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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March 29, 2017

Spring is in the Air

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Spring is all around us and it’s a lively time to be in New Orleans … the festivals, the crawfish, the sunshine! To celebrate we’ve introduced a new seasonal blend to the pour over menu – Spring Fling! This blend captures the vibrancy and liveliness of two of our favorite coffees – Kanzu (Rwanda) and Galeras (Colombia) – which together create a spirited, sparkling coffee with floral notes and hints of peach, berries and light honey.

We’re also debuting Inza, a beautiful Colombian coffee with a sugarcane sweetness, notes of plum and a juicy mouthfeel. Our full coffee lineup is below. As always, we’ll also rotate through each of these coffees on the espresso bar!

Spring Fling (Blend)
Peach, raspberry, delicate and floral
Blend: Kanzu, Rwanda, and Galeras, Colombia
Variety: Bourbon, Caturra and Castillo

Inza (Colombia)
Floral, juicy, sugarcane and plum
Region: Inza, Cauca
Variety: Typica and Caturra

Galeras (Colombia)
Floral, cherry juice, apricot and tea
Region: Pasto, Narino
Variety: Caturra and Castillo

Lucas Melo (Colombia)
Tropical fruit, sugarcane, syrupy and mixed berries
Region: El Tambo, Narino
Variety: Caturra and Castillo

Kanzu (Rwanda)
Sweet, stone fruit, tomato jam and spice
Region: Nyamasheke
Variety: Bourbon

All coffees are roasted with love by our friends at Madcap Coffee.

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In spring 2016 we introduced San Sebastian here at Mammoth Espresso and it was an immediate crowd pleaser. We’re happy to share this new harvest from Huila, Colombia, with you. Look for notes of milk chocolate, cherry, citrus and subtle jasmine in this balanced, crisp coffee. San Sebastian also makes an excellent iced coffee and we’ll have it routinely as our featured espresso.

Roasted by Madcap Coffee, San Sebastian is the product of small shareholders around the town of La Plata in Huila, a famed coffee producing region in southwest Colombia. San Sebastian is comprised of 30 lots of the nearly one thousand evaluated to make this exceptionally selective coffee. The area surrounding La Plata is ideal for coffee production, with high elevations, plenty of rainfall and cool temperatures.

The farmers in La Plata are also assisted by the Asociacion de Productores de Cafe de Alta Calidad del Occidente del Huila (OCCICAFE), which helps to build skills and knowledge that lead to long term sustainability within this coffee community. By working with OCCICAFE, the farmers of La Plata have seen greater yields and higher quality, which, in turn, leads to a higher market value for their coffee.

Here’s a look at our full coffee lineup:

San Sebastian (Colombia)
Crisp, floral, citrus and balanced
Region: La Plata, Huila
Variety: Caturra and Bourbon

Kiryama (Burundi)
Sweet, plum, blackberry and lavender
Region: Kayanza
Variety: Bourbon, Jackson and Mibirizi

Kanzu (Rwanda)
Sweet, stone fruit, tomato jam and spice
Region: Nyamasheke
Variety: Bourbon

Galeras (Colombia)
Floral, cherry juice, apricot and tea
Region: Pasto, Narino
Variety: Caturra and Castillo

Lucas Melo (Colombia)
Tropical fruit, sugar cane, syrupy and berries
Region: El Tambo, Narino
Variety: Caturra and Castillo

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January 18, 2017

Introducing Kiryama

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We’re excited to introduce Kiryama, a beautiful coffee from roughly 3,500 small landowners in Butaganzwa, Kayanza, in North Central Burundi. Kiryama is comprised of Bourbon and Bourbon-derived varietals (Jackson, Mibirizi) that predominate the coffee production in Burundi. The variety, along with the terrior of the area, produces a sweet cup, and the meticulous processing results in a super clean profile.

