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InstaMeet For a Cause

Newsletter Instameet


Temple loves Instagram. On December 20th, we’re hosting an Instameet for a Cause. The idea is simple: local Instagrammers (and regular folk, too!) will meet at our 1010 9th St. retail location, each bringing a gift for donation to the Sacramento Children’s home. From there, attendees will talk photography, take photos, drink coffee, and explore downtown Sacramento. It’s a great way to put a face to those inspiring Instagram accounts you’ve been following and meet new people in our community.
BONUS: All gift donating participants will receive 5 EXTRA ENTRIES in our current Holiday Giveaway Contest, the one where we’re giving away a $300 Techniworm MoccaMaster just by joining our newsletter. Not into Instagram? You can still donate, and still receive your extra entries between 10am-noon. Winners will be notified by e-mail, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter by visiting the homepage.

Top 30 Coffees of 2014

After being awarded the #1 Coffee of 2013 by CoffeeReview last year, we’re pleased to announce that TWO of our coffees made this year’s list. First, our Kenya Makwa AB came in at No. 19 with all its orange and dark chocolate goodness. And who can forget our Panama Los Lajones Bambu Geisha and its distinct stone fruit intensity and soft, silky body? This one ranked No. 5 in the world.

Of course, coffees are seasonal and most that made the list are long gone. But if you’re looking for similar offerings, check out our Panama La Esmeralda Geishaand Kenya Gachika AA and decide for yourself if these will make the list next year!

Farm to Cup: Brazil (Part Three)



Day 5, Thursday, July 31
Went to visit Ismael of Capim Bronco and Sao Siilvestre, “large” farms in Cerrado.  These two farms are close to the highest elevation, if not the highest elevation in Cerrado at 1200-1300masl.  Ismael started a micro lot project last year, and is continuing this year with good success. 

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Farm to Cup: Brazil (Part Two)



Day 3, Tuesday, July 29


It was cold last night. Didn’t sleep very well, especially with the packs of barking dogs outside. Woke up this morning at 8am, took a shower, and lost power halfway through. That’s the way to wake up: ice cold shower… After a breakfast of bread, cheese, ham and eggs, we’re moving to visit Sergio at Serra Do Bone, and the owner of the Hotels farm.


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Farm to Cup: Brazil (Part One)



Last week, Temple’s Director of Coffee Eton Tsuno traveled to Brazil to source this year’s Farm to Cup Brazilian coffees. We had him track his experience with live journal entries each day.


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City Scout x Temple: The Coffee Story


Temple Coffee recently teamed with City Scout, a new lifestyle guide for all things hip in Sacramento. Last week, we unveiled The Coffee Story, a five-part blog series that traces key figures and positions that contribute to bringing you your daily cup of coffee. You can view the culminating video counterpart above, and visit to view The Coffee Story blog series.


Ethiopia Boke Washed Grade 1

Temple Coffee Ethiopia Boke Washed 95 points


We’re thrilled to announce our Ethiopia Boke Washed Grade 1 has received a 95 point review on!



“Delicate but rich; fine, layered complexity. Lilac, honey, apricot, raspberry, sandalwood, much more in aroma and cup. Gently bright, lively, almost effervescent acidity; lightly syrupy, buoyant mouthfeel. Flavor consolidates, though the floral note in particular persists in a long, resonant finish.” 

To purchase, click here. For full review, visit


Temple Coffee x Ice House Reservoir

Temple Coffee recently took its staff on a four day camping retreat in beautiful Ice House, California. We had a blast kayaking, fishing, swimming, cooking, making camp fires, telling stories, and getting to know everyone a little bit better. You can view pictures of our adventure on our Facebook page.

Coffee Review’s Top US Coffee Cities: Sacramento Makes the Cut



















Sacramento makes’s list of Top US Coffee Cities, showing yet again why Sacramento is becoming widely recognized as a destination location for specialty coffee lovers. With 47 of the 49 coffees reviewed from Sacramento, Temple Coffee is proud to help garner attention towards the city we love. If you’re unfamiliar with CoffeeReview, it is the number one resource for in-depth, unbiased coffee scores and reviews, giving small roasters an opportunity to prove their coffee stands among the best in the world.

What is Local?


By Eton Tsuno, Green Coffee Buyer at Temple Coffee
What is the definition of “Local” and how is it applicable to your local coffee roaster? The definition of locally produced seems to span anywhere from a 50 to 100 mile radius, and often much further. There are no rules or regulations for labeling products “local.” Does the product need to be produced locally? Grown locally? Manufactured locally? Exactly what is this thing we call Local?


Recently at a “local” vendor dinner, I was served dishes produced using “local” ingredients, and each producer/supplier talked about where the food you were eating was from, and how it was special. I was thrown aback when the “local” shellfish purveyor was providing the dinner with clams from the east coast, and mussels from Newfoundland. Obviously, he is a local distributor of these amazing shellfish. However, after hearing where the actual product was from, I began envisioning a warehouse with live tanks where shellfish is shipped and stored until sold, then trucked out when ordered. Does this make these shellfish local? Not exactly. His business? Yes.
It got me thinking about our own position as a Green Coffee Buyer and Roaster in the Specialty Coffee industry, and how “Local” or “Locality” is viewed within our industry and to casual observers. We purchase coffee from all over the world: Is our coffee local?  Kind of. We are roasting and creating a finished product here in Sacramento. For me, I can say that if you are in Sacramento, Temple Coffee is your local roaster/retailer.
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