Our house blend was
created almost 27 years ago in response to the requests from my
customers. In those days, in order to keep as little roasted coffee
inventory as possible so we could keep it fresh, I had no blends
on display. Every jar contained a single origin coffee. If a customer
asked for something that was a blend, I made it for them on the
spot - and they could see exactly what I put in and in what proportion.
I had no secret blends, then or now.
The most popular blend
people asked for was Mocha Java and French Roast. People were shocked
to learn that this was a blend of 3 coffees—never realizing that
Mocha Java is itself a blend. Since those coffees were more expensive
than others, I would also recommend a blend of Colombia (for sweetness,
as the Mocha), Sumatra (for body, as the Java), and French Roast
Colombia (as, well, the French Roast, for a syrupy caramel finish).
This became a popular coffee for me. A blend that is one third dark
roast is usually called a Scandinavian Blend. But since I had already
used the name Beowulf for our espresso (a story for another time),
I made this our house blend and dubbed it Oren’s Special Blend.
Our most popular coffee of all time—and with good reason. Sweetly
complex with huge sweet aroma from the Colombia, full bodied as
only Sumatra can make, and our French Roasted Colombia for the bitter-sweet
caramel finish—never burned.
Now, as then, made
from the exact same straight varietal coffees you will find on our
shelves. No neutral or ‘blender’ coffees, no secret recipes. Our
customers deserve to know what they are paying for.