Saturday, October 6th, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
with AJ Walzer + Warwick Mayn
This Saturday, our friends at Clove & Creek will be hosting a single origin tasting at their Kingston shop - led by a dynamic duo from the Parlor team. Roll by between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to sample two featured offerings from our current menu: Ethiopia Hambela Dimtu and Mexico Miramar Reserva. Each of these coffees offers a distinctive flavor profile, arguably best enjoyed with AJ and Warwick's insights about the regions they were sourced from and how they were translated into your cup.
Earlier this year, AJ traveled to Mexico to meet with producers in Oaxaca and Chiapas, sourcing a number of coffees from the region to be featured on our menu this summer and fall. Five devoted smallholder farmers from the hills surrounding Guadalupe Miramar contributed their top lots to the limited blend known as Miramar Reserva. We've found this coffee to be a brilliant illustration of Oaxacan terroir, where saturated caramel sweetness is highlighted by plum acidity in a cup reminiscent of marmalade.
Warwick Mayn, Parlor's Head Roaster, is most often found somewhere near the Probat, at the cupping table, or switching things up on vinyl for our soundtrack. It's not as easy to catch him out in the field for a tasting (but we know he has a soft spot for Kingston!) - this event is a rare opportunity to hear his insights about our coffees and how he responds to each with a roast profile or recipe to best tease out their inherent nature. To learn more about Warwick's approach to roasting and lesser known gems, check out his Parlor Games interview from earlier this year.
PS. Weather permitting, AJ and Warwick may well be sampling coffees outside for a fireside rendition of our tasting room. Like camping, but better.
Photo credit (above): Christian Harder, courtesy of Clove & Creek
Scott Neild and Michael Cook are the proprietors of this thoughtfully-considered shop in Kingston, one that we've been proud to partner with since its inception in 2016.
“Clove” is a Dutch word that means ravine (the Kingston area was settled by the Dutch in the 1600s; their cultural influence is still evident today). Many streets and other locations in the region already bear clove-inspired names; the design duo added "Creek" to complete the pastoral scene in their minds. Situated near Rondout Creek, they'd soon realize that the name also referenced the history of this important shipping and docking channel - one that continues to draw plenty of kayakers paddling by the relics of its docks and barges.
From the beginning, Clove & Creek was intended as a place that both enriched and created community: a retail experience inspired by the nearby wilderness as well as the many artisans who live and work in the area. For them, the sweetest part was that a 10-minute drive could also lead to the tranquil bends of the Hudson River or the trails of the Catskill Mountains.
In addition to their well-curated wares (many featuring local designers and provisions), Scott and Michael highlight their coffee program as a true point of entry into conversation and community with their neighbors. As Scott mentioned in an earlier Sprudge interview: “People up here know good food and drink—they are now so happy to be able to also get a great tasting cup of coffee." The shop currently highlights Prospect as the perfect cup for warmer weather with its sweet, bright expression. Enjoy these beautiful fall days while they last, friends.
This Saturday's tasting kicks off a full weekend of events in Kingston - check out the links below for details. This week, Clove & Creek will also be hosting a supper club event in collaboration with Brunette Wine Bar as a fundraiser for Kingston Sinterklaas.
Field & Supply :: Oct 5-7 :: Internationally-acclaimed maker's showcase
O+ :: Oct 5-7 :: Innovative arts festival providing medical treatment for underinsured artists
Sinterklaas! Send-Off Celebration :: Nov 24 :: Holiday festival introduced by Dutch settlers