We shared our enthusiasm for Broadway Roasting Co. coffee in “An Appetite for Travel” in the latest issue of VIVmag, which has insider tips on the best food, drinks and edible souvenirs in Hong Kong, Glasgow, Cape Town, Austria’s Graz and Broadway Roasting’s hometown of Kansas City, MO. We’re pleased to report that Broadway Roasting Co. recently won a Good Food Award for its fair trade and organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. And five VIVmag readers can share the coffee buzz and each win a bag of the award-winning craft-roasted beans.
We discovered Broadway Roasting five years ago, while exploring Kansas City’s fabulous coffee scene. Co-owner Jon Cates (his business partner, Sara Honan, can often be found in the Broadway Café, just up the road) and head roaster Brian Phillips taught us about coffee history, cupping (the way professionals taste coffee), how regions affect beans, methods of brewing and more.
Cates and Phillips actively seek out coffees that have regional characteristics. Some of their coffees come from small farms, cooperatives, micro-mills, estates and boutique estates with an emphasis on heirloom cultivars. Some operations are so small they band together to have enough beans to sell.
It takes three years for a coffee bush to produce beans suitable for harvest. Phillips, who’s been roasting since he was in his teens, said that he honors the farmers by working to bring out the best in their beans.
Five years ago, Cates and Phillips told us about Indian Monsooned Malabar, beans that are traditionally left exposed to the elements during monsoon season, “allowing coffee to taste the way it would have when it traveled in the hulls of wooden ships,” Phillips says.
In addition to possibly having anti-cancer properties, coffee is full of antioxidants. Recent studies indicate that it may stave off diabetes, lower the risk of depression, and help to fight off Alzheimer’s disease.
Our favorite bean is the Good Food Awards winner: Broadway Roasting’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. It’s delicate, balanced and complex. Phillips says that the Yirgacheffe is difficult to pigeonhole: “You’ll get elements of tea rose, lemon pepper, honey . . . all of these things in this coffee.”
To enter to win a 12-ounce bag of these beans (a $16.50 value), simply fill out this form by June 30. Winners can also opt to have the beans ground before they’re shipped.
What’s your favorite coffee bean or blend?
Photo credit: Courtesy Good Food Awards/Marc Fiorito/Gamma 9 Photography