Posted Tue May 27, 2014, 10:42am Subject: Cultiva Black Label (from maker of Code Brown)
I just finished my second pound of Cultiva's Black Label Espresso blend. If you are unaware, Cultiva is a Nebraska-based cafe/roaster that is owned and operated by Chris Anderson (formerly of Coffee Emergency, maker of legendary Code Brown blend that was praised on CoffeeGeek for years). In any event, the Cultiva Black Label was a excellent medium roast with tons of crema and chocolate-like flavor, very similar in flavor profile, crema and body to Code Brown, but without the Kenya. I would highly recommend it as it offered a far better cup on my Silvia than many other blends I have tried from recommendations here and elsewhere, my new favorite blend!
porfiry Senior Member Joined: 6 Oct 2003 Posts: 58 Location: Lincoln, NE Expertise: Professional
Posted Wed May 28, 2014, 2:54pm Subject: Re: Cultiva Black Label (from maker of Code Brown)
Hi, thanks for the nice words! Essentially, Black Label *is* Code Brown. It's roasted on David Schomer's old Diedrich, as a matter of fact, with the Vivace logo still on it. :)
Cultiva was running at the same time as Coffee Emergency, clear back to 2005, and then my wife Sharon and I bought it out from our friend Jon Ferguson (who has since moved on to Dogwood in Mpls. and now the Roasterie in KC) in 2011. We do a lot of homemade food nowadays along with the coffee, and do an insane walk-in business, but we've held on to a number of the old CE mail order customers, and we still ship all over the US. Our website is cultivacoffee.com. It's not gorgeous, but it's up to date.
Tom Ailor is roasting all the coffee and handling wholesale and online orders now, and he's far more meticulous than I ever was. We still buy all the best possible single origins as well, and have done a bit of farm-direct stuff. Still date the bags and brew/sell everything less than a week old.
Haven't posted in here for years...hope all my old pals are still pulling stripey mousey tails!
Jason Anderson Cultiva Espresso & Crepes Lincoln, NE
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