WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2015-2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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P H O T O S B Y P E T E R G O L D E N ; C O F F E E B E A N S B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y "We vigorously support fair trade," he adds, noting that large-scale producers and chain shops can't hope to match small, specialty roasters like Karma who make a positive out of unique sourcing, small batch roasting, and the freshness that comes with trading in ten- or twenty-bag lots instead of cargo con- tainer loads. And while he is no fan of large chains, he still credits Peet's and Starbucks with transforming the coffee consuming landscape. "Dark flavor profiles have become a lifestyle choice," he says. After sticking my nose into the business end of one of Karma's coffee roasters — one built to accommodate a king's ransom in beans — I then fall into a reverie of sorts while sniffing at bulging sacks bearing country-of origin stencils so esoteric I half wonder if I might not have somehow slipped into a Humphrey Bogart movie. In line with the delightful odors emanating from the inventory, I "nose" a cup of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe proffered to me by Conboy. The flavor, while subtle and a world away from my philistine tastes, sets me to thinking: coffee is really no different from wine in very important ways, the wake-up value of caffeine notwithstanding. It is redolent of a particular place and time, of water, sun, soil, farming techniques, and all the rituals of preparation and serving. As such it becomes a means of self-expression and personal identity — and all the more so for those of us in pursuit of the perfect cup. Hundreds of Places Coffee is certainly a special drink, hailing from hundreds of places in dozens of countries, with Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, and Indonesia leading the list followed by Ethiopia, India, Honduras, and Mexico. Further down in the rankings are countries like Uganda and other African states, all with unique cultures, cultivars, and environments; all rich in flavor and tradition. Closer to home, I take a short drive to Whole Foods Market in Wellesley and seek out the coffee section, where I find a recent Wellesley College graduate named Kaitlin Bradshaw presiding over a substantial roasting, merchandizing, and café operation. While servicing bin- A Perfect Cup Kaitlin Bradshaw at Whole Foods 120 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 5 / 2 0 1 6

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