We recently had the pleasure of brewing coffee for the Grain Gathering conference in Mt. Vernon. This unique event brings together innovative bakers, brewers, distillers, millers and plant scientists from around the world for 4 days of hands-on learning and discussion. The event is hosted by the Bread Lab, "the first pubic lab in the United States dedicated to craft baking and sustainable agriculture." The conference focuses on strengthening local economies by rebuilding regional grain networks. Needless to say, we leaped at the opportunity to provide coffee for the event and brew iced coffee for the panel discussion, which featured Dan Barber of Blue Hill Restaurant, Chad Robertson of Tartine Bakery and Dr. Stephen Jones, founder of the Bread Lab. We brewed our Ethiopia Kore Kochore as an iced Chemex for the final evening's dinner in the orchard. It doesn't get much better than enjoying a fruity heirloom coffee surrounded by heirloom Pacific Northwest apple trees, not to mention some of the greatest minds in the local food movement. We're excited to brew coffee for next year's Grain Gathering. Who knows, if you're looking to improve the crumb on your naturally-leavened rye bread, maybe we'll end up serving you a coffee?