Just a quick update...

Our El Eden is in and ready for you to enjoy.  We are loving this amazing coffee in the Chemex and the kalita wave.  Get it while you can cause it will go fast.  Remember, you can find a promo code in our last post for free shipping.  Cheers!

New Coffees in our online store and a special discount on shipping (read below)

Take a look at our offerings to see whats new.  We have had a flurry of new coffees at the shop over the summer but now you can find them online.  We have added a dark Peru, a Burundi for those looking to expand the horizons of African coffees to choose from.  Our classic blend coined the "Blowing Rock Blend" is now available as well for those looking to get a taste of mountain life.

Last but certainly not least is our special pick of the season which will only be available for a limited time, the Colombia El Eden.  We will be doing a full blog post on the cupping of this coffee soon so keep your ear to the ground.  

Hey You!!!  Just for reading our blog you get the hook up on FREE SHIPPING on orders over $50.00 from now until the end of the month of September (2016).   Use the coupon code        teamcamp on orders over 50 bucks and we pay the shipping.  Hope y'all enjoy the coffee and enjoy the day- Cheers!

Let's Talk Camping @ Price Lake

Welcome August and the last days of summer. We hope y'all have enjoyed your summer thus far as we've had a blast. Here in beautiful Blowing Rock, #TeamCamp has been climbing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and much more. If you are looking for a spot to have an adventure then come on up the mountain and see what our town has to offer.  The focus of this article today is Price Lake, one of the local favorites.

Crystal clear water with views of Grandfather Mountain.  

Crystal clear water with views of Grandfather Mountain.

 

Today we wanted to tell you about one of our favorite spots to play outside, Price Lake. If you head south on the Blur Ridge Parkway from Blowing Rock, just a few miles down the road you will find one of our favorite spots to trail run, canoe, hike, camp, and just enjoy Mother Natures incredible views.  

Plenty of amazing campsite to choose from, offering a variety of features and amenities. 

Plenty of amazing campsite to choose from, offering a variety of features and amenities. 

If you want to set up camp and relax by the lake, this is the perfect place.  Lots of plush features makes this almost "glamping".    See the map below to find all the spots.  If you plan to reserve a spot in advance, which we highly recommend,  take a look at the numbers on the map.  The ones on the lake fill up fast for a good reason...they are super sweet!  

The lake loop and the boat launch are choice. 

The lake loop and the boat launch are choice. 

Now that you have your campsite dialed it, time to plan an adventure or two.  The next map has a loop around the lake that is great for a chill walk with the kids or those folks just getting in to the hiking game.  Be advised, if it has been raining this one could be a bit wet.  The map below also has the location of the boat rental dock.  I've taken the family here many times on a canoe ride and we love it.  They offer life jackets as well.  Also, if you have your own (nonmotorized craft) bring it along and hit the water.  Be sure to check this area out. 

 

A solid dose of mountain trail.  

A solid dose of mountain trail.  

So you've checked out the lake loop and the kids loved it but you want more...no worries my friends, the Boone Fork Loop is waiting to break you off a piece.  Accessible right across the street from Price Lake, this is hands down one of the best trails around if you want to get a dose of these amazing mountains in a 5 mile loop.  Waterfalls, rhododendron caves, open woods, craggy rock moves and amazing views along the way too.  Bring some water and wear good shoes for this one.  The trail is well marked and passes through Julian Price Park as well (another really cool spot).    Make sure to hop off the trail and check out Hebron Falls and one of its many swimming holes too.  Be advised : if you see a sock or some undies hangin from the trees on the way to a swimmin hole, that's mountain code for skinny dippers, nuff said.  See the map on the right here to get a look at the loop.

Hope y'all enjoyed this and we should mention something about coffee?  Yeah, enjoy some coffee before you hit the trail.  Send us some pics of your coffee camping rig via Instagram and it may pop up in the blog.  Next time around we will be taking about just that - camping rigs for coffee.  Thanks for checking us out and remember ...

"Let's go outside and play.. but first, coffee!" 

READ MORE BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW :

http://www.blowingrock.com/hiking-trails/ 

Coming soon to Camp Coffee Roasters

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Here in Blowing Rock at "Base Camp" we have been scoping out some new crops that are heading our way.  An important part of finding coffees to roast is cupping the coffee.  Cupping is becoming an event that our team really enjoys.  We will sit down and really taste the coffee and see what we like and how it can get better.   The feedback and ideas that swirl around are stellar.  

