Frothy Monkey Exclusive Offering: The Award-Winning Mexico San Miguel

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Frothy Monkey Exclusive Offering: The Award-Winning Mexico San Miguel

Posted by on October 3, 2013

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The country of Mexico has never been a player in the High-End Specialty Coffee world until recently. The perception of many in the industry is that Mexican coffee is mediocre, to say the least. This is not true by any means. There is huge potential in Mexican coffee and things will only get better. They have all the conditions for quality coffee: heirloom coffee varieties (Bourbon, Typica), great altitude (1200-1750masl), and passionate coffee growers who want to produce high quality microlots.

Mexico San Miguel is grown at a farm located in the buffer zone of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve. The biosphere is located in the highlands of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas and is one of the world’s most diverse forest reserves. This reserve contains Mesoamerica’s largest continuous cloud forest, and it serves as a refuge to thousands of plant and animal species. El Triunfo is a rare and valuable sanctuary that requires continued protection. All the coffee they produce is shade grown, and biological corridors are created in order to facilitate bird and animal migration.

This coffee is also part of our importing partner’s (Cafe Imports) traceable microlot program. Coffees are traceable to a single producer member of the cooperative. Cafe Imports and the cooperatives are working together in order to separate microlots and pay quality premiums to producers who produce stellar quality. Joaquin, a second generation coffee farmer, has had this San Miguel farm since 2001.

This coffee is roasted by our friends at Kaldi’s. They purchased and will be roasting this whole crop (just over 400 pounds) exclusively for Frothy Monkey. This is our first FM exclusive offering from them, and we think that’s pretty cool. We also think it’s pretty cool that we’ve been building a relationship with Kaldi’s for nearly a year. We thought this would be a great opportunity to pose a few questions to Kaldi’s owner, head roaster and Q grader, Tyler Zimmer.

We are coming up on our 1 year anniversary of working together. How would you describe the first year of roasting coffee for FM?
This has been very exciting for us. Working with the great team at Frothy has been a very rewarding experience since they value the customer experience and coffee quality as much as we do. When those two things happen the coffee is taken to another level.

How often do you source and roast exclusive coffees such as this coffee for non-Kaldi’saccounts?
Very rarely. We noticed very early on that Frothy is very in tune with the industry and we wanted to add value to their coffee program. They understand the commitment to quality and sourcing so we thought this was a perfect chance to highlight a one of a kind coffee from a single producer in Mexico. Frothy is serving this one producer’s best coffee, the only place in the country to do so, all 400#. This also one of the best coffees from Mexico that we’ve ever tasted. It presented the perfect opportunity to do so.

How does the Nashville coffee scene compare to the St. Louis scene?
More similar all the time. There are new places opening all the time and people are focusing on quality more and more.

What is one of your favorite stories from your visits to nashville in the past year?
There are so many. It’s too hard to nail down to just one. The first trip definitely sticks out, it was the first time I go to meet the team. We had a great time discussing company and coffee philosophy and how we could work together. We ended the trip with a great night out, dinner and drinks at some of Nashville’s finest establishments.

On a more serious note, the first time I got to see the Franklin store after it opened…I had the best shot of espresso and cup of coffee in all of Nashville, seriously. It’s awesome for both companies to come together and make that happen!

Sunset Safari

Posted by on October 3, 2013

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Every year, the Nashville Zoo has a fund raiser, the Sunset Safari. The event gives adults (21+) an opportunity stroll through the zoo while partaking in Nashville’s most delicious food, drink and entertainment – all while benefiting the Nashville Zoo’s education and conservation programs! Frothy Monkey, Amerigo, Bolton’s Spicy Chicken & Fish, Bound’ry, Edley’s, F. Scott’s, Kayne Prime, Olive & Sinclair, Silo, Virago, Tavern, Watermark, Whiskey Kitchen were just a few of the Nashville restaurants who offered up their products for this year’s event. The entertainment included reggae freestyle dance, Caribbean music with steel drums, contemporary dance, Flamenco dance, fire performances and more. And, of course, there are the varied and beautiful animals that call the Nashville Zoo home. Frothy Monkey was excited to be located beside  the new Kangaroo Kickabout! This is always a fun night out for those of you that like to eat, drink, be entertained, and support Nashville’s Zoo!

If you missed it this year, make sure  you plan to attend in 2014.

Rare and Notable Varietal: Panama Geisha

Posted by on October 2, 2013

First, a little background on the famous Geisha variety: an heirloom Ethiopian variety. Geisha changed the coffee world forever when it was rediscovered and commercially planted for the first time in the mid 2000s in Panama.

The Peterson family of the now famous La Esmeralda farm was the first family to plant the variety widely. Once the crop was large enough and tasted around the world, the coffee gained international fame.

Since the 2000s, the Geisha variety has slowly spread to many fincas (farms) in the Boquete region and around many of Central and South America’s top farms.

Our first Geisha from Panama comes from the famed Don Pepe Estate. The Don Pepe Estate is managed by 4th generation producer Jesus Antonio Vasquez. The finca is in the Volcancito area of Boquete, on the sides of the Baru Volcano.

