A ‘Top Chef’ Star Just Dropped One of the Best Coffees We’ve Ever Tried

If tasting wine has taught me anything, it’s that sticking my nose in a glass is a proven method to get excited (or worried, on event) about what’s to come. But, as I’ve recently found out, sometimes sticking my nose in a huge ol’ mug can induce the same set of emotions.

The very first time I smelled a newly brewed cup of James Beard acclaimed chef Gregory Gourdet’s Kann coffee (named in honor of Kann, Gourdet’s celebrated Haitian restaurant in Portland, Oregon), I wasn’t anticipating to be enveloped by vanilla, star anise, and cinnamon. After the first sip, I learned that this wasn’t just any old cup of coffee– this was an absolute treat that honors Haiti’s role in the history of coffee production.

Kann Coffee

Coffee has actually historically been a vital export for Haiti. Nearly half of the world’s coffee beans were produced here in the 18th century, largely at the hands of enslaved Africans. This market was a driving force in the Haitian revolution, resulting in liberty from French colonial guideline and marking the world’s first Black republic in 1804.

To establish the blend that would be served after meals at Kann, Gourdet partnered with Portland’s Black-owned Deadstock Coffee. In each cup, single-origin Blue Mountain coffee beans grown in Haiti fulfill a gorgeous blend of spices. By delivering pre-ground bags of Kann coffee, Gourdet is sharing one of the most unforgettable experiences of the dining establishment throughout the U.S., both as a keepsake of a special meal and as an alluring sneak peek for visitors who haven’t yet had the ability to secure an appointment.
I’ve been delighting in cups in my porcelain pour-over, however you can likewise utilize a French press or an automated drip coffee machine. Gourdet keeps in mind that Kann coffee can likewise be used as a coffee rub for meat and veggies, an idea I’ve yet to attempt, but without a doubt strategy to in the future). It plays particularly well with steamed oat milk and macadamia nut milk, which have a higher fat material that cancels the dark roast.

” Given the cultural significance of coffee to Haiti, it feels exceptionally gratifying and meaningful to be able to bring that history into homes nationwide,” describes Gourdet. “I’m enjoyed be able to provide a taste of the Kann experience to folks who have yet to make it in.”

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