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Roast House offers exclusive Cup of Excellence coffee

UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018

Roast House is pre-selling a highly rated Cup of Excellence coffee from Peru.

This particular small-lot, certified-organic coffee was produced by Filadelpo Córdova Mejia at Finca Ecologica Agua Colorada in Jaen, Cajamarca. It was shade-grown on 10 acres at 1,850 meters above sea level, and it received a Cup of Excellence score of 89.77 during the first-time Peru competition last fall.

It’s described as deep-bodied, balanced, elegant, fine, complex and sweet – with hints of bright citrus, apricot, peach, strawberry, blackberry, mint, anise, jasmine, coconut, honey, toffee, raisin and vanilla as well as floral notes.

Roast House is making it available in two sizes: 100 grams for $25 and 250 grams for $60. Soon, it will be available online through Roast House’s newly revamped website. Meantime, call or come in to place an order.

Roast House was one of three buyers to purchase beans from a 750-pound lot during an online auction last fall – and one of two buyers from North America. The third was from Seoul.

Roast House bought 60 pounds of the specialty coffee. The shipment arrived last Friday.

Beans will be roasted and mailed out on Monday, March 26.

It’s the first time Roast House is offering a Cup of Excellence coffee.

Cup of Excellence is a prestigious competition for high-quality coffees. It came to Peru for the first time in fall 2017. According to the website of the Alliance for Coffee Excellence, which organizes the Cup of Excellence awards, each top 10 coffee is cupped “at least 120 times” during a competition with 300 entries and an average of 9,000 analyzed cups.

Roast House, which won a Good Food Award in 2014, specializes in shade-grown, sustainable, fair-trade, certified organic coffee.

March 30 and 31, the Spokane coffee roaster is offering complimentary 2-ounce sample pours from 1 to 2 p.m. For about a week beginning March 30, the specialty coffee will be available as a pour-over for $12 per 12-ounce cup. Cups will be limited.

Roast House is at 423 E. Cleveland Ave. Call (509) 995-6500. On the web:

Opening date pushed back

In other Roast House news, the opening date for the roaster’s new First Ave. Coffee shop has been pushed to Bloomsday weekend in May.

The high-end coffee shop, under construction in the Music City Building at 1011 W. First Ave. in downtown Spokane, was originally slated to open April 1.

It will exclusively serve Roast House coffee and feature ModBar brewing systems. Coffee connoisseurs will be able to buy cups of coffee ranging from about $4 to up to about $20 —for prestigious Cup of Excellence award-winning coffees, some of which sell for more than $100 per pound, such as the exclusive small-batch from Peru it’s offering now.

When it opens, certain coffees will be roasted in small batches on site at and exclusively for First Ave. Coffee. The shop will also feature pastries made by Adam Hegsted’s Eat Good Group exclusively for First Ave. Coffee.

Also on the menu: coffee affogatos and – here’s something new and fun – chai affogatos made from a proprietary organic chai blend created by a company in Seattle exclusively for First Ave. Coffee.

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