In celebration of our new holiday blend—Cozy Striped Sweater—we sat down with Linea founder Andrew Barnett to learn a little more about brewing coffee during the holidays and how coffee can fit into any holiday celebration. Light a fire in the stove, grab a coffee, and snuggle up with a blanket.
How do you see coffee fitting into the holiday tradition?
Coffee naturally brings people together and heightens emotion and memory. Some of my favorite memories are holiday mornings with family sipping coffee and actually taking the time to connect.
When I was young, my mom always had coffee in the percolator, and it is such a good memory to think of that smell in our house. I’m thrilled to think of people having a holiday coffee moment that is maybe a bit more delicious than that coffee was. (laughs)
How do you like to brew your coffee during the holidays?
If you are going to have gatherings or if you want to have coffee on hand, it is nice to be able to brew a bigger batch of coffee. I usually prefer a pour over, whether that is a Chemex or a Hario V60. But, recently we are also encouraging people to explore brewing with a coffee machine like the Bonavita Connoisseur. We find that these brewers brew at the correct temperature and brew into a carafe that keeps your coffee hot while not baking it on a hotplate. It is a great option for those who want to keep great tasting coffee on tap during the holidays.
When you think about the coffee you want to share during the holidays, what do you think of?
When I’ve had the privilege of tasting coffees with some of my respected colleagues from around the world, I’ve been fascinated when they describe a coffee as having “holiday notes.” I always love to hear how people from different cultures think of the flavors that denote holiday to them. For me, it is deep sweetness, chocolate, spices and a touch of citrus. This year we created a new winter blend called Cozy Striped Sweater that is a blend of two coffees from Peru. Our goal was to create a blend that exhibited the notes I most associate with holiday and roast it to a level that would appeal to everyone in the family. It’s perfect paired with cream in a mug on a cold morning.