by: JAMES A. JONES JR.
The Schmitts talk about notes in coffee the way that wine connoisseurs talk about notes in vino. Subtle undertones can make all the difference in taste.
To create blends with the desired notes, they buy beans from Sumatra, Colombia, Java, Honduras, Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala and elsewhere.
“Coffee is a really innocent thing. Politicians on opposing sides can come together over a cup of coffee. Coffee is an icebreaker and a way to connect people,” Josh said. “Everybody takes their coffee differently. I like my coffee black. I want to taste the notes,” Josh said. Abbey prefers cold brew with a lot of cream.
Recognizing differences in taste, the couple are always looking for new types of beans. That restless pursuit of finding the best beans, and experimenting with the roast, leads Abbey to call her husband the mad scientist.
“I started drinking coffee when I was a pilot because it was the only thing available to drink. When you show up at an airport early in the morning or late at night, the only thing available was a pot of coffee that’s probably been sitting for 24 hours on a heating pad. I look at it now and I say that is so gross,” he said.