Ride The Edge & Why We Love the Cycling Community

Ride The Edge & Why We Love the Cycling Community

April 05, 2021

     

Roast House has always focused on community and relationships- with farmers who grow our coffee, the importers who help bring us coffee, and all the coffee lovers that come in everyday to drink damn good coffee. We have dedicated our time to work within our community by supporting nonprofits, coffee partners, and biking events around Spokane. Between The Lands Council and biking events such as Spokefest and Spokane Bikes, we have poured 10,000 cups of free coffee. One of our core values is to give back to the community that supports and sustains us. Pouring coffee at these events has been the cornerstone of building Roast House and we can't wait to get back to it!


Our Ride The Edge blend was created in honor of Dave Moffit and his Ride The Edge races. Moffit was a pioneer of the mountain bike culture in Spokane. He unfortunately passed away when a truck crossing the racecourse hit him. 

                           

 

Deborah Di Bernardo and Dave Rier started Roast House as avid cyclists. Dave worked for Moffit bushwhacking forests to create the race courses for Ride The Edge in the 90’s. Creating a blend to honor Dave and his family was of the utmost importance from day 1 at Roast House Coffee.  


Dave contacted the other cyclists in the race and they spent every Wednesday for months roasting, cupping, and blending a series of coffees until they reached a blend that satisfied all taste buds. The blend features a logo of a dreadlocked, bike-riding skeleton- this came about because all the cyclists wanted a skeleton on the bike. People offered images and then Kim Long, a local Spokane artist, came into Roast House and created the skeleton lady. Deb, of course, had to put her touch on it and insisted she have a big ol' booty.

      

Every year we like to switch up the blend to feature some of our new single origins. This year we combine our Washed Ethiopia Duromina, Washed Colombia Santa Maria Manos de Mujer, and Washed Peru Rutas del Inca. 


Duromina is sourced by our pals at Red Fox Merchants and comes from the Agaro region of Western Ethiopia. This coffee brings notes of melon, apricot and lemon. 


Our Colombia Santa Maria is sourced from Ally Coffee and comes from our friends at La Pradera. This is one of a few offerings we have from La Pradera and we have fallen in love with the people and their coffee. A group of 22 women, all heads of their household, operate Santa Maria. 


Rutas del Inca is headquartered in the Querocoto District of the Chota Province in Cajamarca, Peru. Currently the cooperative has 258 members—30 women and 228 men—throughout 27 communities in the Querocoto, Huambos and Querocotillo Districts. These producers live between 1,800 and 2,400 meters above sea level, in temperatures ranging between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.


The result of blending all of these tasty single origins together is aromatics of caramel and milk chocolate, brightened with a sweet red apple acidity that transitions into cocoa powder. As the coffee cools, the sweetness turns into a balanced ripe pear.


The cycling community will always be very important to us and we plan to be at events when we can be, serving up delicious cups of coffee for all bike lovers. We also love giving out free tastings at our Tasting Room. So take a break, cycle to our Tasting Room and enjoy a cup of Ride The Edge.



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