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Coffee School at SMCo.

Superior Merchandise has a bunch of great educational coffee classes set for the next few months. If you’re serious about upping your coffee game but haven’t gotten around to tackling it, or have had difficulty brewing at home in the past, this is for you.

Tickets are currently on sale via Eventbrite. Get that coffee game maximized before the holidays.

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North Albany Oktoberfest 2016: 4xVIP Ticket Giveaway

The North Albany Oktoberfest block party and celebration is this Saturday, October 1 from 11am-7pm and tickets are currently on sale. If you are not the contest type, pick up your tickets early to save a few bucks and get a commemorative stein. As always, this year’s Oktoberfest features food, beer, weiner dog races, competitions, and a celebration of all things German.

The kind folks at Wolff’s have offered up a pack of four VIP tickets to giveaway in the next 24 hours to a lucky winner and their three friends! Learn more info on the Albany Oktoberfest website, and enter the giveaway below.

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Little Pecks Opening Thursday

little pecks will be officially opening Thursday. For the past week or so they were soft-open; serving coffee and without official hours.

From the press release:

Little pecks is an all-day café from the culinary team behind Peck’s Arcade, serving coffee, breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks, including wine and beer. Joining the team as lead barista is Katryn Malen, formerly of Stacks Espresso Bar in Albany.

At the helm of the kitchen will be the duo of executive chef Nick Ruscitto and executive pastry chef Greg Kern, who describes little pecks as “many ideas coming together in one space, which is one of the great things about working with this team. I’ve been able to experiment with some new food ideas and be more involved with the opening of a business – it’s been interesting having a role beyond that of making food.”

The cafe will be open seven days a week from 6:00am Monday-Friday, and 8:00am on Saturday and Sunday, for breakfast and lunch with closing times based on customer demand, and at minimum 9:00pm. In addition to seating in little pecks, diners will also have access to a four-season garden area with retractable roof, to be shared with Lucas Confectionery, as well as the Library at Peck’s Arcade. The team expects to do equal parts orders to stay and take-away, and will also focus on outside catering. Coffee will be provided exclusively by Tandem Coffee Roasters of Portland, Maine.

Can’t wait to swing by.

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Drop Coffee Takeover at Superior Merchandise

Starting July 2, Drop Coffee will be taking over all things coffee at Superior Merchandise. Similar to a tap-takeover, SMCo. will be serving Drop Coffee’s entire line by pour over, batch brew, iced coffee, and espresso until they run out.

Some background from Kinfolk’s excellent interview with Drop co-owner Joanna Alm:

What do you take into consideration while roasting your coffee?

We strive to bring out all the good natural flavors of the coffee in the roasting process without adding any roast tones. It’s crucial for us to keep all the natural flavor of the coffee throughout each step of the production chain, from the cherry to the final cup, regardless of the brew method. This is a bit controversial on the coffee market, but it’s the only way to achieve our aim to get most out of the product.

Drop Coffee is has ranked top four in the world the past three years at the World Coffee Roasting Championship. Coffee from Drop is generally difficult procure in America, and even more rare to see their entire line being offered in multiple brew methods, as well as retail bags you can bring home (which are gorgeous boxes).

SMCo. will have the Roaster Takeover as a recurring series, and I’m extremely excited to have these hard to find coffees being offered so close to home. This commitment to raising the bar and pushing the boundaries of what cafes do and offer is one of the reasons why SMCo. is the best coffee shop in our area.