Our Coffees

At Blue State Coffee, our values dictate both the way we give back and the way we source our coffee. Along the supply chain, we work to ensure that our coffee is produced and transported in the most ethical and environmentally sustainable way possible. We travel to origin to meet with farmers and to pick the very best lots for our blends and single origin coffees, including our microlots, which are available in limited quantities. We're proud that our coffees are fairly traded, organic, and shade grown — and even more proud that we've had a hand in the journey from seed to cup, every step of the way.

The flavor notes we use to describe our coffees are provided by our Coffee Director as guidance for you in choosing among our coffees. We don't use any added flavors in our coffees, which allows you to enjoy the natural well-roasted coffee bean. We want you to love your coffee as much as we do - if you’d like a recommendation based on your preferences please email our Coffee Director, Gina, at Gina@bluestatecoffee.com

Our coffees

Our Signature Coffees
These are our signature coffees that we offer every day. They are always available at our stores and online.

True Blue (Organic) Our True Blue blends medium and dark roasted beans for a strong start and a refreshingly sweet finish. The current blend is Honduras and Sumatra.
Tasting notes: milk chocolate, full bodied, cherry

Liberty (Relationship Coffee) We love our Liberty: it’s sweet, tangy, and bright! This is a coffee perfect for brewing iced coffee.
Tasting notes: lemon, nutty, smooth

Decaf (FTO) It tastes just like regular coffee - velvety, rich, and downright delicious. But it's Decaf. We swear. Our decaf is decaffeinated using the Mountain Water Process method.
Tasting notes: hazelnut, milk chocolate, robust

Espresso #9 (Relationship Coffee) Our signature house espresso (used in-store at all our locations) has a smooth, medium body with bright citrus notes and a chocolaty finish. A seasonally changing blend, Espresso #9 currently contains beans from Honduras (FTO), Costa Rica (Relationship), and Sumatra (Organic).
Tasting notes: lemon, bright, velvety

French Roast (FTO) This is our darkest roast. Full bodied with dark cherry and caramel notes. We kept the dark roast lovers in mind when roasting this coffee!
Tasting notes: bold, cherry, caramel  

Single Origins
Single Origin coffees are each sourced from one specific region giving them a unique flavor profile. Below are the Single Origins we are currently featuring. 

Tanzania Mbeya Mwalyego When you drink our Tanzania Mbeya Mwalyego you are supporting a new and exciting Specialty Coffee region. Mwalyego is a 150 member cooperative just outside Mbeya in Southern Tanzania, at 4700 - 5000 feet above sea level. Women play a strong role in management of the coop, including holding board positions, and their charismatic chairman, Edson, is a passionate and pragmatic leader. Thanks to the focused work of the coop members and the investments and training provided by Crop to Cup importers and their partners, the quality of the coffee is comparable to that of much more developed regions. The coop has decided to forego the additional expense of certifications at this time since they have a direct partner in Crop to Cup, which pays them a premium and fosters quality initiatives. In the future we will be seeing a lot more delicious coffee coming from this area, which will boost the local economy and the livelihood of the coop members. 

Tasting notes: almond, date, honey

Malawi Mzuzu Women's (FT) This coffee lot is traceable to the women farmers of Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union. The coffee is grown on women-owned farms at 4000-6200 feet above sea level. The woman of the Coop have full decision-making power over their income and much of it is used to fund Woman in Coffee projects in the Mzuzu area. The local language name for this lot is Ama widu asele mu ulimi wa khofi ndi nthazi, translating to, “Our women have entered the coffee business with fire and vigor!” This empowering attitude shines through in the delicious flavor profile of their coffee. 

Tasting notes: cardamom, apricot, orange blossom

Microlots 2016-2017
Most of our microlots were chosen on our trips to origin and all of our microlots are delicious! We’ll be bringing them in throughout the year and tasting notes are added as we roast them. 

Costa Rica SHB Tarrazu "Las Palomas" Microlot (Relationship Coffee) Jorge Monge is the proud 3rd generation owner of the Las Palomas farm. The farm is located in the Tarbaca province of Tarrazu at approximately 6,000 feet, with the perfect balance of sun and shade. Jorge’s brother Carlos owns the adjacent farm, El Alto, which we also offered this year. Initially, both farms were producing specialty coffee under one name, “El Alto Las Palomas”, but upon the passing of their father the farm was split in two. We have been buying coffee from Jorge for nearly a decade and we’re proud to offer it again. 
Tasting notes: peach, tamarind, rock candy