Coffee Fest New York

This past weekend Kenny Smith competed in Coffee Fest’s International Latte Art Competition where he brought home second place and $1,000. Congratulations Kenny! If you want to watch him receiving his award you can watch it here.

Jesse and Danny spent their time at Coffee Fest working at the Americas Best Coffeehouse competition. Jesse is the event coordinator for it and Danny did all the media coverage. If you want to watch anything from the competition you can re watch any of it at these links Day 1, Day2, and Day3.

Thanks for your continued support and we plan on doing all of this again in Chicago in June.

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Acrylic V60 Sale

Now through January 2013, or while supplies last, when you buy a pound of coffee you can get an acrylic V60 for ONLY $4! Download the coupon and bring it into any of our shops to take advantage of this deal.

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Holiday Discounts!

Now through January 1st you can get free shipping on orders of $50.00 or more, or get free shipping and a free pound of coffee (roasters choice) on orders of $100.00 or more when you enter the coupon code “seasonsgrindings” at checkout.

 

Download this coupon for free drinks with the purchase of whole bean coffee. Valid at all Locations. 

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Home Roasting Class

HOME ROASTING WORKSHOP SUCCEEDS.
Our most recent home roasting workshop was simply a blast.  If you missed out, you should know that anyone who takes this class will walk away with the ability to roast coffee with the standard tools in any home kitchen, a pound of green, and other goodies.  Stay tuned for more opportunities for home roasting, home brewing, and cupping workshops. 
If you’re the curious type, these are the things we covered: the basics of coffee processing and it’s impact on roasting at home, key markers in the roasting process, lots of hands on time with stove-top pan roasting and popcorn popper conversions, as well as a comparative cupping of the various roasts we produced.
A big thanks to everyone who came out.  We trust that you had as much fun as we did.
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Sunergos’s Jesse Rocks Americas Best Coffee House Competition

Recently, your very own Jesse Harriot, shop ops guru at Sunergos, served as the competition coordinator at Coffee Fest Seattle for the Americas Best Coffee House Competition. Click below to see how Louisville impacts the coffee-verse

Seattle Coffee Scene
Coffee Fest Facebook
Coffee Fest Newsletter

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Sunergos In The News

Recently a company called Mavizon came to our shop downtown on 5th st. for a team building outing. They were trained how to pull shots and make pourovers. The wrote a blog post about their experience, read it here

 

Check out these other great articles about Sunergos.

The Highlander

Nashville Scene

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TNT Louisville

Last Thursday Sunergos hosted a TNT; Thursday Night Throwdown. A latte art competition that created a lot of buzz in town about Sunergos, what we do here, and the coffee culture that is burgeoning here in the River City. Check out these great articles about the Latte Art competition and the coffee culture it’s creating in Louisville, Ky.

The Coffee Compass

The Courier Journal

 

 

 

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Coffee; Sourcing, Romance, and Education

As I grow as a roaster and we as a roastery, I think a lot about coffee origins and varietals. Usually my thoughts focus on cup quality and character and the craft of roasting, but lately I’ve found myself shifting to questions of visiting origin and more importantly the value of doing so.

 

What compels small roasters and coffee professionals to invest precious time and resources into taking such trips?  In the vacuum of my own mind, a description I’d like to apply merely to the present topic, I think it really boils down to three motivations; sourcing, romance, and education.

 

Sourcing great coffees that prove their quality in the cup is ideally a constant pursuit for a passionate roaster. Where do you come up with an ever-shifting always-improving coffee line up? Well, you’ve got to search them out and one way to do this is to go where they’re grown and processed; to go to origin. The problem with this as a model for small business, however, is one of resources. Can you really afford to go trekking around the globe, pith helmet fitted, slurping enough brew, observing enough processing, and visiting enough places to source all the coffees you want to offer? Seriously, if a small roaster is going to origin to make deals and source their coffee, they’re going to need to rely heavily on someone whose done the developmental ground work. The other option is succumb to the pressures of the moment settling for what is available at the sadly few fincas you can afford to visit and likely ending up with a lower quality cup but a high dollar investment; a bad choice on every front.

 

The second motive for going to origin is romance. Now, when I say romance, I’m thinking about pie-eyed star-crossed love of a place and all the sights, smells, and sounds that will accompany you to your grave. The stories you’ll tell any new friend / victim as though the whole of your life revolves around the gravity of two weeks spent away. The other kind of romance that I’m thinking of is the dirty profit manipulable kind where those same sights, smells, and sounds can be communicated to and experienced by a pie-eyed star-crossed consumer at the low, limited time offer, of cash dollars. Seriously, though, a getaway is a good thing, and a tax deductible one is even better but, in the end, it’s a vacation. Valuable? Yes. A proper tool for sourcing great coffees? No.