We intend this to be the first in a new series of very limited, very special coffees. Each package will be individually numbered for this limited release coffee. We have 225 available 8oz bags of this coffee. Enjoy.

This coffee, roasted September 25th, is packaged inside a limited edition resealable can with an inner 8oz whole bean bag of Panama Geisha and individually numbered card. $54.99.

French Wine Love with the Bottle Shop

Posted by on August 19, 2013

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Thursday September 5th, 7pm: Bourgeois Wine Dinner with The Bottle Shop

Join us for a night of food and wine pairing on Thursday September 5th! This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about French wine direct from the source as Jean-Philippe Bourgeois will join us for the evening. He is at the helm of Bourgeois Wines, a North Carolina based importer of high quality wines from small, family owned, French wineries. These wineries are the very heart and soul of the French wine business as they’ve been perfecting their craft for generations and offer unique, terroir driven, hand crafted, organic wines. We will taste a selection of new arrivals that are approachable, offer great value and perfectly accent the food menu. Jean-Philippe will share his passion for unique, small production wines from his home country of France and is guaranteed to ensure that you leave knowing a little more than when you arrived. The folks from The Bottle Shop will be on hand as well. They are one of a handful of local wine shops that feature Jean-Philippe’s wines and are excited to introduce you to Jean-Philippe and his wines.

 

About The Bottle Shop

The Bottle Shop at McEwen is Franklin’s newest destination for unique wine, spirits and craft beer. It’s a shop that’s easy and fun to explore with a laid back vibe and lots of attention on what matters most: you! We have a team of folks who can’t wait to help you choose the right bottle for your needs. Like our neighbors at Whole Foods, we offer a diverse selection of well made products and highlight those that are organic, bio dynamic and sustainable. While you’ll see lots of wine and spirits you won’t find everywhere else, you’ll also find plenty of your old favorites. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we’ll even help you track it down. Special orders are one of our specialties.Our tasting bar is the biggest and most diverse around, and it’s open every day with a wide selection of spirits so you can try before you buy and learn along the way. We feature weekly craft beer tastings on Wednesdays from 4-7pm and weekend wine tastings every Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 1-7pm. The tasting bar is a great place to learn about new products in a laid back, educational and fun environment.

 

The Bottle Shop is located in Cool Springs, immediately next door to Whole Foods.

Open Monday-Thursday, 9am-9pm; Friday & Saturday, 9am-9:30pm.

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Blackberry Time in Tennessee

Posted by on August 14, 2013

Franklin’s favorite pick your own blackberry farm has partnered up with Frothy Monkey to offer fresh, local blackberries at all three of our locations throughout the summer. Look for these delicious berries in our food/drink specials and baked goods all summer long. Thank you Carol Warren and Dale Whitehead for taking a minute to answer a few questions.

 What’s the history of Boyd Mill Farm?

Boyd Mill Farm is named for the Boyd Mill, which for a century or so (circa1820) was a gathering place for the community on Saturday mornings. The ruins of the Boyd Mill are still visible in the river on the edge of the berry field. We at Boyd Mill Farm are striving to again make the farm a community gathering place, whether for the music at the Blackberry Jam Music Festival each June, or coming to pick berries and other fruit in July and August.

How long has BMF been growing blackberries?

Boyd Mill Farm has been growing berries for 12 years, and we have been open to the public for 10.

BMF took a hard hit in 2010’s flood. How have you bounced back from that? Is there anything you all have done differently moving forward from that disaster?

In May of 2010, the farm was almost done in by the flood waters. We had 8 feet of water roll through our valley, covering the plants, the farm equipment, vehicles, and putting 3 feet of water through the house. That first summer, we got about 50 gallons of berries from the blackberry plants. We lost many plants in the process. We started slowly rebuilding, inside and out, and we learned what it means to live in the Volunteer State! This summer (three seasons later) we will probably yield about 400 gallons. We are still not quite back to pre-flood standards but definitely moving in the right direction!

Since the flood we have streamlined our composting and care practices, and the plants have greatly benefited. Nothing artificial or chemical is used to grow our plants.

BMF seems to be selective in the restaurants they choose to partner with. Why is FM a good fit as a purveyor of your product?

We are very selective with how we choose and grow our plants, so we are also very selective with whom we partner in the community. Frothy Monkey has provided the perfect outlet- we are big fans of the restaurant and how they have embraced the local farms. We are all about shopping and eating local, and FM is a great example of that.

BMF just had its annual Blackberry Jam Music Festival. With this year having the biggest turnout to date. How do you all plan to keep the momentum and top yourself next year?

In the continuing effort to give back to the community, Boyd Mill Farm plays host each year to the Blackberry Jam Music Festival, always held the 4th Saturday of June. This was our 10th festival and the biggest one yet, with all proceeds going to Hard Bargain Association.  Frothy Monkey was a stage sponsor this year and one of many area businesses to contribute in large and small ways. This is truly a community event. As we move into our second decade, that is what we really want to continue. We hope to focus on local food, music and charities in an even bigger way, and we have BIG plans for the musical artists for next year!

