Coffee & Tea

The Bikery Cafe

Located in Downtown St. Petersburg, FL

Our Coffee This Week:

Espresso Blend: Chimera from Zeal Coffee Roaster, Tampa

Check out our profile on Zeal Coffee Roaster on our blog

 

Espresso Single Origin: Ethiopia Natural Limu, Zeal Coffee Roasters

Ethiopian Nigusse Lemma Limu comes from a family-owned farm in Meto Gundb, in the Limu region of southwestern Ethiopia. The farm owner, Lemma Edeto, began working with coffee nearly 60 years ago and has passed down his knowledge to his two sons Haile and Nigusse.  Lemma recovered the farm after it had been confiscated by the Derg in the 1970’s.  Now both sons are responsible for maintaining the farm. The Lemma family also processes their coffee, giving them full control over the finished product right up to the final export stage. In February 2014, Nigusse and his family were recognized for winning the African Taste of Harvest Competition, an award given by the African Fine Coffee Association.

 

Espresso Decaf: Colombia Planadas – Sugar Cane process – Hangar Coffee Roasters, Saint Petersburg

Tasting Notes: Sweet Black Cherry, Apple, Cocoa

Decaf with flavor? Yes, it does exist. We were shocked too, but mission accomplished!

Die-hard decaf drinkers can enjoy this coffee for the coffee… without worrying about the health issues, or being up all night!

Producer: Finca Manantiales
Experience coffee from one of Colombia’s most prestigious coffee estates. Manantiales is well known for their competition coffee.

Variety: Red Bourbon
Exhibits sweet, complex flavors with a round body.

Process: Sugar Cane Decaffeination
Sugar cane naturally dissolves caffeine without compromising coffee quality or flavor… Welcome to the new dawn of Decaf!

 

Our Brewed Coffees at the Bar:

Onyx Geometry Blend:

Geometry, not only is it a subject that I always thought I did well in until I got my report card, but it is the name of this delicious blend. Between just you and me, this isn’t a new blend for us. Our Framily: holiday blend was so popular and super yummy, that we decided to keep it around for awhile.

Geometry has been defined as “describing spaces that lie beyond the normal range of human experience.” Soon it will also be defined as “that coffee from Onyx that I am in love with and completely redefined my relationship with coffee.”

Component 1: Colombia San Rafael

Component 2: Ethiopia Hambela Buku Washed

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1700 – 2200 Meters

Cup: German Chocolate Cake, Maple, Blueberry, Mint & Spice

 

Onyx Sugar Skull Blend:

Creating a blend is like choosing a color palate for a canvas. For us, Sugar Skull embodies the wonderful relationships between a citric acidity balance and wonderful, full bodied chocolates. We serve this every day and find it comfortable, yet surprisingly complex and sophisticated. We brew this with all devices, all day long.

Component 1: Colombia Narñio Cusillo

Component 2: Colombia Estaban Pillimué

Component 3: El Salvador Finca Santa Rosa

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1500 – 2100 Meters

Cup: Milk Chocolate, Candied Walnuts, Orange Zest

 

Nitro & Cold Brew coffee:

Onyx Cold Brew

Lower in acidity and high in sugar browning, this coffee reacts well with fats in dairy or tastes smooth and sweet on its own. Designed for cold extraction. ENJOY!

Origin: Colombia

Region: Antioquia

Farm: San Antonio

Process: Washed

Elevation: 1650 meters

Varietal: Caturra, Typica, Bourbon

Cup: Cocoa, Dates, Brown Sugar, Stone Fruit, Creamy

 

Our Retail Coffee:

Onyx Rwanda Gishamwana Island  12oz $21

Rwanda Gishamwana Island is on Lake Kivu, which is is one of the African Great Lakes. It lies on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. On that island is a beautiful private coffee estate owned by Emmanuel Rwakagara. His coffees have incredible delicate herbaceous notes, and sweet floral citrus flavors that present some of the best Rwanda has to offer.

Origin: Rwanda

Region: Lake Kivu

Farm: Gishamwana Island

Process: Washed, Raised Drying Beds

Elevation: 1600 Meters

Varietal: Bourbon

Producer: Emmanuel Rwakagara

Cup: Floral, Lemongrass, Tangy Citrus, Brown Sugar

 

Onyx Ethiopia Hambela Buku Natural 12oz $19

Onyx Geometry Blend  12oz $16

Onyx Sugar Skull Blend 12oz $15

 

 

 

 

 

Our Coffee Roasters

We  offer fine coffees from craft roasters selected on a weekly basis.  Right now we are serving beautiful single origin coffees from Onyx Coffee Lab.  Onyx is an award winning roaster located in Arkansas.

Each coffee is hand crafted by roasting batches under twenty pounds and by cupping to ensure the correct visuals, aromatics, and tastes of all beans. This can not be replicated on any large scale. Period.

Coffee Freshness

At The Bikery we believe really fresh coffee is critical when trying to achieve “Beautiful Coffee” in a cup.  Much like produce or freshly baked bread, once coffee beans have been roasted they will produce the very best coffee for a limited period of time.  For a day or two after roasting  coffee is allowed to “off gas” or release carbon dioxide. . . and from that point on the clock is ticking.  As long as the coffee beans are not ground and they are kept cool – they should be at the peak of flavor for at the most 4 weeks.

Our experience has been that coffee beans of different types and from different countries have a ‘premium quality’ shelf life that will vary from as short as one week and then as long as maybe a month.  For example I have found that an Ethiopian Guji Hambela natural (one of my all time favorite coffees) seemed to have very long legs and would brew  great coffee even a month after roasting.  Sadly, I have also fallen in love with a wonderful and very complex Columbian coffee that seemed to loose a great deal of its magic after only 7 or 8 days.  That Columbian was by no means ‘bad coffee’ after one week and would very likely still be better tasting than 95% of the coffee consumed outside of the specialty coffee world . . . but day 8 was a disappointment when compared to day 3 or 4.

 

At The Bikery we make every effort to serve the freshest coffee possible.  Every Tuesday we visit the Roastery at Buddy Brew Craft Coffee in Tampa and pick up our just roasted coffee.  The idea is to have very little coffee remaining in the shop Tuesday morning from the previous week.  Our coffee coming from our “guest roaster” will take 3 to 4 days to arrive after it has been roasted.   That coffee is also meant to be sold or served within 10 days of arrival at our store.

 

If you stop by The Bikery on a Monday or Tuesday morning you will often find the shelves almost empty of bagged coffee for sale.  As our bagged coffee approaches what we feel to be the “premium quality” shelf life for that coffee we remove the bagged coffee from the shelf and brew it.

The Tea Source

Our teas are provided by The Tea Source.

The Tea Source is a provider of some of the best values in fine teas and tisanes from around the world. The Tea Source offers only the highest quality tea, accessories, and service.

TeaSource was founded 19 years ago in a spare bedroom and a little warehouse packing space.  There are now  more than 9,000 square feet of space devoted to importing, blending, warehousing, and sales. The Tea Source typically carry more than 230 teas, and  have new teas arriving every month.