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Sample - St Peters

This week we visit Sample, an OG roaster out of St Peters who recently received the B-Corp certification. Congrats to them! If you don’t know what a B-Corp is, they are businesses that reached the highest standard off verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Read more about them here.


Sample Coffee is a deliberately small business that believes in the power of little things making a big impact.

Thinking about tomorrow’s coffee ritual makes us just as excited as a kid before a school trip. And we acknowledge that this feeling is only made possible by the dedication of many individuals. From the grower back at origin to the roaster here at home; every tiny part counts.

Our daily work focuses on offering a consistently high-quality coffee experience in balance with a responsible business practice based on respect, generosity and joy. We do this by being present, paying attention to the small details and investing in long-term relationships with those who also care about their communities and lands.

From little things, big things grow.

Today we are featuring 4 coffees from Sample. They’re two delicious blends and two small crop singles. Read about them below.


Pacemaker - Blend

66%: Colombia - El Meridiano
34%: Ethiopia - Telila

Roast date - 04/01/2022

Process - Washed

Flavour notes - Dark chocolate, Cherry, Vanilla


Sweet tooth - Blend


66%: Colombia - Arsosala
34%: Ethiopia - Andino

Roast date - 04/01/2022

Process - Washed / Natural

Flavour notes - Milk chocolate, Raspberry, Cookie dough


Girma Sintayehu, Ethiopia


Girma Sintayehu is a single-farm lot from Kochere, in the southwest of Ethiopia.

Most Ethiopian coffees take the name of the regional cooperative where they get processed—you may be familiar: Nano Chala, Duromina, or Jabanto, all cooperatives which we’ve shared previously. These coffees represent the work of numerous smallholders, as all the lots of cherries get combined and processed at the collective facilities.

Jabanto farmers business group is a cooperative of 87 farmers who have started highlighting all exceptional lots, sold under that farmer’s name.

This feature mechanism gets them better prices to match the quality and is a good source of dignity and motivation to keep up the good work year after year.

Girma Sintayehu is an excellent sample of Jabanto’s line of production.

Roast date - 04/01/2022

Varietal - Ethiopian Heirloom

Process - Washed

Altitude - 1900-2100 masl

Flavour notes - Peach, Toffee, Apricot


Fina Noelia, Guatemala

Pablo Bamaca owns a 1.68-hectare farm called Noelia, where he grows Bourbon and Caturra varieties under a cover of shade. His farm is certified organic, and butts right up against a mountain range at high elevation: over 2,200 meters. Coffee on Finca Noelia is picked ripe and depulped the same day, then fermented dry for 18–28 hours. It’s washed two or three times to remove the mucilage, then dried on patios for three or four days.


Roast date - 04/01/2022

Varietal - Caturra, Bourbon

Process - Washed

Altitude - 2261 masl

Flavour notes - Raisin, Toffee



Espresso - 9 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2.2 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time


Espresso - 6 bar

Brew ratio - 1:2.5 (dry coffee : espresso liquid)

Temp - 94 Deg C

Time - 25-30 seconds.

*Adjust grind size to achieve the desired time



Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:15 (dry coffee:water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Flow rate - fast

*Adjust grind size to achieve desired flow rate


Temp - off the boil

Ratio - 1:14 (dry coffee : water)

Bloom - 30 seconds

Brew time - 90 seconds (including bloom)

Press consistently over 15-20 seconds.


Stove top

Ratio - 1-15 (dry coffee : water)

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