What is your favorite use for BMF blackberries? Do you have any tips or recipes?

Boyd Mill Farm has many favorite recipes, but recently we’ve been partial to what we find on JustaPinch.com, because our berries are used in their test kitchen, located here in Franklin.

Every customer has their favorite cobbler recipe, but the best tip I can give is this: do not wash berries before freezing (makes them mushy,) and if you are storing for more than several days in the fridge, use a light vinegar wash: 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. It will preserve the berries for twice as long.

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Frothy Monkey at the Basement

Posted by on August 1, 2013

The newest venture of the Frothy Monkey coffeehouse doesn’t come in the form of new spaces and grand openings, but in an ever-so-fitting ode to Nashville’s music scene. And it’s music to your ears…literally.

This past May, the charming neighborhood spot stepped out for a night out on the town at Nashville’s acclaimed music venue, The Basement for its first ever “Frothy Night at the Basement.” The affectionately coined evening, “Monkey Night” featured a smash line-up of talented Frothy employees: Jess Chambers, Run with Bulls, Brad Jones and The Rouge. The evening was sponsored by Good People Brewing Company, which allowed the event’s proceeds to go entirely towards the bands.

The first of many to come, “Frothy Night at the Basement” pulls from the talented pool of musicians found in the coffeehouses three locations – 12th South, Franklin and Grimey’s TOO.

Kicking off the night was the captivating Jess Chambers who wowed the audience with her elegant, heartfelt music. In true Frothy-fashion, Jess’ fellow co-workers Brad Jones and Liza Odachowski graciously joined her as part of the backing band for her set.

Next up was local throwback band Run with Bulls, composed of Brad Sample (lead guitar), Chris James (bassist) and Frothy favorite, Philip Turner (drummer). The band brought the heat, shedding shirts and winning the crowd with their hooky tunes and onstage charisma.

Brad Jones took the stage with his Americana charm and haunting vocals. The North Carolina native offered up a perfect set of romantic ballads and heartbreak-ready folk songs mesmerizing The Basement’s packed out crowd.

Anticipation for The Rouge to take the stage was an understatement. The crowd woo-ed and cheered as the band’s frontman and Frothy employee, Josh Vaught and his band mates started their rock-n-roll heavy set. In addition to Josh’s lead, The Rouge consists of Jack Egan (Bass), Nick Edler (Drums) and Steve Voss (Guitar/Keys/Vocals). The Rouge, with their brilliantly executed up-tempo hits, was the perfect send off to Frothy’s music night.

Adding to the event’s success, the Frothy family, along with their friends and coffeehouse regulars, all came out to support the first ever “Frothy Night at the Basement.” With a line-up of elites for coffee, customers and staff, “Monkey Night” added a sweet musical addition to the coffeehouse’s growing reputation. It’s clear from the evening that #FrothyLove is all around.

-Sarah Lai
Sarah is a macaroni and cheese enthusiast, music publicist and daily Frothy squatter. Follow her on Twitter: @sarahlady.

 

Frothy Monkey’s Summer of Wine

Posted by on July 24, 2013

This past weekend marked the 34th annual l’Ete du Vin wine auction in Nashville; the nation’s largest charity-wine auction outside of the state of California, whose primary goal is to “unite the wine community to fund the fight against cancer.” With a series of wine-related events held throughout the summer, the LDV wine auction culminated this past weekend at Loew’s Vanderbilt Plaza, with hundreds of collectors of wine and supporters of cancer research and prevention, gathered together for this annual charity dinner & its accompanying festivities.

As a participant in the “Pairings” wine auction event, one of the smaller auction events held earlier in the year, we were excited to have the opportunity to donate a dinner package, alongside wines from Chimney Rock Winery in California, to represent our participation in the Nashville Wine Auction.  As a result, Frothy Monkey made its debut into the Nashville Wine Auction world this past June by hosting our very first l’Ete Du Vin wine dinner at our newly opened Franklin, TN location. photo-13

 

With the introduction of wine to our recent brand expansion into the Franklin market, coupled with LDV’s desire to reach a broader demographic of wine drinkers and lovers, Frothy Monkey was able to present a bridge to help pioneer LDV’s desire to grow their reach in the greater Nashville area. As a result, we are at the beginning stages of forging a long and symbiotic relationship with the Nashville Wine Auction and other wine-related entities in Nashville.

 

Among the many esteemed attendees that night, we were really excited to have Lisa Quillman Coviello of The Bottle Shop at McEwen in Franklin join us. She and her husband opened this incredible wine/spirits/beer shop in the Cool Springs area last year, and we are thrilled to join forces with them as we continue to promote and plan our next wine event, which we have slated for Thursday, September 5th!

 

Stay tuned for updates and information on this upcoming wine event & others via frothymonkey.com, @frothymonkey on Twitter, and @frothymonkey on Facebook!

 


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