A Single-Origin Coffee IPA Collaboration with Coava Coffee Roasters
“I always know I like a beer when I think about it the hours or days after I last tried it. So it was with Java the Hop…” –Jeff Alworth – Beervana
Months ago at a Portland coffee shop near you, Fort George and Coava Coffee Roasters shook hands, shared pints, and joined forces on the latest Fort George 16-oz canned seasonal – Java the Hop. The focus was on simplicity: find the perfect coffee and hop to blend in an IPA.
Single bean – Ethiopian Kochere, locally roasted at Coava Coffee Roasters. “Kochere is the name of a co-op located in the village of Chalalacktu. The people of Chalalacktu take great pride in their coffee and carefully reinvest the income they make from it into their community,” explains Matt Brown, Director of Wholesale at Coava Coffee Roasters. “Sweet tea, bergamot, and jam keep us coming back to Kochere as the standard for what an Ethiopian natural process coffee can be.”
Single hop – Amarillo from Virgil Gamache Farms.
This variety, grown only in Washington State, gives this IPA a citrusy flavor that pairs perfectly with the fruity notes of lightly roasted Kochere beans. Virgil Gamache Farms is a family owned business, currently in its third generation, and the exclusive producer of Amarillo hops.
Java the Hop is NOT a black, coffee beer. Whole-beans were added to the fermenters within 24 hours of roasting, capturing all of the aroma while leaving the beer a golden orange. Amarillos and coffee merged, hoppy with a subtle taste of chocolate (but not on the dark side). When you raise a pint of Java the Hop to the nose there is absolutely no doubt what you are getting – a coffee IPA.