• Jan 13
    2014

    Believe it or not in just over a month we have another holiday to celebrate. For you folks out there scratching your heads trying to figure it out, here is a hint: Valentine's Day! Who doesn't like another reason to share their love! While most of us celebrate with food in some way or another, there are some of us that like to show our affection with a special drink. More specifically, coffee! Here at O'Henry's we've been selling and serving up our own version of a special Valentine's celebration, Valentine's Blend, since 2000. We roll it out this week in our stores and online. It will be available until it runs out mid-February. 

    Valentine's Blend is a six bean blend and flavored with a special mix of Amaretto and Swiss Chocolate. Love it or hate it, Valentine's Blend is only here for a short time. So don't miss your chance! Get this coffee while it's available and enjoy this brew made with all you lover's in mind!

    This post written by: Mike 

     

     


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  • Happy one month anniversary to our newest location, Highland Park! This past week marked the official first month since opening on Highland Ave. 

    Thank you all for your support and encouragement in getting O'Henry's up and open to serve you coffee! It has been a wonderful experience so far; we've met so many new people and are excited to meet even more as you come in and get comfortable at one of our tables. We have been so encouraged by how welcoming the neighborhood has been to us. From folks stopping in just to say hi and welcome us to our neighbors at Rojo showing us wonderful hospitality and support we have been blown away.

    If you haven't stopped in yet, you are in for a treat. The new space looks like a smaller version of the original Homewood location. We went so far as to search for brick from the same era that the original store was built in, and decorated the place with 1950s decor in honor of the decade the Sheraton was built. You can come in and order any coffee or espresso based drink our other locations offer or choose from twenty or so coffees from our wall to take for home use.

    If you enjoy hanging out with a crowd of people, stop in and see us on Friday and Sunday nights. Tables are full, guests are laughing and having fun with friends.  Make sure you get to know our staff! They spent a lot of time in intense training getting prepared for the opening. They have worked hard to learn what we do, and they are eager to share it with you. So stop in and say hello!

    We look forward to meeting you all!   - O'Henry's Staff 

     


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  • Ethiopia has long been associated with coffee. In fact, it is considered to be the birthplace of coffee; which was discovered in the country in the tenth century. Many of you may have heard the story about Kaldi, a goat herder, who one day found that his goats were acting very strangely. Upon further inspection he discovered they had been eating a red cherry which caused them to act differently. After trying the cherry himself he found it had a similar effect on him. And the coffee cherry was then discovered. 

    Ethiopia's landscape is ideal for growing great coffee, with several high mountain ranges. These mountain ranges have produced some great coffees. The most notable regions are Sidamo, Harrar, and Yirgacheffe. O'Henry's sources beans from the Yirgacheffe region, which is located in Southwestern Ethiopia.

    In general, Ethiopian coffees produce flavor profiles that have both winy and fruity acidity with floral undertones. Notes of blueberry and mango have been described when tasting certain Ethiopian coffees.  Next time you try a cup, see if you can pick out these flavors!


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  • As the head roaster, being asked to write about one coffee in particular can be a difficult thing for me to do. Especially, when you consider the wide variety of coffees that we offer at O’Henry’s. Granted, I have the perk of being able to drink any coffee I desire at a moment’s notice while working at the office, it is rare that I indulge in more than 3 cups a day at most. If given a choice of my personal favorites to pick I have 5 coffees that top the list without question. Of those 5 coffees, I would like to talk about my personal favorite Java Private Estate.

    I have long appreciated the history behind the cup of coffee called Java. It is not only synonymous with a regular cup of Joe, but also represents one of the many volcanic islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. Coffee was first cultivated in the lowlands of the island of Java in the late 1600’s and was widely traded by the early 1700’s. It is a key component in the famous blend of Mocha Java. We are one of the few roasters in the country who still do it the traditional way by blending 50% each of Yemen Mocca Mattari and Java Private Estate. In the late 1800’s coffee farming was moved into the higher elevations of Java to escape the rust prone lowland areas. When this move took place it brought the coffee farming closer to the highly prized volcanic soil conditions of Eastern Java. Not only that, it took the coffee to higher elevation which allows the coffee cherry to mature at a more optimal rate ensuring the coffee produced is of a higher quality and better concentration than the lower grown coffees. All of the Java coffees we purchase are grown in the far Eastern edge of the island of Java in what is called the Ijen Plateau not too far from the majestic Raung Gunung Volcano. This particular area is well known for its unusual class of volcanoes called stratovolcanoes. 

    Enough talk of volcanoes right, let’s get to the coffee ? All Java coffees are wet-processed which gives them a cleaner tasting coffee and often brighter acidity unlike their other Indonesian cousins Sumatra and Celebes. In the cup you will find a distinctive taste of chocolate, spice, lavender and dried cherry. I find the sweetness, depth and perfume- like aroma of this coffee beckons me to come back day after day. I would be surprised if you didn’t agree, take a journey to the other side of the globe and find out for yourself. You won’t regret it!

     

    Mike



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