News from 44 North

Stonington cafe opens Monday May 29th!

Posted by Melissa Raftery on May 23, 2017 0 Comments

Hip, hip hooray!  The Stonington cafe - at 70 Main Street - opens Monday May 29th at 6:30 am! We will have abbreviated hours for the first week through Sunday June 3d, then regular hours started June 4th:

Monday May 29 - June 3

6:30 am - 2:00 pm

June 4th - onward

6:30 am - 5:00 pm

Then, in mid June we will be open late  on Wed / Thurs / Fri, until 8:30 pm, for beer and wine evenings.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to the big roastery move, we will be CLOSED IN DEER ISLE from Monday June 5th - Monday June 11th. Thank you for your understanding. Coffee by the cup and bag will be available in Stonington.

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2017 Photo Contest - And the winner is.....Josh Lewis!

Posted by Melissa Raftery on May 11, 2017 0 Comments

Congrats and THANK YOU to Josh Lewis who submitted these photos back in March.

Josh writes: "Here's my entry for the photo contest. All the photos were taken in a small Thai village near the border with Myanmar in Kanchanaburi Province. The person wearing the shirt is a teacher who is also a farmer. The first two shots are taken on her land. The third shows her returning, with two students who helped her, to the village over a recently repaired bridge (it used to have a lot of planks missing). I like to think that the first photo shows that even though she was very happy with the shirt, she still gets cranky without the coffee :) The second shows the amazing effects of coffee, even when you're not drinking it.  (True village story: one day I saw some reddish berries and asked a student what they were. She looked at me in stunned amazement, "You don't know? But teacher, you drink it every day!" And that's when I learned what coffee really looks like...and just how ignorant I was. Ha!)

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Field Trip: Guatemala

Posted by Melissa Raftery on January 26, 2017 2 Comments

 

We drove out of the small mountain town before daylight. There were no street lights in Chajul, Guatemala and as we worked our way up switch backs over the pass the only evidence from the town below was the slow rising columns of smoke from morning stoves.  The community is around 2,000 residents primarily of indigenous descent, mainly subsistence farmers, coffee and honey farmers. The coffee cooperative we came to visit is CHAJUL.  This co-op is 1,500 members strong and reaches far beyond this small town to the surrounding jungles and mountains into the most remote parts of northwest Guatemala.  This region was victim to a war that ravaged the land in scorched earth destruction and a genocide that left half the population slaughtered during the second half of the 20th century.  These horrific crimes were carried out by US backed government units and gorilla counter forces and perpetrated under the guise of regional Cold War politics. In result, they tragically devastated the indigenous populations that were caught in the middle.  We drove 4 hours to some of the more remote regions and farms in the cooperative to meet these survivors, farmers, and innovators as they begin this years harvest under the new threat of Roya.

                         

(CHAJUL farmer Balthazar in his hill side coffee plot, surrounded by organic biodiversity assessing the first harvest of the new year)

"Roya" has ravaged Latin American coffees over the last 5 years.  A fungus that normally affects only low altitude coffee plants, Roya is spreading up the mountains because of the effects of a warming climate.  In the last 5 years the production of coffee has been cut from 44 containers (at its peek) to a staggering 11 containers in 2014.  The reciprocal effects on farmers, families and communities has been devastating.  Desperation parallels the Chajul cooperative to reach out to other cooperatives that had also been effected by the fungus in Honduras and Peru.  Through an exchange on information and a new organic tool the cooperative hopes to exceed their estimate for 15 containers this year.

   

(Roya effects on the leaves and on the entire plant after leaves have fallen)

The new tool in preventing and protecting the coffee plants against this leaf curl is Effective Microorganism or EMs. These can be thought of a probiotic for the soil and plant.  Combined with molasses (fuel), water (transferred) and experimental amounts of minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc) these EMs are being applied to the soil and plants multiple times during the growth cycle to bust its ability to resist Roya.  Batches of EMs are being mixed at central location, fermented for 40 days and then distributed and diluted to remote farmers. 

                                            

(CHAJUL technicians Matthieu & Fransisco working with EMs to prevent Roya)

 

 

(Living EMs and the EM steeped tea used to treat coffee plants against Roya)

The success rate has been impressive and organizations such as The Coffee Trust and groups funded by Cooperative Coffee Fair Trade premium are working to spread educations and access to EMs for all farmers effected. 

