State of the State - February 2019

Dear Second State fans,

It has been a gray, wet winter, but despite nature's persistent attempts to throw us all into seasonal affective disorder, we have fought back with diligence, innovation, and re-engaging with the community that has supported us now for 7 strong years! In the roastery, the guys have hooked up an exciting open source software program called Artisan to our 15 kilo Loring Falcon roaster. This program has allowed us to really dial in the profiles of all our coffees to a degree we never have before. It has turned some of our assumptions about roasting on their head. In the last 2 months, we have noticed far greater clarity in each coffee we roast. It's a great reminder that even for us at Second State, there is always room for improvement, that there's always a second state!

Coffee Tip of the Month
If you buy coffee on our website or you're part of our subscription plan (link), freshness is probably something you care about. But did you know there's such a thing as too fresh? After coffee has been roasted, it will release CO2 and other volatile aromatic compounds. That's why most coffee bags have a one way valve on them. Depending on how a coffee has been roasted, it's typically best to let it off-gas for 3-7 days before trying to brew with it. Otherwise, it might taste uncharacteristically green or metallic. Weeks 1-3 are typically the prime consumption window where the coffee is going to taste best.

What We're Listening To
Ever Since I Lost My Mind by Susto
The new album by Charleston local Justin Osborne's band Susto just premiered this past Friday 2/22. We're showing him some love on State of the State and pointing you all to take a listen. The album shows greater maturity in song writing than past albums, more polished production values, and the same voice that Osborne has used to reverberate with the souls of all his fans. 

What We're Drinking
El Limonar from Huehuetenango, Guatemala. 
In Spanish, the word Limonar translates to "lemon," but references a lime, as Austin recently found out on his trip to the mountains of Colombia. Fittingly, this coffee offers a limey acidity backed up by a baker's chocolate sweetness. We purchased a very limited amount, so if you want a chance to try something special, head over to the website now. Going forward, we are offering free shipping on 3 bags of coffee or more! So grab a bag of El Limonar along with a couple other bags today!