 

So, I come to the last point in view. Education. An origin trip is simply an invaluable tool to educate oneself. We’re not talking here about bringing our expertise to the realm of processing, but rather learning from the experts at origin. We all know the basic processing methods from dry to wet and their innumerable hybrids and how they influence our approach to roasting, but what we can learn at origin helps us move from perceived theory to observed fact. Additionally it gives the opportunity to observe consistencies in processing or in the negative, inconsistencies and therefore an irreplaceable tool in assessing what coffees we source and what sources we choose to offer.

 

To conclude, then, the compulsion to make origin trips can be many. But truly, the best thing that can be had for a small roaster or coffee related business is not the chance to establish direct trade opportunities, nor marketable romance, but rather the opportunity to get an education. In this way we further equip ourselves to do the job of roasting and offering great coffees from many sources.

 

Download this great coffee book for more information on the process.

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New 5th St Location, Discounts, and Free Coffee

New 5th St Location, Discounts, and Free Coffee

       
        There’s a new bright yellow sign atop a 5th street storefront displaying our signature elephant, tortoise, and hare trio, mirrored across the street by Louisville City Hall. Inside the doors of our newest location you will find the familiar smell of fresh-roasted coffee and walls adorned with our olive green paint, what you will not find is the creating great spread of vintage tables and chairs. We are doing something a little different at our downtown shop, other than removing chairs from the equation; we would love to tell you a little more about it!

       

This new location is small, we mean really small, around 200 square feet. This provides the shop with a comfortable, Italian-style espresso bar feel that inspires the layout. Our desire is to break down the barrier between barista and customer so that dialogue freely flows. We also hope to demystify the behind-the-scenes work that we do and allow you to feel welcomed into something we’re super excited about; espresso.


        As our Twitter and Facebook posts have made known, we are thrilled to have the Slayer, our chosen tool for creating espresso at 5th Street. Inside of the machine are multiple PiD-controlled brew tanks, flow-adjusting needle valves, independently controlled saturated brew groups, and manually controlled actuators with wood surround; this is coffee nerd talk for “this machine allows us to make amazing espresso!” This isn’t simply a refining of caffeine-concentrate; we are crafting a beverage with the complexity and esteem of fine bourbon, a drink to savor and enjoy.


        We invite you to come and experience for yourself our newest venture into coffee-making at 231 S. 5th Street. You will find our usual offering of whole bean coffee, brewing tools, and of course Slayer espresso shots!

15% off coupon online!

Now through September 8th we are offering 15% your entire coffee order when you order online. Just enter the code “coffeefocheap” at checkout to get the discount. Remember the offer is only valid through september 8th.

Free Double Shot or Americano at 5th St!

Click this link to download the coupon and bring it to the 5th St location for a free double shot or americano. Only good for one week! Coupon expires August 14th. Limit one coupon per customer

Check out what other people are saying about our new shop on 5th St.

Prima Coffee

Louisville.com

Consuming Louisville

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Monkey Mocha Fantastique & Latte Art Competition

Sunergos Coffee will be hosting the premiere of Monkey Mocha Fantastique, a comedic short film written by Timothy Strader and directed by William Wallace II.  In celebration of this coffee centric film, we’ll also be hosting an open latte art competition with some great prizes.  Check out the details below:
Saturday, April 14th 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Sunergos Coffee

306 W. Woodlawn Ave.

Louisville, KY 40214

Written by: Timothy Strader
Directed by: William Wallace II
Cost: free
Coffee sampling and demos

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Open Latte Art Competition $7.00 entry fee, all proceeds to cover Film Festival costs. All competitors will receive Astoria wares plus amazing prizes!

Over $800.00 in prizes including: Baratza Preciso, Reg Barber Tamper, Hand Crafted Tamper, Bonavita Electric Kettle, Roasting Session or Green Coffee of choice, Doc Crows gift certificate, Cake Flour goodies, Baxter Avenue Theater Tickets, and more!

(Prize sponsors include Sunergos Coffee, Prima Coffee, Baratza, Astoria, Reg Barber, Baxter Ave. Theater, Cake Flower, Doc Crows)

 

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