Daily Archives: May 28, 2013

New Specialty Coffee from Colombia!

| May 28, 2013


Columbia Villa Maria

Most coffee farms in Colombia are relatively small, on average 1-2 hectares yielding 20 sacks of green coffee.  Consequently, Colombian coffee is usually exported as a blend of many small farms, either representing a cooperative or region. This past harvest we had the privilege of cupping many individual farmer lots and chose to focus on one of our favorite growing regions, Southern Huila.  This coffee, from the farm of Jesus Antonio Santamaria stood out on the cupping table with a distinct sweetness and mouth-feel.  It will only be available for a limited time and is not to be missed!

Jesus Antonio’s farm, Villa Maria, sits at 1500 meters in the community of Acevedo.  Coffee is harvested and processed with strict attention to detail and commitment to quality.  This microlot was harvested during the second semester, which spans from September to December.  After harvest, the coffee is pulped, fermented overnight, and then dried on covered patios.

Jesus Antonio is a member of the San Isidro cooperative, based in the town of Pitalito.  This cooperative has received recognition for the incredible quality of coffee that its members produce and for its commitment to the environment.  This region is teeming with wildlife, including species of birds found nowhere else in the world. In order to protect this biodiversity, the cooperative has purchased land for preservation.

Visit our information page for more details about Columbia Villa Maria or buy now!

Cubs and Cups!

| May 28, 2013


Looking for something fun to do with the family on the weekend? Come check out the lion cubs at the Woodland Park Zoo, and stop by the espresso stand at the south entrance for a cup of Caffe Vita and a visit with Jennah and Maurice!

Also, you can name their new otters, and win an ice cream party for 100!

Asian small clawed otter










The contest began Friday, May 24 and will continue through Saturday, June 15, 5:00 p.m. PST.

As a tribute to the otters’ native southern and southeastern Asia range, all qualified name entries must be submitted in the Malay language. The winning names will be chosen by a panel of zoo judges.

Follow these three simple steps to name our otters:
1.     Look up words or names in the Malay language. Choose two names, one for him and one for her.
2.     Pick up a ballot at any Seattle area Umpqua Bank store, clip out a ballot from select issues of The Seattle Times, or submit your otter names online at zoo.org/nametheotters.
3.     Wait until the final two names are chosen to find out if you won one of two grand prizes!
The Asian small-clawed otters debuted May 4 during the grand opening celebration of the new Bamboo Forest Reserve exhibit, but their welcome to Woodland Park Zoo won’t be complete without your help!
If you are looking for more ways to get involved, check out The Woodland Zoo’s website or Facebook page!  You can also follow them on Twitter!