We want to share that experience with the folks that come in to see us at the shop.  From time to time we set up the big table downstairs and do an informal cupping with our guests and if that sounds like fun to you, just let us know.  We would love to find some time to walk through the process and let you cup with us.  If you are heading towards Blowing Rock, stop in at the roastery downstairs and check it out.  

New Coffees Have Arrived!

To quote the one and only Bob Ross, "Variety is the spice of life."  Just landing from the distant region known as Tanzania in the village of Induna, we have been able to get ahold of a lovely microlot that is one of the fruitier coffees we have had yet.  Sporting a berry sweetness and a clean orange zest finish, it's going to make the African coffee drinkers smile from ear to ear.  The coffee is hand milled on location by the family that owns the farm.  More coffees will be coming in soon, we will also be adding some of these offerings to the site here in limited quantities so stay tuned and Cheers!

The Southern Highlands of Tanzania

The Southern Highlands of Tanzania

Free Shipping in MAY

Fresh coffee ... Ready to be sent to your front door. 

Fresh coffee ... Ready to be sent to your front door. 

With such a good response to our free shipping during our online store launch, we decided to share the love a little bit longer.  FREE SHIPPING all during the month of May.  Just use the code  - happycamper - in the promo box.  

We Have Lift Off!!! Our Online Shop Is Live And The First 25 Peeps Get Free Shipping!!! Read More...

Houston - We have LIFT OFF!

Houston - We have LIFT OFF!

We have been working on the website for some time.  Today, we are launching our online store.  The first 25 people to order will get FREE SHIPPING!  That's right... We will ship the first 25 orders for FREE.    Just use the coupon code   happycamper

 and you will get FREE SHIPPING.  BOOM!!!

Our new bags are ready to roll. 

Our new bags are ready to roll. 

Thank you to everyone for your support while we built the online store.  We will be updating the blog with special deals and hook ups as we begin to roll out our coffees.   

A Global Community

Team Camp has had the pleasure of attending the Speciallty Coffee Association of Americas 2016 trade show in Atlanta this April.  Thousands of people from around the world converge on Atlanta to talk coffee.

Hello Atlanta! 

Hello Atlanta! 

Our community comes together to nerd out about the craft we all love.  Baristas, roasters, coffee farmers, importers, exporters and everything in between is here to talk about coffee in every aspect you could imagine.  

The Slayer Espresso booth

The Slayer Espresso booth

It's an overload of info and a great chance to find new tools and equipment to make better coffee.   

The crew at Team Camp is glad to be part of the community and we can't wait to share our passion and experiences with you.  Whether it be at the shop or through our roaster coffee we bring to you here on the site.  Thank you for being a part of such a great community.  Cheers!

Brewing On Location Part 1 - "Oscar Mike"

Pressing on the blade

Pressing on the blade

Hello coffee lovers, I've been pondering a series to add to the blog and this will be the first installment of "Brewing On Location" where we will be out and about brewing our Camp Coffee Roaster coffees.  We will be in the woods, on the road, and all over.  Nothing fancy , just going to go out and find some good places to share some great coffee with some exceptional people.

Wag on the press

Wag on the press

Today I was "Oscar Mike" that's a military term for "on the move" in the motor pool at an Army unit in an undisclosed location.   We had an Aeropress, a blade grinder, a K cup brewer for hot water and an old Bunn glass pot to pour from ( like I said, nothing fancy...) Oh and our M-88 recovery vehicle.  I met up with Sergeant Wag and Sergeant J and we gathered the resources available to enjoy one of my test blends I'm working on.  It's gonna be a bold and buttery coffee that our dark drinkers are sure to love.  We didn't have scales or a perfect temp on the water but the coffee was right on time.  The Aeropress created a smooth cup with a rich body and that lingering, buttery mouthfeel that put a smile on our faces .  A big thanks to the guys for taking the time to find such a sweet spot to enjoy a great cup of coffee with some old friends.  I spent a year in Iraq with these 2 guys and I couldn't think of a better way to start this series.  That's one of the things I love about good coffee, drinking it is always nice BUT sharing it with good friends is even better.

Camp Coffee will have this blend on the shelf soon as well as online so keep an eye out.  Still searching for the perfect name for this blend too so  feel free to comment if you have any ideas.  If I end up using the name you suggest I'll send you a bag of it.    Stay tuned for more... Cheers!