New Year New Brew Giveaway Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE THE CHANCES OF WINNING.

  1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the http://zcob.me/nynbgiveaway and who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of the United States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.
  2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of Zingerman’s Coffee Company as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.
  3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, 12:00:01 EST and ending Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 11:59:59 EST. All online entries must be received by Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 11:59:59 EST.
  4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at http://zcob.me/nynbgiveaway. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Zingerman’s Coffee Company. You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of Zingerman’s Coffee Company.
  5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive:

Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at Zingerman’s Coffee Company discretion. The prize is non-transferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for Zingerman’s Coffee Company to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

  1. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  2. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by a random drawing under the supervision of Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Winner will be notified by email within five (5) days following selection of Winner. Zingerman’s Coffee Company shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT Zingerman’s Coffee Company‘s SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.
  3. Rights Granted by You: By entering this contest (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that Zingerman’s Coffee Company, anyone acting on behalf of Zingerman’s Coffee Company, and Zingerman’s Coffee Company’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Optional verbiage for Contests: By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of Zingerman’s Coffee Company. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Zingerman’s Coffee Company from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which Zingerman’s Coffee Company may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.
  4. Terms & Conditions: Zingerman’s Coffee Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond Zingerman’s Coffee Company’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, Zingerman’s Coffee Company may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Zingerman’s Coffee Company. Zingerman’s Coffee Company reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. Zingerman’s Coffee Company has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, Zingerman’s Coffee Company reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.
  5. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless Zingerman’s Coffee Company and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.
  6. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE STATE OF MICHIGAN, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in Michigan having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.
  7. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses website. To read the Privacy Policy, visit http://www.zingermanscommunity.com/privacy-policy/ .
  8. Winners List: To obtain a copy of the Winner’s name or a copy of these Official Rules, mail your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, 3756 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA. Requests must be received no later than December 31st, 11:59:59 PM EST.
  9. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is Zingerman’s Coffee Company, 3723 Plaza Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
  10. Facebook: The Campaign hosted by Zingerman’s Coffee Company is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook. Twitter: The Campaign hosted by Zingerman’s Coffee Company is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter. Instagram: The Campaign hosted by Zingerman’s Coffee Company is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram.
  11. By entering this contest here, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules. You also agree to Zingerman’s Community of Business using your likeness to promote this contest and sale of Zingerman’s Coffee Company products.

A Toast to Toast!

One-year anniversary of serving those super special toast combos at the Coffee Company!
Ari Weinzweig, CEO & Co-Founder of Zingerman’s 

toasts

This week we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of serving toast at the Coffee Company! Since I’m sitting in the coffee shop right now as I write, watching wonderful orders of incredible plates of toast delivered to customers’ tables…it’s hard to resist sticking in a toast to toast here! So toast, here’s to you! Happy Anniversary! And here’s to much more great toasting to come!

I think the eight toast offerings we’ve got at the coffee company are some of the most delicious new additions we’ve made in the ZCoB in the last year or two. All are, of course, built on a base of the Bakehouse’s marvelous bread. All have incredible toppings. (And if you don’t live in town, all can be replicated by mail ordering the ingredients and doing them at your house!)

The Michelle Ma’Belle toast still makes me smile every time I have a bite. A nice substantial slice of the Bakehouse’s Country Miche warm toast topped off with a generous spreading of the Creamery’s handmade artisan Cream Cheese and a healthy grinding of that same incredibly aromatic Tellicherry Pepper #10 that comes in from Kerala in southwest India. We finish it off with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil on the plate that you dredge the toast through before you take a bite. It all comes together to be one darned terrific piece of toast. I could eat this stuff every day!

But then there’s more…the Bulgarian toast has been the smash surprise hit—Sicilian Sesame Semolina toasted and topped with fresh goat cheese from the Creamery and Bulgarian lutenitsa (you may never have heard of it but it’s highly likely you’ll love it: a spread of peppers, eggplant and tomatoes!). Or the Portuguese toast—cinnamon raisin bread topped with extra virgin olive oil and cinnamon sugar. Or the Caviar of the South—pimento cheese on toasted Roadhouse bread! Or the English toast with cream cheese and cucumbers! Or the alliteratively and culinarily catchy Teutonic toast—the Bakehouse’s Dinklebrot (spelt bread) with cream cheese and wild Uzbek black cumin. And last, but not least, Lauren’s Sweet Heat—goat cream cheese, coffee blossom honey, and Korean red chile flakes on toasted Roadhouse bread! Makes me hungry just writing about them. Come by anytime—all these toasts are terrific for breakfast, lunch, snacks, or even an early evening meal (we’re open ’til 7).

 

Excerpt from Ari’s weekly Top 5 E-Newsletter. To stay in-the-know about things that Ari is excited about in the Zingerman’s family, sign up here

Project Pacamara

Steve Mangigian
Managing Partner of the Zingerman’s Coffee Company 

 

Zingerman’s has been working with Daterra Estate for about 15 years, since our days as a roaster in the corner of the Zingerman’s Mail Order warehouse back in 2003. Over the years, we’ve built a strong relationship that starts on the farm’s cupping table.

