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WHAT’S IN THE BOX?! #40 – Lord Windsor

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SPLIT SPECIAL:
– Kenya Kichwa Tembo Top AA
– Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca La Bolsa
– Burundi Kayanza Kiziba
– Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeo Konga

Roasted by Wade Windsor

LA Coffee Club is constantly searching for the freshest roasted coffee in Los Angeles for our Coffee of the Month Club. This Summer, we’ve been focusing on introducing you to roasters you may have never heard of & might not have otherwise been able to gain access to.

This month, we are proud to welcome back Lord Windsor Roasters & Wade Windsor. We first met Wade last year and have been fans of his ever since – we rejoiced and thought, finally a reason to visit Long Beach!

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Recently, our friend and incredibly talented barista, Alan Gomez found a new home at Lord Windsor – so we were incredibly thrilled when he invited us down for a cupping of some of the latest offerings that Wade has been roasting.

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Sweet orange juice with great acidity.
Soft mouthfeel with a subtle lemon meringue.
Finishes with a tart cranberry

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Brûléed brown sugar to cherry cola
Syrupy mouthfeel
Cacao finish

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Ripe strawberry to baker’s chocolate.
Spice hint on the finish to slight tart linger

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Floral aroma that carries to the palate.
Apricot finish with a sweet linger

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Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Busy in the back, Wade works on this week’s coffee orders.

Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

These are the burlap bags that coffee is transported in from the producing countries to roasters all over the world.

Cafe Imports Green Coffee Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Hand Crafted & Locally Roasted Coffee at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Throughout the entire roasting process, Wade checks the aroma of the beans in order to find that sweet spot.

Hand Crafted & Locally Roasted Coffee at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

It’s a process that most roasters in specialty coffee take great pride in – it’s the way they maintain quality & consistency from roast to roast over time.

Wade Windsor Roasting Coffee at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Kim is ready to start cupping.

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A Cupping Spoon Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Adam Scott Paul Cupping at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Grab a cupping spoon and break the crust. Take note of the aroma during this process.

Cupping at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Skim the grounds off the top of the cup – try not to agitate the grounds that have settled to the bottom.

Kimberly from LA Coffee Club Cupping at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Begin slurping your coffee – the louder the slurp, the better! You want to incorporate as much air into your slurp as it runs over your tongue and stimulates your olfactory senses.

Adam Scott Paul & Alan Gomez Cupping at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

Hands off the cupping table, and make sure to rinse your spoon in hot water between each cup.

Kimberly Sitting in a Wooden Chair at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

After contemplating this for quite some time, Kimberly decided she just had to share all of these wonderful coffee selection with you!

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Samples of ground coffee are placed in pairs along the table.

Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

A proper cupping begins by first taking note of the aromas of the dry coffee. It’s a good idea to tap the cup on the table to lightly agitate the beans in order to maximize the aroma.

Alan Gomez Cupping at Lord Windsor Coffee Roasters, Long Beach CA

In sequence, each coffee is filled to the brim and allowed to settle for a short period of time.

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