Coffee Basics: Our Year-Round Coffees

Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in January 2017 and has been revamped and updated to be more accurate and complete.

at counter culture, we offer a diverse catalog of quality coffees throughout the year. While it’s nice to have options, it can also make choosing your favorite a challenge. With that in mind, let’s dive into our menu to help you find your ideal coffee!

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Our coffees fall into three main categories: year-round, single origin and seasonal releases. here, we will focus on the anchor of our offer: coffees throughout the year.

Each of our seven year-round coffees has a distinctive and consistent flavor profile. however, the tricky part is that coffee is a seasonal product. Just like any other product, coffee tastes better when it is freshly harvested. This means that we cannot choose a single coffee or blend of coffees to be on the menu in January and expect the same formula to taste optimal in September. to keep up with the seasons, we often change the coffee that goes in the bag. however, through our hard work and experience, we are able to maintain the same consistent delicious taste.

how do we do it? sometimes all year round tastes good when brewed with single origin coffee; other times, it requires a blend of coffees to achieve the right flavor. our coffee buying and roasting departments work tirelessly to get this perfect blend. Check your favorite coffee’s bio page (or the label on the bottom of the bag) for an up-to-date description of its components, along with more information on roasting and tasting notes.

Screenshot of the component section on a coffee page. You can see the tastings notes, roast level, process, blend components, certifications, and availability.

each year has a different flavor profile, selected to highlight a broad spectrum of flavors for coffee lovers with a diverse set of preferences. but the question remains, which all year round is right for you? Let’s explore these seven beauties:

apollo (organic): citrusy, floral, silky

Photo of a bag of Apollo coffee standing up next to a small vase of flowers.

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apollo is a year-round celebration of the birthplace of coffee and its bright, floral and silky coffees. Launched in the summer of 2010, this blend is made up of certified organic washed coffees sourced from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. it’s a wonderful entry point into East African coffees because it’s roasted a little darker than its single-origin counterparts for a more balanced flavor experience.

big problem: caramel, nutty, round

Top down photo of a bag of Big Trouble laying down next to a cup of espresso and an espresso machine.

big trouble offers the nutty, caramel and chocolate flavors people know and love. This coffee simulates the classic northern Italian style, which is why it was originally called Tuscan espresso in the past.

So, with a flavor profile that’s so easy to love, what makes it such a “big deal”? Obtaining clean, low-acid coffees from small producers is not an easy task. We work with many of the same partners in Central and South America that produce our single origin coffees to maintain the perfect blend of quality, seasonal coffees.

fast forward (organic): nutty, sweet, light

Photo of a Fast Forward standing up on a surface next to a vase of dry flowers.

With a nutty and sweet flavor profile, fast forward is your quintessential ‘morning mix’. We launched Fast Forward in 2011 (fun fact: it was originally called Farmhouse until 2014), with a focus as a community-supported agriculture box of certified organic farms in Central or South America.

forty-six (organic): dark chocolate, smoked, full-bodied

Photo of a bag of Forty-Six coffee standing up on a surface next to rocks and a potted plant.

forty-six is a blend of washed and naturally processed coffees and the darkest roast on our menu. Years ago, we had a bid list of over 100 blends. Testing with wholesale partners and chefs, combination number 46 consistently emerged as a favorite. but forty-six is ​​not just any dark roast coffee: we select some of our best certified organic coffees and roast them to create a sweet, clean, smoky and nuanced profile. tastes great on its own or with milk and sugar.

gradient: dark chocolate, roasted nuts, berries

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Top down photo of a bag of Gradient coffee laying down on a wooden surface next to a book and a cup of black coffee.

Launched in 2020, gradient is our newest blend for the whole year. Composed of 100% Colombian coffees and slightly darker roasted, the gradient has a syrupy body with notes of dark chocolate, roasted nuts and berries. Although it is easy to find and buy generic flavored Arabica coffees from Colombia, we have worked hard over the years to develop traceable supply chains where we can buy high-quality coffees from the same farmers year after year and pay premiums based on of quality.

hologram: fruity, milk chocolate, syrupy

Photo of a bag of Hologram coffee inside of a Counter Culture Coffee shipping box.

With notes of milk chocolate and vibrant berries, hologram is a great coffee for drinkers who want a deliciously complex coffee experience. some call it a classic mocha-java flavor, which we recreate with a blend of washed and naturally processed coffees. we put a tremendous amount of work into sourcing these coffees and combining them to create something multidimensional.

slow motion (organic): molasses, cocoa, smooth

Photo of a bag of Slow Motion coffee standing up on a surface in front of a large record collection. Next to the coffee is a figurine of a chicken.

We pay special attention to decaf because we know that people drink it for the taste, not for the taste. slow motion is delicious and decaffeinated by the swiss water process. slow motion reminds us of s’mores around the campfire. Consider this your go-to for coffee without the kick!

If you’re wondering which of these year-round coffees is an “espresso,” the answer is all of them! we believe that any coffee has the potential to be brewed to delicious taste with any brewing method. but if we had to choose, we generally suggest Big Trouble, Hologram, and Forty-Six for espresso brewing because of their flavor profiles.

These coffees cover a wide range of flavor profiles, with organic and decaf options. True to its name, you can drink these coffees all year round on our website. And if you love it, we even offer 5lb bags and year-round subscriptions of each blend for those who just can’t get enough. we hope you find this useful! If you have any questions or would like a recommendation on which coffee to buy, please contact us via the “contact us” button at the bottom of the page.

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