Monday, January 26, 2015

Hubbard & Cravens Coffee and Tea

For my first installment of "What's in Ott, A's Latte'?" I decided to stop in on a local coffee roaster that's been in business since 1991.  Hubbard & Cravens Coffee & Tea!  They have 4 locations in the Indy Metro area as well as providing coffee to numerous restaurants around town.  In fact 80 percent of their business is wholesale and it was while dining out where I personally heard about and tried their coffee..  Recently, I learned they had a coffee shops so I knew I had to stop in and drink more of their beans.
I sat down with one of their employees at their 49th & Pennsylvania street location for some "coffee talk" and learned of the owners travels all over the globe to source coffee beans.  The beans are graded on flavor and body and those that are top rated are then cupped (coffee tasting technique to evaluate the different characteristics of the bean) to ensure the aroma and flavor.  This process is done several times both during the growing phase and after harvest to ensure the perfect taste profile. And, if you follow along on their Instagram account you can view pictures of their travels and bean selections, as it's fascinating to see.
The coffee bean crop is seasonal, therefore the different blends of coffee offered for sale at Hubbard & Cravens changes throughout the year.  Since different regions of the world harvest their beans at different times of the year when the coffee bean offers the most flavor.  The variety of beans offered at different times of year changes to ensure a flavorful cup of coffee.

Once the beans are here in Indy additional work on roasting the beans to perfection is done in their test kitchen on ensure the distinct flavors they desire can be obtained.

While at Hubbard & Cravens I drank the Sobro Organic Blend.  These beans were sourced from Indonesia and East Africa and the cup had a bold initial flavor with a sweet finish.  And, of course I had to try a Lemon Poppy Seed muffin (which was delicious).

Looking ahead to the future the owners are looking outside the traditional coffee drinking regions of the world for new innovative ideas.  Places like Poland and Thailand have given them insight on coffee ice cubes and sweetened milk in coffee that will inspire them to new tastes and flavors back here in Indy.

Their coffee and teas can be purchased online or at their coffee shops and be on the lookout for their brews at some of your favorite restaurants.

Thanks to Hubbard & Cravens for hosting me for the day!

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