(meeting with the farmers of Manos Campesinas to discuss the new harvest and the effects of Roya)


The excitement around effects and potentials for EMs was inspiring.  From a land and people that have faced so many changes and threats to their livelihood, it's amazing that they remain persistent to grow high quality organic coffee.  The feeling of connection to the bigger world of coffee bonding our roastery and community of consumers to these farmers in remote jungle mountains of Guatemala was profoundly gratifying and humbling.  As we left the shaded mountains of coffee and drove back over the rutted and washed out roads I was consumed by the immense gratuity to be part of interconnected world of coffee.

(healthy Roya resistant crop after a successful EM treatment)

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Holiday Hours

Posted by Melissa Raftery on December 23, 2016 0 Comments

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10 days 'til solstice! Coffee deals everyday until December 20th when you follow on Facebook or Instagram

Posted by Melissa Raftery on December 12, 2016 0 Comments
10 days 'til solstice! Coffee deals everyday until December 20th!

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Closed For A Short Break / Oct 16-23rd

Posted by Melissa Raftery on October 12, 2016 0 Comments

 

The fall air and clarity is remarkable right now.That 'liquid cup of joy' known as COFFEE is especially feeling necessary to warm the hands on chilly Maine mornings. 

We realize it has been a while since we were last in touch so we wanted to send a hello and re-cap the high points of of summer

Did you know back in June we procured a beer and wine license for our Stonington cafe? This summer we launched later evening hours and offered small plates (including stuffed dates and dolmas from Stonington Baking Co., foccacia bread from Tinder Hearth, and dipping dukkah spice from Cheryl Wixson). We had beer and wine from awesome purveyors including Oxbow, Rising Tide, Foundation, and Baxter Brewing Company. It was so fun! We aim to do it again next year and incorporate "themed" evenings that include busting out the art supplies while sipping a cold brew.

In other news, we are going to be open on Saturday's this winter in Deer Isle. Saturday OPEN hours will be: 8:00 a.m. - 12 noon. Coffee will be flowing and Tinder Hearth pastry will be available.

The Stonington cafe is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Thank you for support, the season was outstanding and we look forward to seeing you again in May 2017.
 
And with all of that, we are feeling in need of a short rest, so the Deer Isle cafe will be CLOSED during the week of October 17 - 22nd, re-opening on Monday Oct 24th at 8:00 a.m. Loads of gratitude to all those who have traveled this journey with us in coffee fan-hood and support. The beginning of December marks our 7th year in business. Please know we feel the love! 

Happy Autumn & Warm Cups of Coffee to All,

Melissa, Megan, and Team 44

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Now SERVING beer and wine!

Posted by Melissa Raftery on June 29, 2016 0 Comments

 

We are excited to announce the expansion into other 'liquid cups of joy' - beer and wine!

Now serving some fine drafts, bottles, and cans from our local Maine favorites including Oxbow Beer, Rising Tide, Foundation Brewing, & Strong Brewing Company.

Serving beer and wine EVERYDAY from 12 noon onward.  OPEN LATE Wednesday - Saturday until 8:30 p.m. (last call at 8 p.m.)

Small plates of snacks available in July.

Please call our Stonington shop to see what's currently on draft. 207.348.3043

 

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Stonington Cafe OPEN May 30th!

Posted by Melissa Raftery on May 23, 2016 0 Comments

It's time to open the Stonington cafe!  We are all buzzing about this 2nd season downtown at 70 Main Street. We have great new staff and have a new offerings so stay tuned!

Stonington Cafe Hours [starting Monday May 30, 2016]

Monday May 30 - Friday June 10

Hours = 6:30 am - 2 pm

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then...starting Saturday June 11th

Monday - Saturday / 6:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday / 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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March Closure 2016

Posted by Melissa Raftery on February 26, 2016 0 Comments

 

This is the official notice that 44 North Coffee is taking a short winter break. The last roasting day for web orders will be Thursday February 25. We will reconvene roasting for the web on Tuesday March 15. The retail shop and cafe will be closed from Sunday February 28 - Sunday March 20, re-opening at 8 a.m. on Monday March 21. During this time we are going to drink coffee prepared by other fine roasters and baristas, attend an international coffee conference, and hopefully put a fresh coat of paint on the Seamark shop floor.


Thank you for your support and beyond!


With love and caffeine,


Megan and Melissa

 

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Holiday Hours 2015

Posted by Melissa Raftery on November 23, 2015 0 Comments

Normal Winter Hours:

Monday - Friday / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thanksgiving Week:

CLOSED Thursday / Friday November 26th & 27th

(re-opening Monday November 30th at 8:00 a.m.)

Christmas Week & New Year's

CLOSED Thursday / Friday December 24th & 25th

CLOSED Monday December 28th

(re-opening Tuesday December 29th)

OPEN New Year's Eve and CLOSED New Year's Day

Wishing you many good cups of coffee shared with friends and family!

 

 

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