Discover Northwest Donut Shop Blend: Morning In a Cup
Christy Ingkavet @ Apr 30, 2022
There’s something special about the relationship between the Pacific Northwest and coffee. Maybe it’s part of the adventurous, outdoorsy spirit of the region. Or perhaps it was the weather that inspired coffee aficionados to become bean hunters and start roasting companies. As gourmet bean hunters ourselves, we were inspired to upgrade donut shop coffee. After all, coffee and donuts are just meant to be together. They make us nostalgic for our childhood. But sadly, the donut shop coffee of our youth has gone downhill. So we’re thrilled to offer a true upgrade in Majestic Blends’ delicious Northwest Donut Shop coffee. This medium roast has inspiring flavor notes of rose, cola, Baker’s chocolate, toffee, and almonds. It’s definitely NOT your mama’s donut shop coffee. Brew yourself a cup of Northwest Donut Shop and kick back as we reveal what makes this blend so legendary.
How Coffee Grew in the Pacific Northwest
While cafe culture had been around for decades, the beginning of Northwest coffee culture started at Pike’s Place Market in Seattle in the 1970s, where a certain purveyor with the green-and-white cups began roasting and selling beans by the pound. The espresso trend started in the 1980s when other coffee purveyors brought high-end espresso machines over from Italy to brew delicious shots for the locals. As the trend exploded, coffee drinkers sought out gourmet beans and higher-end roasts. This ushered in the third wave of roasting and coffee brewing, with cafes and roasters popping up across the region. Shows like Twin Peaks and Frazier popularized the trend even more. By the time Portlandia started airing, Pacific Northwest cafe culture was a well-worn cliche. Various stages of coffee have had specific sweet treats that pair with them — from biscotti to Madelines to dark chocolate. But donuts are always a special coffee indulgence, because the sweet pastry pairs so well with a rich and flavorful cup. Our love of the Pacific Northwest and its coffee culture inspired our Majestic Blends Northwest Donut Shop blend.
The Two Delicious Bean Varieties in Northwest Donut Shop
Majestic takes the organic beans from Caputira, Minas Gerais, Brazil, which are raised in clay mineral-rich soil, pulped natural (AKA, honey) process, then sundrenched on patios. Next, they are blended with organic beans from Amazonas, Peru. This coffee is fully washed and sun-dried. Moreover, these are fair trade beans nurtured by over a 100 female producers through each phase until they become ripe coffee bean cherries.
This combo of beans that becomes our Northwest Donut Shop is undeniably sensational.
Sustainable Coffee from a Family Farm in Minas Gerais, Brazil
Minas Gerais is the largest of the three major Brazilian growing regions with six micro-regions, which account for 50 percent of Brazil’s production. From this volume of coffee, we landed on a special treat traceable to a single estate in the Matas de Minas region, which is known for its rolling hills and uneven terrain lending to farms that are small to medium in size.
The Dutra family started planting coffee in the region over 50 years ago and has grown the estate to nearly 2,500 acres. There are 10 distinct farms where coffee cherry from 3 million coffee trees is harvested by hand by more than 600 seasonal workers. While this estate seems big, it is actually relatively small to medium-sized by Brazilian standards. This has allowed the Dutra family to focus on specialty grade, fully traceable lots for direct-trade relationships. Fazenda Dutra has a passion for sustainability. All of the depulpers run on solar power. The mechanical dryers are next to be converted to clean energy. The estate also boasts nearly 750 acres of native forest to protect water sources and create natural barriers to protect the coffee trees from wind and erosion. The Dutra family also takes their role as an employer very seriously, and they provide big investments in a school located at the estate and a health care program for employees and their families.
Organic Coffee From a Women’s Farm Collective in Amazonas, Peru
Amazonas is a region in northern Peru that borders Ecuador. It is known for its rocky Andes mountain terrain, dense cloud forests, and ancient ruins. Agriculturally, it is known for its fertile soil, geographic diversity, and ideal growing climate.
Peru has a long history of coffee growing. Peru’s success is in part geography and part tradition. The mountains that run through Northwest Peru provide ideal coffee growing conditions, however, coffee is grown all over the country, including on farms spread across the nation’s coastal plain—and even in Peru’s Amazon jungles.
Women represent a substantial percentage of the coffee industry’s labor force, yet they receive very little revenue because most of the land has been traditionally owned by men.
As of five years ago, because of APROCCURMA, female producers have become first-time landowners and receive education in organic, earth-friendly farming practices. The APROCCURMA grower’s collective works directly with 124 women-owned farms in the Rodriguez de Mendoza province.
The women farmers use organic growing practices, and the beans are intercropped with shade trees, bananas, corn, and beans. At the peak of maturity and ripeness, the coffee cherries are carefully picked and sorted by hand. Then depulping, fermenting, washing and drying is all done at the farm with micro-mills. The collective supports the farmers by investing back into infrastructure such as road improvements, establishing local warehouses, and preparing coffee for export to ensure green beans are of the highest quality and traceable back to their source. The cooperative also supports farmers by providing financing, training, and technical assistance to improve coffee quality.
The Magic Flavor of Majestic Blends Northwest Donut Shop
Coffee bean marriages don't get much better than this. The DNA of this coffee baby blend should be considered royalty. Breakfast or a late-night snack is always better with Northwest Doughnut Shop. In fact, Oregon's top orienteer, while exploring Falls Creek, spotted a silhouette of a Bigfoot doing a nosedive into a bag of it. This coffee smells so good that you’ll want to dive into it, too. Fresh citrus and floral scents draw you in, but flavors of sweet buttery nuts and dark cocoa hold you. Try some Northwest Donut Shop coffee today in our famous SuperPods, which contain 47% more coffee per pod for a bigger, bolder flavor. Or pick up a bag of our Northwest Donut Shop whole beans and grind and brew it your favorite way.