Arizona Adventures: Bisbee Part One

The theme of this summer has been travel and adventure.  I did a few firsts, including first cruise, first time in Alaska, first time in Canada and first trip with my mom as adults.  Logan did more firsts than most her age, including first overseas travel, first time in many countries in Europe, first time getting a passport, etc.  I have also tried to fit in day trips or short trips around Southern Arizona, including Wilcox and Bisbee.

Bisbee has always been one of my favorite places.  I have gone down to Bisbee every couple of years since the mid-’90’s.  Some things stay the same, such as the quirky, artsy feel of the town, and some things change.  There seems to be a good amount of restaurant turnover throughout the years, but lately, that seems to be a good thing, as far as what is there now.  Logan’s trip to Europe and band camp gave me a little time to explore and discover.

Checking out Old Bisbee Coffee Roasters is always a must.  When I was there this summer, I found a coffee station set up in what’s called “The Alley,” which has various merchants set up selling a variety of wares, including June Cabat, Erni Cabat’s daughter, who was selling postcards and books painted by her late father.  Erni Cabat was a painter who lived a large chunk of his life in Tucson, AZ.  He started the first advertising agency in Tucson.  One of his well-known works is “Erni Cabat Paints in Prague,” which is a painting of an the Alt Neu synagogue.

My mom, and many Jewish families in Tucson, have this signed print hanging in their homes.

Back to the coffee… Old Bisbee  Coffee Roasters. There is a storefront that you can visit during the week.  This is some of the best coffee you will ever try.  Seth Appell, known as “your personal coffee roaster,” travels the world looking for the highest quality coffee beans, and roasts them in a traditional roaster in Bisbee.  The coffee is available to purchase online and is shipped out immediately.  The offerings vary based on the season and availability.  Old Bisbee Coffee Roasters supports a nonprofits with every purchase made.  Currently your coffee purchase supports Kiva Micro-Loans and Trees for the future.

You can also find Seth selling and roasting at the 4th Ave. Street Fair, which is held both in December and in the spring.  If you have the chance to meet him, you will learn quite a lot about the coffee roasting process, the differences between bean varieties and the origins of each type of bean.  I tend to like a lighter roast, but this time, I chose the Guatemala Huehuetenango Palhu Estate Rainforest Alliance Certified Roast, which is a darker roast.  I usually choose a lighter roast because I think there is more depth and complexity of flavor, but in this case, there was a full flavor profile, and it wasn’t too dark for my taste.  When you start tasting different varieties of coffee you will see that coffee tasting is as complex, varied and fun as wine tasting.  (You will have more energy than after a wine tasting, too.)

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