Kiryama (Burundi)
Plum, blackberry and lavender
Region: Kayanza
Variety: Bourbon, Jackson and Mibirizi

Coffees from Burundi have received much acclaim in recent years. A relatively small country located just south of Rwanda, Burundi’s primary export is coffee production. In the past decade the strides of Burundi in specialty coffee production have been outstanding, and this coffee roasted by Madcap Coffee Co. is no exception. We’ll have Kiryama around for a short time and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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December 28, 2016

Our Current Coffee Lineup

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We’re happy to share such a terrific lineup of coffees with you. Fresh crop Colombians are just starting to roll in, and this Galeras was one of our most popular coffees last season. We have two beautiful Ethiopian coffees, Reko and Yukro, boasting sweet lime and lemon notes, respectively. Nelson Moreno and Karinga are two all-around fantastic coffees, with Nelson Moreno being fuller, sweeter and with big chocolate presence, and Karinga with juicy, tropical notes.

We hope you enjoy these coffees as much as we do!

Galeras Beauty ShotGaleras (Colombia)
Floral, cherry, apricot and tea
Region: Pasto, Nariño
Variety: Caturra and Castillo

This coffee takes its name from Volcán Galeras, an active volcano near the coffee farms in southwest Colombia that comprise Galeras. This is the third season that our roaster, Madcap Coffee, has worked with the small landowners who farm coffee in this community (many farming less that 3 acre lots) and perhaps the finest vintage yet.

Nelson Moreno Beauty ShotNelson Moreno (Honduras)
Chocolate mousse, marzipan and ripe plum
Region: El Cedral, Santa Barbara
Variety: Pacas, Bourbon and Limpira

Santa Barbara, Honduras, has emerged as a star in specialty coffee in recent years, drawing comparisons in quality and flavor profile to Kenyan coffee. The entire Moreno family grows coffee in this region, and each season cousins, aunts and uncles all band together to help tend to each other’s plots. The coffee is then dried and processed together at their grandpa Pedro’s home.

Reko Beauty ShotReko (Ethiopia)
Sweet lime, cocoa and lemongrass
Region: Kochere
Variety: Heirloom

The Reko mill sits a lofty 2,200 meters above sea level, and processes coffee from small landowners nearby in Kochere. While the process here is similar to other washed Ethiopian coffees, the level of quality and attention to every detail make Reko a standout. The long fermentation, sorting, washing and drying result in a wonderfully bright and clean cup.

Yukro Beauty ShotYukro (Ethiopia)
Bright, citrus, berries and black tea
Region: Gera District, Jimma
Variety: Heirloom

While residing in an area of western Ethiopia generally associated with low-quality coffees, the Yukro mill began as a partnership with an NGO named Technoserve. Through this relationship, Technoserve provides the tools needed for the cooperative to improve quality, market their coffee and, ultimately, earn more money for their product. Now in its 7th year, Yukro is producing some of the best coffee in the world.

Karinga Beauty ShotKaringa (Kenya)
Tropical, sparkling, jasmine and clean
Region: Thika District
Variety: SL 38 and SL 34

The Karinga Factory processes the coffee of nearly 1,000 small lot coffee farmers, and consistently produces some of the most delicious coffees in the world. Part of this success can be attributed to the level of support the factory provides to its member farms, including a full time agronomist who makes regular visits to farms to ensure proper quality standards are met.

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Urban Outfitters recently opened its New Orleans location, and with it, the fashion chain published a guide to some of the best food, drink and culture New Orleans has to offer.

On Mammoth Espresso:

If you’re looking for an excellent espresso that will knock your socks off but the barista won’t make you feel dumb for not knowing that your Ethiopian bean is lemony and acidic, then this is your place. Also a spot to get some work done if you’re looking to stay for awhile.

Check out the full OU blog here.

Photo via Urban Outfitters

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November 30, 2016

Introducing Harar

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Harar is a region in eastern Ethiopia, whose desert landscape is quite different from other larger Ethiopian coffee-producing regions. Though regions like Yirgacheffe and Sidama often dominate the discussion of Ethiopian coffee, Harar holds a special place in coffee lore as the origin of commercial coffee production.

