Sunday, January 1, 2012
New Year - New Coffee: Henry's Coffee, San Francisco
I can't believe it. Another great coffee roaster, this one right under my nose, and I hadn't heard about it. Until now.
Oh, well, better late than never, right?
The first coffee from Master Roaster Henry Kalebjian that I am reviewing is called "Gypsy Blend." I would call it "mildly intense." It's a deep roast but none of that "burnt" taste you sometimes find.
The perfect coffee for the first cup of 2012.
I don't think I can give this roast its just due. You need to check it out for yourself. Henry Kalebjian knows his beans!
$15.80 per lb
"A blend of three mysterious coffees from the Arabian Peninsula mixed with African beans gives this blend a fantasy air about it. The best description is a heavy mocha like body with hints of pear and apple." (In Henry's words)
FOR 45 YEARS, 4TH GENERATION MASTER COFFEE ROASTER HENRY KALEBJIAN AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN ROASTING DAILY IN THEIR NORIEGA ST. STORE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Master Roaster is a designation that is earned over time, and becomes part of ones reputation among peers in the industry - international coffee brokers, producers and other roasters. Henry Kalebjian holds this distinction. But it's the proprietary roasting process that lies at the heart of the Kalebjian family business. He personally roasts and blends coffee six days a week.
Customers come by regularly to watch Henry roast, take a break from their busy schedules, or relax with other customers from the neighborhood and around the Bay Area. Henry's personal touch with his customers - marked by a homemade Rolodex of his "regulars" and their taste preferences - is what sets Henry's House of Coffee apart from other coffeehouses in the Bay Area.
Coffee drinkers start their days on the way to work with a fresh pastry and a cup of Henry's finest roasts and blends. Henry's House of Coffee has a loyal following of customers that travel from throughout the Bay Area to their store in San Francisco's Sunset District. The Kalebjians have long standing relationships with businesses and coffee lovers from Hawaii to Florida. Henry's wholesale customers include retail groceries, neighborhood coffee shops and fine dining restaurants.
Voted "Best of the Bay", San Francisco Bay Guardian
Best of San Francisco, The Gault Millau Guide
Best of San Francisco, The Independent
Henry's House of Coffee
1618 Noriega St.
San Francisco, CA 94122
Contact: Henry Kalebjian
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(Henry's Coffee provided me with free samples for the purposes of preparing this review. Stay tuned. I have two more blends to review).
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