Big Trouble (Counter Culture Coffee)
We love Counter Culture Coffee. Big Trouble offers nutty, caramel flavors people know and love, which may seem easy—and their goal is to make it easy to enjoy in any brewer—but it's actually one of the most challenging, because clean, sweet, low-acidity coffees from small-scale farms can be elusive.
In recent years, we made a shift away from Brazilian coffees, once a cornerstone of Big Trouble's flavor profile. Instead, our coffee buyers look for low-acid coffees from small-scale farmers with whom the risks involved in quality initiatives can be shared. But it can be challenging to source coffees that fit this flavor profile under these circumstances, hence the name Big Trouble. A misnomer of sorts. Easy to brew deliciously. Challenging to source.
In September 2013, we achieved a milestone with Big Trouble by making it wholly of coffee from one place—the Cinco de Junio cooperative in Nicaragua. We've never looked back. While not always a single-origin coffee, Big Trouble will always be freshly harvested coffee that is sweet and mild with notes of caramel, nuttiness, and dark chocolate in varying proportions.