This coffee comes to us from our roasting partners at Madcap Coffee Co., who work directly with Ethiopian coffee exporter Heleanna Georgalis on this Harar selection. Heleanna grew up in Harar and her family operates a dry mill in the area. She purchases the highest grades of Harar coffee off the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, and then separates her purchase further to produce her own Grade 1 Quality from the highest scoring coffees.

On the Mammoth cupping table we’re getting baked apple, cinnamon and mulling spices, hints of raspberry and cranberry, chocolate and butter. As it cools, more of the tart raspberry is revealed, and the body of Harar is syrupy and buttery.

Harar is a natural process coffee (also known as “dry process”), meaning the coffee seed was dried in the sun with its mucilage and cherry still intact. This allows producers in water-scarce regions like Harar to process their coffee. Natural process coffees also tend to have very fruit-forward profiles. We previously wrote a post detailing the differences between natural and washed process coffees, which you can link to here.

Stop by to check our Harar on the pour over bar, or pick up a 12 oz retail bag for your home brewing.

Harar (Ethiopia)
Baked strudel, mulling spice, raspberry and chocolate
Region: East Harar
Variety: Heirloom
Processing: Natural Process

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November 23, 2016

Teas We Love: You Le Huang Ye

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I’m going to start this post with a little word salad: You Le Huang Ye Sheng Puer. What is that? What does it mean? Can I drink it? All important questions that we’ll address in this post. In short, You Le Huang Ye is one of the newest teas on the menu, and, interestingly, one of our oldest as well.

You Le Huang Ye is the name of the tea, which is in the Puer category. If that term – Puer, or Puerh – isn’t immediately familiar to you, that’s okay. Think of it as just another tea type, like Green, Oolong or Black tea. In the simplest terms, Puer is a tea that goes through a fermentation and oxidation phase, which brings about interesting qualities in the cup and allows for prolonged storage and enjoyment of the tea.

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We have two terrific examples of Puer tea in the shop right now. You Le Huang Ye is a beautiful Puer that was created in 2014 and has been aging for a couple years. The other Puer on our menu – Yun Wu – was created in 2007. Both of these are Sheng Puer, which is one of two types of Puer, along with Shu Puer.

 

There are two ways to produce puer: Sheng puer (like You Le Huang Ye) and Shu puer. In either style, the tea begins its life as Puer Mao Cha, which is the raw material used in either Sheng or Shu puer. Puer Mao Cha is made by pan-firing the harvested leaves of the Da Ye Zhong variety, also known as large leaf type. It then follows the processing steps to become Sheng or Shu Puer.

In Sheng Puer, the tea is allowed to naturally ferment and oxidize over time. In Shu Puer, the tea is pile-fermented, a process in which leaves are placed into piles, moisture is added and the pile is occasionally turned for a duration of up to several weeks. In this way Shu mimics the slow maturation of Sheng Puer.

Puer teas are often found pressed into various shapes for storage. Our You Le Huang Ye is pressed as a Bing Cha, in which the leaves are pressed into a flat disk shape. This tea was plucked, blended and pressed by the Feng Wei Yu Gong Tea Factory located in Lincang in Yunnan Province, China. And it comes to us via our tea partners at Jojo Tea in Miami, Florida. The tea was pressed on April 6, 2014, and is relatively young in terms of its potential shelf life. It’s flavor may be enhanced over time, but it is also enjoyed in its current state.

In the cup, You Le Huang Ye has notes of toasted almonds, fig jam, rose petal and tobacco. The profile softens and sweetens with subsequent steeps, and we’ll gladly steep this tea for you in-house up to six times, making You Le Huang Ye one of the best values on our menu. We’re proud to share this tea with you, and to have an opportunity to explore the vast and wonderful world of tea together. Cheers!

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