For the past year or so, whether my trip was a one-night getaway in the Bay Area or a week-long sourcing trip to El Salvador, I haven't left home without my Aeropress and Porlex mini-mill. This combo is a super-sleek traveling duo -- the Porlex fits inside the Aeropress -- that manages to deliver great coffee, even in challenging settings. The Aeropress is a very forgiving brew method; I've made great cups in roadside convenience stores, moving vehicles, and on the farm at Finca Monte Rey.
I'm thrilled that the Wall Street Journal also realizes what a great pair this is and is featuring us on their "Off Duty 50: Holiday Gifts," a list of gifts "geared toward 'off duty' pursuits, from entertaining to geeking out on gadgets."
Here's a link to our favorite Aeropress recipe. And though it's a forgiving brew method, I leave as little to chance as possible, weighing both the coffee and the water with our compact Ritual Gram Scale. This way I don't get just a passable cup of coffee, but one that is sublime, equal to whatever magnificent surroundings I might find myself in.
In celebration of our love for cupping, cats, and obscure flavor notes, we've released a T-shirt designed by our very own Jen Kruch. Available in sizes fitting both men and women.
Ritual on Valencia Street is open tomorrow (Thanksgiving) for all of your turkey day coffee needs from 8:00am to 1:00pm! A gift of pie for our hardy baristas lets you skip the line. A happy holidays to you and yours from the team at Ritual this weekend!
After several months of collecting data, editing photos and coding content, we're thrilled to unveil of our new website. With the new look comes a ton of new content. We have created a portal for our customers into the heart of the company. There are several new sections and we'll be updating the content regularly!
Here you'll be able to see all the latest news from Ritual, including information about events, new coffees and links to other areas of the site. You can find our locations and hours easily, as well as be able connect with us via social media.
Read the story of Ritual and connect to different members of the staff.
The philosophy behind all that we do here at Ritual, from sourcing, to roasting, to brewing.
We are so excited to finally have the ability to share the stories of our family of producers. Please check it out and enjoy the wealth of gorgeous photos and detailed information from each of the farms we work with. Just clicking around the producers whose coffees are on our menu right now gives someone who hasn’t had the opportunity to go to origin an idea of the diversity of terroir and processing from Costa Rica to Ethiopia and Kenya.
I was thrilled to be able to look through the album of Mauricio Vindas and his family while enjoying my Aeropress of Altos de Abejonal this morning.
In addition to being able to learn more about the coffees you’re enjoying through us right now, we will also maintain a producer archive so you can always keep up with the latest on what's happening with our producing partners around the world.
We’ve updated our store. We can ship you coffee beans, brewing equipment as well as Ritual merchandise. Our new shop is up just in time for the holidays – we have gift cards as well as nicely packaged gift boxes. We can send the Ritual to people who aren’t fortunate enough to live within walking distance of one of our coffee bars!
We are thrilled to invite you to join the new Ritual Coffee Club! Sign up and we’ll send you our favorite coffees as often as you’d like. Set up your account once and email us when you need to pause your subscription for a vacation. Your credit card gets charged as we send you coffee. Gift subscriptions are available too!
This is the new Ritual blog. You’ll find information about Steve’s sourcing trips, announcements about coffee events, educational tips on coffee brewing and anything else we think you’d want to know about.
Addresses, hours, and maps to our four retail coffee bars.
Here you’ll find detailed instructions on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, using any of the devices we recommend.
Please take a look at what our new site has to offer. We're excited to have the ability to update content and to share with you everything that is happening around Ritual. Feel free to email us if you have suggestions for the site or ideas for what you'd like to learn more about.
The Ritual pop-up continues! Join us every Sunday, from 11:30 to 3, for brunch and coffee at Dear Mom, located on the corner of Harrison and 16th in the Mission.
In a country of 500,000 coffee producers, it's a little easy to get overwhelmed by the potential tidal wave of coffee, especially now that Colombia is coming back from a devastating outbreak of Coffee Leaf Rust. Yet despite the volume of producers, and the steadily recuperating volume of coffee, we have seen our producing partners of South Huila continue to focus on growing and processing coffee of exceptional quality.
During our most recent Colombia Origin Week, we had the opportunity to showcase the coffees of several of our Colombian Producers. Returning lots from Edilfonso Yara's La Esperanza, Duver Rojas' Las Delicias, Omar Viveros' Miraflores, Hector and Fabio Artunduaga's El Renacer, Remigio Quinayas' El Silencio, and Benedicto Yara's El Guamo, as well as lots from new producers, Luz Dary Rojas and Mercedes Reyes.
Earlier this week, we were able to visit many of these producers at their farms in South Hulia. We even brought coffee back to show them what we're doing with their beans.
In a couple of cases, we were able to make Aeropresses of their coffees for them, so they could actually have a taste!
With the Leaf Rust issue abating, many of producers are working hard to plant more coffee and to maintain the trees that they have. Several are working with a trained agronomist to focus their efforts on maximizing quality while maintaining a sustainable production. The harvest continues, so we can look forward to more microlots from these, and other Colombia producers in the next few months.