It’s Thirsty Thursday and
I just Discovered My New Favorite Coffee
I’m always drawn to people that are genuinely passionate about their craft and I truly believe they deliver the best product. There’s no hiding the soul behind Ruby Colorful Coffees, a relatively new roaster from Madison, Wisconsin. Take one look at their website and you’ll see it’s all heart. Their tagline reads, “We absolutely love clean, sweet, juicy, COLORFUL COFFEES.” Jared Linzmeier, a former barista at Intelligentsia, even named the company after his grandmother. Incidentally, he’s roasting some of the best beans in the midwest, all of which are sourced ethically, mindfully, and seasonally then gently roasted to extract the purest flavors.
I originally discovered Ruby at Olivia’s Market, a local boutique grocer with an exquisitely curated inventory. I purchased the Rwanda Gitesi, which smelled like a meadow of orange blossoms and tasted like overripe kumquats – truly a juicy, colorful cup of coffee. A couple weeks later, I was delighted to discover their El Salvador at Worm Hole, a coffee shop in Wicker Park. The brew was as clean as rain with flavors of yogurt, milk chocolate, and green almonds and a bright, citrus finish. I hear they have a seasonal blend called “Creamery,” an homage to Wisconsin’s “history of making milk into wonderful things and also that intoxicating swirl of a touch of cream added to your cup.” Pitter-patter.
Ruby Colorful Coffees are rich and complex, so pair with a cheese that can compliment but not overwhelm the delicate notes. Think aromatic washed-rind cheese with a fatty, mild paste. Try Ameribella from Jacobs & Brichford in Indiana and an almond biscotti .