Fest is one of our favorite weeks of the year-- not only to we get to serve bands and fans from around the world, it gives us a chance to bring in an amazing selection of guest coffees and espresso selections. This year we will be offering new coffees from:
-San Francisco's Linea Caffe
-Wisconsin's Ruby Roasters
-Victoria BC's Bows X Arrows
-New York's Toby's Estate
All over four days! Look for extended Fest hours to be posted next week. We will not be able to hold a public cupping during the Fest weekend.
PechaKucha GNV, full speed ahead! The next PechaKucha Night in Gainesville will be held on January 24th, with a deadline of January 15th for submission of proposals to participate. More details from the PechaKucha website:
What is Pechakucha Night? "PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps -- just about anything, really -- in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images. Good PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected -- unexpected talent, unexpected ideas. Some PechaKuchas tell great stories about a project or a trip. Some are incredibly personal, some are incredibly funny, but all are very different." If you have ideas, art, research, or projects that you'd like to present, please consider taking part! All you need are 20 images and a story to tell.
A quick head's up that we will not be holding a coffee cupping for the next two weeks. Volta is ground zero for Fest, a sprawling music festival that takes over downtown on the last weekend of October. We will be in prep mode next week, then in full-on Fest mode on the weekend of Oct 31-Nov. 2. Cuppings will resume the following week on November 9.
Nice video report from The Tampa Bay Times on the first Tampa Bay Barista Jam, hosted by Buddy Brew Coffee. Anthony went down as a judge as is featured in the new report.
It's easy to get a little lost looking at our brewed coffee menu. That is why on Saturday mornings at 11 Volta staff hosts free coffee cuppings - think wine tasting, but with coffee - to help you understand what to look for in a coffee and how to better choose one.
By the end of the cupping, you will learn how to detect the flavor notes and other complexities of the coffee bean and about the cupping process. Every week we'll sample different coffees from roasters across the United States, and on special occassions, from around the world. If there is a particular bean our staff and customers enjoyed, we will bring it in to serve at the shop. Don't be intimidated. No prior knowledge of coffee (or wine) is necessary. We look forward to see you there!
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts for any cupping updates.
If you'd like to learn more about the cupping process:
Our winter break is over and it's time to make more coffee.
Mon - Fri: 8 am to 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 9 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm (no change)
[flickr-photo:id=5811441259,size=""]Finca Buenos Aires is something of a miracle coffee. The farm is located just outside of the small town of Nilo, in an area just now recovering from years of neglect thanks to Colombia's civil unrest. It is situated in the small department of Cudinamarca, north of the more famous coffee growing region of Huila-- not exactly a region known for producing specialty grade coffee. The coffees are grown in the foothills of a series of volcanos in a national park; the terrain is rugged and undeveloped. Single-track jeep trails wind up steep mountain sides, and the farms run wild under the cover of rain forest vegetation and banks of clouds. Unlike other regions with clearly delineated farms with neatly planted rows of coffees, the farms outside of Nilo are very small and draw upon both recently planted coffee and over-story fruit trees along with legacy coffee trees growing wild up and down the sides of the mountain trails.
Farmer Carlos Vargas is undertaking a herculean task of producing amazing coffees under very difficult situations: unusually heavy rains, almost no infrastructure, and crazy single-track trails in and out of the farm.
Amber Fox, writing about the farm, notes "the well-being of the environment and the workers are intrinsic to the approach Carlos Vargas takes to sustainability and further improving quality, and the results of his holistic approach sing in the cup."
The coffee is a bit wild, like the farm itself: dark red berry notes under layers of tobacco and cinnamon, but it picks up the flavors of mulled red wine as it cools. Ecco describes it as juicy pineapple and citrus with florals and red fruit flavors as it cools.
The coffee from Finca Buenos Aires is also of very limited supply-- Ecco was only able to purchase 7 bags of green coffee from Vargas this year. Try it soon, because it will be another year before coffee from this farm will be available again.
January 26, 8pm
Volta is pleased to be able to join with the University of Florida Department of English in presenting Glenn Freeman reading from his recent poetry collection "Traveling Light."
A graduate of UF, Freemen's first book of poems, Keeping the Tigers Behind Us, won the Elixir Press Poetry Prize and was published in 2007. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Cimarron Review, The Lullwater Review, and Zone 3 among many other journals. About his recent book Traveling Light, poet Kathleen Halme says "Freeman's gorgeous poems conjugate in registers of emotion 'we didn't even know we were trying to feel.' Contemplating our deep needs and meanings, he writes in a voice that is 'the lush language of relation, the All.' A remarkable book of moving, illimitable poetry-a gift."
Volta is pleased to announce the latest schedule for the UF MFA poetry and fiction reading series. Stop by the shop to hear works read by up-and-coming authors and poets from UF's acclaimed writing program. Readings begin at 8 and last about an hour.
Spring 2012 Schedule
- February 2: Fiction: Carrie Guss, Poetry: Hai-Dang Phan
- February 15: Poetry: Andrew Donovan, Fiction: Emma Smith-Stevens
- March 15: Fiction: Rebecca Evanhoe, Poetry: Rebecca Baumann
- March 29: Poetry: Claire Eder, Fiction: Amy Scharmann
- April 12: Fiction: Sabrina Jaszi, Poetry: Guest Poet TBA
School is out, GNV is slowing down, and Volta is going into maintenance mode.
Volta will be closing at 6pm on Monday-Saturday until the new year.
We will be closed on Christmas and Boxing Day, but open every other day including New Year's Eve and day. Regular hours resume on January 2, 2012
Additionally, we have no scheduled public coffee cuppings until after the winter break.