Every year, I trek down to visit our friends and coffee producers at Daterra Estate in Brazil, during the harvest season. The purpose of my visit is always two-fold: to taste (or, as we call it in the industry, “cup”) and select the varietals which make up our Espresso Blend #1 coffee (I’ll explain this process in a separate post – stay tuned!) to get an update on our experimental coffee plot. 

It’s quite the journey to get to the farm. I always fly into São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, and from there, catch another flight inland to the municipality of Uberlândia in the state of Minas Gerais. From the airport in Uberlândia, it’s a three-hour car ride through the Cerrado — a vast, lush, savanna ecoregion—to the Daterra farm. From my front door to the gate of the farm, it’s about an 24-hour trip, but, WOW, is it worth it!

White sign with black letters on a stake in front of a coffee plot which reads: "TB 13 Entrada Proibida"

“Entry Prohibited”. There is a plot in TB13 tabois designated to us.

Daterra Estate is owned by the Pasqual family. Patriarch Louis Pasqual comes from a family that started in auto parts and tire service centers in Brazil and became the largest tire distributor in the country. As a result of that success, the Pasquals created a foundation from which they were able to give back to the country that gave them so much. They tried a few ventures—first with milk, then fruits and cattle—until they settled on coffee. At the time, there was an opportunity to bring specialty coffee to Brazil. The Pasquals allowed the farm to grow and flourish for 10 years before selling a single cherry! They truly wanted to develop something great, and invested in building up a quality farm before getting started commercially. Today, Brazil is the largest exporter of coffee in the world, and Daterra is the 3rd largest farm in the entire country.

Managing Partner Steve Mangigian, squatting down to pet a very sweet and small short-haired, tan dog.

3 years ago, this pup just appeared onto the farm and took to me and has always been a highlight of my trips when i come each year. Her name is Joaquim. I tried to figure out a way to bring her here to States!

Given the scope of Daterra’s operation, the fact that they received the Rainforest Alliance’s first EVER Level-A certification for their sustainability practices is profoundly impressive. What does that look like, exactly? Well, 60% of the farm is uncultivated, meaning the natural ecosystem of the area can thrive. Also, Daterra has embarked upon research into biological activity in soils used for coffee cultivation in partnership with the University of Sao Paolo. The program, called “Bioterra”, tracks a particular enzyme shown to be a good marker of biological activity and abundance of bacteria and fungi in soil. Another initiative of the Bioterra program is intercropping of coffee lines, to promote microbial diversity in the soil. Daterra is on the cutting edge of sustainability, agronomy, and business models, and we are beyond proud to be one of their highest-level partners.

Farmer holding up, for comparison, two coffee plant seedlings in the nursery.

Root structure of seedlings in the nursery. During the period of time it is growing, caretakers do some pruning. The root structure of the seedling actually modifies to the pruning! Old roots fall away and new ones grow to give energy to areas of seedlings that are above the earth.

Our exciting project with Daterra Estate is cultivating the Pacamara varietal (if you’re not familiar with it, I found a great write-up here). I was struck by the immense size of the Pacamara bean during my first ever origin trip to El Salvador many years ago, and I knew I had to do something special with this varietal. Pacamara has not traditionally been grown in Brazil. Our 3-acre plot is on a high, flat plane in the Cerrado region of Brazil near the city of Patrocínio. It is amongst the best coffee producing areas in the country.

We made a commitment to the farm with the plot project we’re a part of and we go down at least once a year to check on the status of the program. This is the longest term project that the farm has ever embarked upon. This project is several years in the making and, if our plot turns out to be sustainable, it could go on for 20 years!

Close-up of Managing Partner Steve Mangigian's hand, holding in his palm two different coffee beans: one regular varietal and one Pacamara varietal, which is nearly twice as large.

Pacamara beans in comparison to a more common varietal – the Pacamara is quite a bit larger.

We have an odd varietal planted in a foreign country, and it will take longer to develop. We have an experiment within an experiment happening as well: half of the project is shade grown, the other half is indirect sunlight. At processing level, we’d like to have some of this coffee as natural, some as a pulp natural, and some washed and fermented. Probably honey as well! We’re not expecting a lot of fruit this year, but next year should be a different story. Daterra’s agronomist really likes the healthy & robust development of our seeds, optimistic about fruit our trees will produce. Flowering of the trees in September will be our next milestone marker to know what to expect in terms of cherry production.

Pacamara coffee has been described as creamy in texture with intense aroma, with a wide range of flavors that fall under ‘sweet’ or ‘fruity’ descriptors. It’s a unique cup of coffee for sure.

Daterra Estate may be the world’s most technologically advanced coffee grower. They pioneered the Penta(tm) System that ensures quality from the plants in the nursery to the shipping of the coffee beans. Our Brazilian coffees benefit from all of Daterra’s innovations including a 7-step sorting process which uses 2 different laser sorters. The finished coffee is then stored in perfectly climate controlled wooden silos and shipped to us monthly throughout the year for consistent quality year round.

Daterra’s attention to detail also extends to their care for people and the land. Their name means “from the earth”. Daterra has been preserving and restoring native forests, wildlife and waterfalls resulting in 50% of their land being designated Natural Preservation Areas. They also lean the industry with their on-site school for workers’ children and are highly sought in the area as the employer of choice.

We are proud of our work with Daterra Estate and are excited to taste the fruits of their innovation and experimentation with you in the future – stay tuned!