, there was a considerable amount of pushback from individuals, businesses and partners of the SCA. In response, the SCA board of directors convened a meeting to consider their position, and ultimately released its Deferred Candidacy Policy, which aims “to protect competitors who may be prevented from participating in a world championship event due to nationality, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity/orientation, health, bereavement or force majeure.” The solution, the SCA believes, is to allow competitors to elect to defer their participation until the 2019 world coffee event.

Under the deferred candidacy policy, competitors must petition the SCA and the world coffee events advisory council regarding the circumstances that prohibit their participation. It is our belief that no individual should be required to out themselves to a professional trade group or provide this manner of “proof” as a condition of their participation. We believe this policy is exclusionary and reflects an association that ignores the interests of its members.  

We Are Force Majeure

As a company that supports wholeheartedly the rights, respect and access of individuals in the LGBTQ community, as well as the professional development of coffee professionals, we are saddened by the recent actions of the SCA, and feel compelled to speak out against them. We stand in solidarity with those who disagree with the SCA’s decision and policy, and support efforts to expand conversations on inclusiveness in our communities.

In the coming days you may notice people in coffee shops in New Orleans, including Mammoth Espresso, wearing solidarity pins. These pins are part of a campaign intended to foster a sense of community at coffee events, and serve as a means to protest the decisions of SCA while supporting coffee professionals who may be participating in these events.

The campaign is called We Are Force Majeure, which was inspired by a line included in the SCA’s deferred candidacy policy. Force Majeure refers to an irresistible compulsion or greater force. Mammoth Espresso has requested a small lot of the enamel pins that it will provide, free of charge, to coffee professionals who wish to show their solidarity as CoffeeChamps comes to New Orleans. If you are a coffee professional and would like to wear a pin, please send an e-mail to info@mammothespresso.com.

Lastly, we’d like to thank Sarah Rice Scott, Lenora Yerkes and Dawn Shanks, three DC-based coffee professionals, for starting the We Are Force Majeure campaign.

In Solidarity,
Jonathan and Darlene Riethmaier
Mammoth Espresso

#WeAreForceMajeure

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Mammoth Espresso has teamed up with Louisiana craft brewer, Great Raft Brewing, to release a special cask beer, available for one day only at Company Burger Downtown. The beer, Creature of Habit, is an imperial brown ale that was brewed with our Mammoth Collaboration coffee. It will be available on cask at Company Burger Downtown on December 21. Don’t miss out – this exclusive beer is available for one night only!

About the Coffee

Mammoth Collaboration is a seasonal offering produced by Mammoth Espresso and our roasting partner, Madcap Coffee. The components of this coffee change throughout the year to showcase seasonal coffees at their best. The current blend is comprised of coffees from El Porvenir, El Salvador, and Pitalito, Colombia (Typica, Caturra and Bourbon varietals). This coffee is super sweet and syrupy with notes of chocolate and citrus.

About Great Raft Brewing

One of Louisiana’s premier craft brewers, Great Raft Brewing consistently produces stellar beers brewed with creativity, passion and authenticity. Great Raft was founded in 2012 and is located in Shreveport, La. Great Raft beers can be found at a number of the best bars in New Orleans, as well as area retailers.

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Mammoth Collab 2.0

Version 2.0 of our Mammoth Collaboration coffee is here! This exclusive coffee was sourced and roasted by Madcap Coffee for Mammoth Espresso. Through the collaboration project, we aim to highlight exceptional seasonal coffees that are vibrant, complex and full of life – befitting the City of New Orleans.

Mammoth Collaboration version 2.0 features a blend of two excellent, winter-weather coffees – El Porvenir, El Salvador, and Pitalito, Colombia. This coffee contains Typica, Caturra and Bourbon varieties, and has a deep, rich and syrupy complexion with notes of chocolate and citrus.   

Stop by the shop and try this great coffee, and pick up a bag for home or office brewing.

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We’re stoked to be partnering with Farang Khao Kang for a special Thai food pop up inside Mammoth Espresso. Make plans to join us on Sunday, November 12, from 12-3 pm, and enjoy a selection of Thai dishes alongside specialty Thai coffee and tea drinks.

Farang Khao Kang is the foodie creation of Mike Hartnett, who’ll serve up dishes including tamarind relish, meatball curry and winter melon curry. Mammoth Espresso will also feature Thai-inspired beverages, including Thai tea and kafe ron to complement these dishes.

Cash and credit cards will be accepted.

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Calling all tea heads and tasty beverage enthusiasts, Mammoth Espresso is hosting a complimentary tea tasting all afternoon on Tuesday, November 7. Stop by the shop between 12 –  5 pm and grab a cup of tea and a friendly convo from Mike Ortiz, owner of the stellar tea company Jojo Tea in Miami, Fla.

