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Brown Coffee Company  San Antonio's first and favorite craft coffee bar sourcing and roasting coffees directly from coffee farmers.

The future. (Well, some of it. The other guys are hanging out on the other side of the house.)

Beauty emerges from the ground like a tiny resurrection.
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TEN YOU DIG IT?>> Fall hours arrive at Brown 1800 in just TEN DAYS with half price happy hour drinks weekdays 5-7p. Plus! TEN DOLLAR COFFEE BAGS all weekend at Brown HQ and Brown Southtown Pop Up. Lucky you.
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CONTROL>> What's the story with the "Controlled Natural Process" version of Las Delicias currently available at Brown? Basically, it's these beautiful mechanical dryers shown here--known throughout Latin America as "guardiolas." Most natural process coffees are dried in the sun by humans and turned regularly--or semi-regularly, or kinda somewhat regularly, as the case may be--to aid in even drying, i.e., to avoid moldy taints from wet beans sitting too long without even exposure to the tropical sun. But distracted drying is sorta like distracted driving: it only takes a small lapse in attention to wind up in the proverbial ditch on the side of the road. Enter the mechanical dryer. It doesn't sleep. It never needs a coffee break or a potty break. It just does what it's supposed to do, which is gently and evenly tumble-dry coffee beans down to the perfect moisture level. Many producers poo-poo mechanical dryers as a somehow less "romantic" method of drying versus the iconic mill workers slowly raking patios of parchment in geometrically mesmerizing patterns. Others concede the superior consistency from guardiolas, but only use them on certain washed process coffees. (Operating expense is sometimes cited as a reason not to use guardiolas more; but most I've seen are fueled with a combination of last season's parchment and a few wood logs...not exactly a huge production cost.) But what if we ask a different question, namely, what would happen if we dried a natural process coffee lot in guardiolas instead of outside on a patio, subject to mother nature and said human distractions? What if we could mitigate one of the biggest problems so many naturals suffer from--that stemmy, unclean, semi-moldy taste running just beneath the surface that always reminds me of biting into a fruit I just dropped in the dirt...tastes that come from improper drying? Could a naturally sweet, fruit-forward coffee benefit from such a "controlled natural process" experiment? Our good friend Don Miguel Menendez agreed to try this for us this year with coffee from Las Delicias in El Salvador, one of our all-time favorite farms. We think he knocked it out of the park. What do you think?

Just twelve sleeps until Fall Hours are back at Brown 1800. Mon-Fri 7a-9p & Sat-Sun 8a-9p with HAPPY HOUR Half Price Drinks 5-7p every weekday.

Sweet. Juicy. Round. Like fleshy peaches or rich blood oranges. Meaty. (Yes, that satisfying umami sensation.) Dark honey. You might be forgiven if you didn't think, "coffee" just then. Unless, that is, you've experienced Githembe, perhaps one of Kenya's best kept coffee secrets. It's a secret I first discovered in 2015 after cupping over 300 coffees in three days in this very laboratory on the outskirts of Nairobi in a hectic hunt for the quintessential Kenya coffee (a hunt I actually made a documentary movie out of, called "Coffee Hunting: Kenya," in case you were wondering). And this secret gem of a coffee is almost exclusively Brown's secret, since I learned this past December when I visited Githembe, that Brown purchases almost 90% of Githembe's annual AA production. So if you want to try this perennial favorite of ours, swing into any of our San Antonio cafes, or order a bag online. Suddenly, those taste descriptors will come alive in your cup and I guarantee you'll fall for this coffee as hard as I did. .
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Starting Sunday August 19 we're back to 9pm closes every night of the week with HALF PRICE Happy Hour drinks every weekday from 5-7p. School's back and so are we.

HOT FRUIT>> Drying parchment in "hot houses" plays a crucial role in sugar development and if done properly, can lead to strikingly fruit-forward coffees. Here we see yellow honey on the top right beds, above white honey bottom right, with full naturals top left and in the back top right it's red honey. The amount of mucilege left to dry on the parchment covered coffee beans will determine how dark the sticky (hence the term, "honey") sugars will become and how intense the perception of ripe fruit will ultimately present itself in the cup. More mucilege=darker honey. Warmer temperatures inside the hot houses help parchment and bean fibers swell open to allow external mucilege sugars to penetrate deeper into the beans. This hot house is at Tonio Barrantes' Herbazu Mill, where he processes the stunning Finca Lorena, a coffee that makes its Brown debut this Fall. We have so many beautiful coffees currently on hand and about to arrive here soon that it almost doesn't seem fair to run up the score like this. But we will because that's what we do, and it's because we love you, #sanantonio. .
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Just you take a guess who's guest barista-ing at Brown HQ tomorrow, making dranks and flinging TEN DOLLAR COFFEE BAGS? Just guess. Doors at nine y'all.
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Summertime = give them #coffee plants plenty of shade. Also = Southtown Pop Up starts/ends an hour earlier (8a-11a) with TEN DOLLAR COFFEE BAGS all weekend long there and at Brown HQ. (Double also = I'm very confused about this Typica treeling that really isn't leafing out like a "typical" Typica.)
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