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posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 8:30am by Michael Harwood

Springtime feels like a breath of excitement - flowers are blooming, wind is blowing, and fresh coffees are arriving! Check out some of new offerings below!

Pink Bourbon photo courtesy of Cafe Imports
Colombia Huila
La Estrella
Washed Pink Bourbon
Tropical fruit punch aromatics. Rose and pink grapefruit in a sparkling, unique cup.
Get a bag of La Estrella!

Ceremony Annuals Spring 2017
Spring 2017
Rwanda Kanzu + Ethiopia Wazzala
Washed Bourbon + Heirloom
Cherry cola aromatics. Pomegranate and chocolate in a lively cup.
Get a bag of Spring!

posted on Monday, July 11, 2016 - 3:00pm by Michael Harwood

We weren't so sure with the July 4th weekend being the coolest in a long time, but now that heat indices are rising to the high-90's, we feel certain that Summer has arrived! Perhaps no better time then, to try our two barista-created, competition-winning Summer Signature Beverages. Available through Summer's end at all Ceremony cafes, you won't want to miss these refreshingly creative coffee-based drinks.

Our Espresso Mojito, created by barista Nathan, shakes up our house espresso, simple syrup, and ice with muddled grapefruit and fresh mint leaves. Sparkling water and a homemade grapefruit "chip" and mint sprig top it off for a enlivening effect!

Ceremony 2016 Summer Signature Coffee Beverages

Barista Tony's Nitro Root Beer is a cold brew-inspired take on root beer floats. We start with a super tasty homemade root beer syrup, add a pinch of sea salt, then fill the glass with our frosty Nitro Cold Brew. The kicker is a freshly-whipped vanilla egg foam or scoop of ice cream!

Ceremony 2016 Summer Signature Coffee Beverages - Nitro Root Beer

Don't miss out! Until next time, happy brewing!

posted on Monday, June 13, 2016 - 2:00pm by Michael Harwood

You've seen them buzzing around, roasting & packaging delicious coffee. You know their helpful voices from when you call in with a question or an order. They've crafted you exceptional drinks time and again. Now get to know our team members a little better through what we call the Ceremony Spotlight.

Today's spotlight shines on one of our wonderful training and customer service staff.

Erissa sweetening her cup of coffee!

Name Erissa Mann
Job at Ceremony Trainer + Account Manager
Hometown/Current Town The 'Burbs of Boston, Massachusetts / Baltimore, Maryland

Describe your journey with coffee and Ceremony.
I started working as a barista in college because I needed a job and I liked coffee. Then I went to grad school where I promptly realized that I still needed a job, so I kept working as a barista. It was during this stint that I realized that I'd rather keep learning about and working in coffee than pursue my at-the-time plan. After working as a barista for a few years, I wanted to learn more about the wholesale side of the industry. Ceremony happened to be hiring and I eagerly joined the team!

What is your go-to coffee right now?
Tough question; I'm pretty fickle when it comes to picking a favorite coffee. This week I'm really digging the Colombia Los Naranjos, but a really well dialed-in espresso or batch brew always wins my heart, regardless of origin.

Erissa serving at Ceremony.

What are your preferred brewing methods? Do you have any tips?
The Beehouse dripper is definitely the brewer I reach for the most. One of my favorite weekend treats is to make pour over coffee at home.

As for tips, a good grinder, a gram scale, and making sure that your water is hot enough will all be super helpful for improving your brew, regardless of method. If you want to hear more of my brew tips, stop by one of Baltimore's Weekly Coffee Breaks, or check out our General Public class entitled "Brewing Coffee at Home". You'll really get to pick my brain for brewing advice!

When you're not consuming or being consumed by coffee, what else do you love to do?
I like to keep it pretty mellow in my free time. I love reading, hiking, riding my bike, excellent food, good drinks, and fine company.

What is something we might not know about you?
I completed training as an archivist before moving into coffee full time.
An archivist works with unpublished, permanently valuable records. Sort of like an archeologist!- Ed.

Erissa cupping at Ceremony.

That's Erissa! The Baltimore workshop wouldn't be nearly as kind or witty without her! Not to mention her skills as an incredibly patient and understanding teacher. Give her a wave the next time you're at the Baltimore cafe + workshop and be sure to stop by for a Weekly Coffee Break or class! www.ceremonycoffee.com/events

Until next time, happy brewing!

posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 2:30pm by Michael Harwood

So much has happened over the past couple of months at Ceremony!

The DC Workshop is busy teaching and tasting! Sign-up for a class and show-up to our Weekly Coffee Breaks: ceremonycoffee.com/events

Michael at Ceremony DC Workshop

Our new Annuals series has been a hit! We were even selected for Speciality Coffee's Design Lab Exhibit, on display at the biggest coffee show in the US! GO JOSH!!!

Ceremony Annuals Design Lab

Michael (yours truly) recently returned from the United States Barista Championship, where he advanced to the semi-finals using the Kenya Kiangoi. You have to taste this complex, satisfying coffee: http://store.ceremonycoffee.com/coffees/kiangoi.html

Michael at USBC 2016

MSNBC stopped by our Baltimore cafe for a little primary coverage pick-me-up!

Vince with MSNBC anchor Kate Snow at 520 Park

We're also excited about the upcoming release of Annuals Summer 2016, an update on our seasonal food + drink at the cafes, a new batch of refreshing signature beverages, and oh, did we mention fresh crop Central American and Ethiopian coffees are arriving soon??? What a time to be alive!

Until next time, happy brewing!

posted on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 7:15pm by Michael Harwood

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop 1

The possibilities are practically endless when opening a coffee space in our nation's capital. Do you embrace the traditional cafe route, focus on amazing food, or cross-over with another unique business? There are so many potentials in Washington DC, but we decided the best way to serve our community right now is through a space that educates and makes accessible your coffee ritual. Our DC Workshop doesn't have cafe service or food (except at parties!). Rather, it focuses on wholesale + public classes, free weekly coffee breaks, and bringing people together in our vibrant District coffee community!

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening

You can find us at 1228 31st St. NW #101B in Hamilton Court, which is a small collection of buildings in Georgetown that features a fascinating, coffee-filled past: http://georgetownmetropolitan.com/2009/03/15/georgetowns-lost-beatnik-past/

Link up for maps of all our locations: http://ceremonycoffee.com/coffeehouse

Whether you want to attend one of our free Weekly Coffee Breaks, take a wholesale partner class, or a home barista class, we've got you covered! Check out http://ceremonycoffee.com/events for the happenings at each of our locations.

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening 2

We hope to see you in Georgetown soon!

Ceremony Coffee DC Workshop Grand Opening 3

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Upcoming Public Events

29
Apr
11AM-12PM
Weekly Coffee Break: - ANNAPOLIS

Join us every Saturday at our Annapolis Roastery to explore and taste what's new at Ceremony!

Free for all, no registration to join!

Upcoming Wholesale Labs

12
May
11AM-2PM
Register
The Big Picture: Seed to Service - DC

Join us for a class that goes beyond craft. Let's take a step back and think about the big picture, starting with a thought-provoking session on customer service and hospitality. How do we give our guests an experience they'll want to share? How should we talk about coffees? What happens when problems arise? We'll discuss these questions and more to help raise your customer experience game. We'll then explore the story a coffee seed and its journey through cultivar, terroir, harvest, process, storage, and roast. You will gain the knowledge you need to help your guests make more enlightened decisions.

Level 1

Complimentary for Wholesale Partners
$38 for Non-Exclusive Wholesale Partners
$150 for General Public