"BIG CHIEF" HAS TOUCHED DOWN!

Mardi Gras Season is among us and we’re excited to kick off the celebrations this year with: “BIG CHIEF”. This exciting new blend of Central and South American coffees featured taste is: LEMON, FRUITY, WELL-ROUNDED & CREAMY flavor. With every purchase a portion will be donated to The House of Dance And Feathers which is dedicated to showcasing and preserving the great history of Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aid And Pleasure Clubs and The Skull & Bones Gangs started by: Ronald Lewis in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans.

Let’s get into the spirit with SPY BOY DOW, an original Mardi Gras Indian of the Mohawk Hunters; who’s energy will keep you on your feet this Mardi Gras Season!

Coffee n' Colombia

Coffee n' Colombia

Last month we took a sourcing trip to the beautiful country of Colombia. Our experience was extra special because of the sourcing of a Pink Bourbon (a rare blend cultivated from hybridization of Red and Yellow Bourbon) that originated in Colombia. This offering from producer Alvaro Perdomo is full of intense floral flavors w: cane sugar sweetness, lemon, & black tea. This very limited amount of coffee is available in store & online. Traveling and catching up with our Colombia family and bringing back the best to NOLA is what makes everything all worth it. We hope you enjoy!

Team visit to "Progress Milk Barn".

Our team made a recent trip to McComb, Mississippi to visit our friends at the:

“Progress Milk Barn” owned by the Mauthe Family.

“Passion, Progress, Pride Family owned and operated local dairy. Taking pride in providing to you glass bottled milk from our own cows” is how the family likes to describe their long running successful business.

We were very intrigued with the duties on a cow farm, the daily ins & outs and having a new experience to learn from. Here’s how we would describe our time on the farm:

“Very down to earth and welcoming group of people. They know what they are doing and they've made decisions to focus on quality over quantity -- from the type of grass they plant to not over-milking the cows (and they get up to milk 'em at 3:30AM!). Kenny (one of the Mauthe members) has a tremendous working knowledge of his clientele and makes nuanced adjustments to cater to their needs. He also knew the names of the few cows that greeted us in the pasture -- they all seemed healthy/happy.”

- Dom Vittitow | “Director of Education”

"French Truck Christmas"

Our holiday blend of South and Central American coffees create a warm, full bodied cup that will put you in the holiday spirit, just like Saint Nick himself. How else do you think he got the job done? In celebration of this holiday season, French Truck Coffee would like to wish everyone a cheerful holiday season and check out our featured Christmas campaign featuring Santa Claus enjoying our “LA FÊTE DE NOËL”. Available online & in-store!

credits:

Photography: Rasharie Brown | Wayne Jones

Creative Direction: Rasharie Brown

Models: Vanessa & Brennen

Make-up: Amanda Lee

Lighting: Kevin Clark

Assst: Justin Jones & Jabari H.

FEATURED Home: available here

Mr. Girma is back!

For the second year in a row, we are offering a washed Ethiopian from one of our favorite producers, Mr. Girma Eshetu. In January of 2017, we were able to spend some time with Mr Girma on his estate and even camped with him and his son on the farm. We can attest he runs his estate with precision and takes very good care of everyone involved. We are very excited to be offering this coffee again, and see what this year’s harvest brought to the table.

Mr. Girma has been running his family Estate for about 20 years. It is located in the Keffa Zone, which is just west of Jimma, and Northwest of the famed Yirgacheffe region. While not as well-known as the regions of Sidamo and Yirgacheffe there are some really amazing coffee here. Over the next couple of years, it is very likely we will see more and more coffee. coming out of this region

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The estate is located deep in the forest in what is known as the Afromontane rainforest, a sub region of eastern Africa. Black colobus monkeys swing high up in the canopies of Mr Girma’s Estate, along with a variety of birds and other plants species. A natural spring located high up in the estate provides a small, but steady river and is the only water source for the farm.

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Mr. Girma produces organic, shade grown coffee. Ancient forest trees tower over the farm providing just enough shade for the coffee plants to thrive. About 20 people live on the farm year-round, with that number swelling to about a 100 during picking farm season. There is ample housing for the pickers to live and work on the farm during this busy season. For the 20 year round workers, it is very much a family environment, and this coffee is their livelihood. They work very hard, only picking ripe cherries, and use the best processing methods. Mr Girma is committed to improving living conditions on the farm.

Using the water from the river on the estate, to process his washed coffee, the coffee is fermented for 42 hours before being washed and dried on raised beds for 10-12 days. We think a longer fermentation than normal yields a much sweeter, juicier cup of coffee. The Varietal is a heirloom varietal that has existed for hundreds of years in the forest of Ethiopia. The result is a classic washed Ethiopian Profile, that sparkles with sugary citric acidity.

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Guatemala HueHuetenango

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AGROBASA MICRO LOT

Region: La Democracia HueHuetenango

Variety: MaragoGype

Altitude: 1400 MASL

Proc Method: Washed

Farm: Buenos Aires Huixoc

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This latest Micro Lot offering from Guatemala is a result of our trip this past spring. While Cupping through almost 100 samples, we were able to Identify this Lot as one we wanted to bring home! The road to HueHuetenango is an arduous one! There is no airport close by, so no matter how you get there, you are looking at many long hours in a bus and bumpy, windy roads. However, once you get there you are in the center of the most famous coffee growing region in Guatemala. A region that French Truck has been buying from for the last 5 years. This particular harvest was a very good year for Guatemalan coffee’s and the region of HueHuetenango, specifically. Many of the Microlot samples we tried early on that were cupping at 86-87 are now cupping at 88-89. After a few months post-harvest, they have settled down and are cupping very high!

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This year we are proud to offer an exciting micro lot from the producers at Agrobasa. Agrobasa is run by a young couple with a long history of growing coffee in the family. We were able to visit their farm, see them harvesting first hand, and get a sense of their farming practices. For Instance, they built a small reservoir on the farm to enable irrigation of the coffee plants. By doing this they ensured the coffee trees would get the right amount of water and at the right time, to help strengthen the harvest and consistency of flowering. Maybe the most interesting thing about the farm, was they had a herd of goats on the farm, working to help clear the land. Goats are great browsers and they love to eat weeds and invasive plant species. Assuming they don’t eat all the coffee cherries this is a very cool idea!

Finca Buenos Aires sits at a very high altitude, with dry air, and it was previously thought that the altitude was too high to grow coffee. However, with some innovative farming techniques and a lot of hard work the coffees from Agrobasa have been stellar. Another interesting note about this coffee is it’s a Maragogype Varietal. Maragogype is a variety of Arabica that produces a very large bean. It may sound familiar because it is half of the genetic makeup of Pacamara. It is a natural mutation that appeared spontaneously near the town of Maragogype, in the Bahia state of Brazil. The Maragogype is known for its big body and smooth mouthfeel, many famers in Huehue will keep a small amount of Maragogype to drink for themselves!

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After Picking, cherries are depulped the same day and fermented dry (without water) for 36 hours. Then they are washed twice, and dried on raised beds for approximately two weeks or until they reach 10-12% moisture. Again, as with many of our previous Micro-lots, this is a fantastic example of a fully traceable farm to cup coffee. We are very excited to be showcasing the hard work from the producers at Agrobasa

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