Jojo Tea is driven to create an American tea revolution, and Mike will be brewing up several of their finest offerings. Jojo has been an important partner of Mammoth Espresso since we opened our doors in March of 2016, and we’re proud to host this complimentary tasting event.

No RSVP is required, but you can find the Facebook event here as a helpful reminder.

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In light of recent natural disasters, Mammoth Espresso would like to assist the relief and recovery efforts of communities in Texas and Florida. Please join us this week as we raise funds for hurricane relief for people and animals in the affected areas.

We’re calling it Mammoth’s “A Latte Love” fundraiser. The proceeds from all lattes sold between Monday, September 18, and Friday, September 22, will go toward relief efforts for people and animals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

All proceeds will be donated to the following relief organizations: Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, SPCA of Texas and SPCA of Florida. Eligible drinks include hot or iced lattes or variations thereof (mocha, cardamom latte, vanilla latte, etc.).

Visitors to Mammoth Espresso  may also make a contribution to relief efforts without purchasing a latte. Just let your barista know you’d like to give $1 (or any amount) to support this fundraiser.

Thank you for your support. Please send an email to info@mammothespresso.com with questions or other inquiries. 

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August 21, 2017

We’re Hiring, Ya’ll

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Mammoth Espresso is a quality-driven coffee shop in the Warehouse District of New Orleans. We are currently accepting applications from amazing humans interested in preparing and serving espresso, coffee and tea. The available position (at this time) is for part time employment, approximately 20-25 hours per week.

The ideal candidate possesses the following attributes:

  • Smiles effortlessly and enjoys greeting customers
  • Drinks coffee and wants to learn more about it
  • Holds high standards for quality and timeliness
  • Works well in teams and can be professional at all times
  • Desires to learn and is open to constructive feedback
  • Seeks a positive and nurturing work environment

The coffee business can be fast-paced and require you to handle multiple tasks and the occasional persnickety customer. To thrive in this position you’ll need to remain unfrazzled and enjoy the bustle inherent to the barista profession. Be a true professional and a reliable team member and we’ll have some fun together slinging some of the best coffee in New Orleans.

Express interest via e-mail at info@mammothespresso.com.

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Mammoth Espresso has released the first coffee under a collaborative effort with our roasting partner, Madcap Coffee. Through the Mammoth Collaboration project we will highlight exceptional seasonal coffees that are vibrant, complex and full of life – befitting the City of New Orleans. The first release – version 1.0 – is available now in the shop. We’ll periodically update the featured coffee under the Mammoth Collaboration label to bring you something new and exciting throughout the year.

The first Mammoth Collaboration release features a blend of two beautiful Ethiopian coffees: 2/3 Ethiopian Reko and 1/3 Ethiopia Ardi. Reko is a washed process coffee from Kochere, Yirgacheffe, while Ardi is a dry processed coffee from Guji in southern Sidama. Together, these stunning coffees offer a vibrant, sweet cup and big berry fruit tones and a creamy body.

Stop by Mammoth Espresso to try this Mammoth Collaboration, which is served as hot or iced coffee and available in our rotation of featured espressos. We also have plenty of 12 oz retail bags for your home or office brewing.

Cheers ya’ll!

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It’s craft beer week, and tonight we’re celebrating with a special collaboration between Mammoth Espresso and Founders Brewing. Come join us at Ale on Oak tonight at 7 pm to wet your whistle with a tasting flight featuring Founders’ Backwoods Bastard and a special cold brew prepared by Mammoth Espresso. The flight consists of a pour of Backwoods Bastard, a Rwandan cold brew and a blend of the two.

Backwoods Bastard is a barrel aged ale with heavy aromatics of oaky bourbon barrel and roasted malt. It features notes of scotch, vanilla and subtle hints of cola, orange liqueur and nutmeg. The Rwanda cold brew Mammoth Espresso has prepared is roasted by Madcap Coffee and boasts big chocolate aromatics and a heavy dose of milk chocolate and caramel balanced by notes of stone fruit, fresh tomato and a buttery mouthfeel.

When blended together, the cold brew/ale pairing exhibits the same oaky bourbon aromatics, with notes of chocolate cream soda, dark spiced rum and a crisp Fuji apple finish. Tonight’s pouring flight is the perfect opportunity for craft coffee and beer lovers to unite!

Founders Brewing & Mammoth Espresso
Wednesday, March 17 @ Ale on Oak
7-9 pm

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EXTENDED-HOURS

Effective immediately, we’re extending our business hours until 5 pm Monday through Friday. The change is a reflection of the feedback we’ve received over the past several months from our great customers here in New Orleans. No longer will you be denied your espresso, coffee or tea fix to get you through the work day! No longer will you have to pack up your laptop before work is done, or end your coffee date prematurely. We’re here for you!

We’ll continue to operate 7 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

 

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