NOVO Coffee – Photos by Juliet Housewright

I took Juliet for her very first coffee cupping yesterday at Denver’s NOVO Coffee. This is a wonderful process by which roasters hone the flavors in their beans and a wonderful way to fully understand the flavor complexities in great coffee.

As it turns out Juliet always gifted with an eye for beauty and interest was able to capture some fine photos on the tour of the roaster while learning to cup like a pro.

The rebuilt 1960s Italian Roaster

This very cool machine gently and evenly roasts 60 pounds of raw beans in 11-15 minutes and returns them to room temp in only 3.

A Coffee Berry Mural

This is indeed the fruit of the coffee tree which is quite vibrant before being harvested.

An Antique Coffee Grinder

The Cupping Table

This is where the research takes place. 4 types of beans all from different countries tasted side by side to assess their quality, aromas, and flavor profiles. This appeals greatly to us wine geeks.

After Cupping - Dripping Espresso

Of course, Erich (the genius roaster at NOVO) made us all killer espresso drinks after the class.

Macchiato under Construction

Like this one :-)

I will be posting a much more detailed piece on NOVO Coffee this week. I just wanted to whet your appetites for a little Java this Saturday and show off my wife’s camera skills.

Outside of NOVO on Larimer Street in Denver

Like this stunning shot of leaves and sky she saw and snapped as she was getting into the car to leave. Juliet is always inspired by caffeine.

Comments

      • jenjaroch says

        Have you ever seen a photo and knew you'd both daydream and dream about it? That's that shot for me. I might have to inquire if you're amazingly talented wife would ever sell her art. It's that…there are no words. :)

          • jenjaroch says

            I don't want those! 😉

            Seriously, email me or PM me on the FB. Let me know what the possible sizes and costs. Very serious. I bet Jason falls in love with it, too. He's at a conference.

            See? I'm picturing it in my head right now and it's making me smile. It makes me fee a lightness I cannot quite describe. That lightness says a lot when today is an "11" on the Fibro scale. Thank her for me. :)

  1. says

    I'm old fashion about my coffee–don't use a percolator, but probably would if it didn't take so danged long. I quit using drip machines–well sort of–because they seem to only last about six months before they start getting slower and slooowweeer, then stop altogether. Splurged and got a Bunn–the one with the insulated caraffe, so I can take the whole pot to my office–and love it! Takes three minutes to make a piping hot pot a coffee, and the caraffe keeps it hot enough (for me) for about three hours.
    So, you younguns go on about your "cupping", I'll just drink my regular stuff, made the regular way.
    I thought about mentioning what cupping meant "back in the day", but I've said enough, so I'll leave it in your capable hands.
    Cheers!
    OH! Great post! Fabulous pictures! Juliet done good!

    • says

      The way we drink coffee is a V-60 Pour-Over system and it is much more low-tech than your Bunn (which my parents have had since I was a kid). It takes about 7-10 minutes to produce 16 ounces of coffee like this and believe me when you are dropping 15 bucks for 12 ounces of beans you want to get the most out of it.
      Sure, I am all in favor of a good cup of Joe (preferably Community Coffee Roaster from Louisiana) but when I want something that elevates my day to the sublime I reach for my V-60.
      Just an FYI, cupping is the same procedure employed by large roasters like Folgers or Maryland Club, it is not something done only with small batch and fine producers.
      Now, as for your definition of cupping, it is not lost on me either, hence the reason I placed the word "coffee" in front of cupping the first time I used it lest it be confused with something carnal.
      I will relay your compliments to the photographer :-)

  2. says

    I'm curious about the coffee beans. Which countries do they come from?
    Interesting blog! Great photos,Juliet.
    On another note, my husband just brought home a bottle of ChocoVine by Europa. A blogger friend mentioned chocolate wine on Twitter, and I mentioned it to my husband. And voila, a bottle appears! Gonna break it open this week when my brother visits. Ciao.

  3. says

    Juliet's pictures sure do deserve a pre-post post of their own, and I agree, the light shining through those leaves is as full of life and promise as anything I've seen about flowers lately. Speaking of which, have you smelt the gorgeous, jasmine-y scent of the coffee flower? People grow it a lot here in their gardens as an offering flower. I know coffee doesn't jump to mind when we think of Sri Lanka, but it was in fact the crop of choice for the first wave of British colonial agriculture on the island (replaced by tea due to a blight that obliterated the crops after a decade or so). We still do grow coffee, and very fine some of it is too, though not in the same league as a good Arabica roasted in Italy … and turned into a macchiato and downed on the run …

    • says

      This was certainly one of those photos that made her happy. I was very proud to use it on the blog today. We are hoping to go to Ethiopia next year where we will see these flowers first hand. I would also very much like to see Sri Lanka in the next few years. I would love to try your coffee and see your country. Thank you for your comment and I look forward to more lovely exchanges with you.
      Cheers!
      M

  4. says

    Fabulous photos, Juliet really has a great eye for composition.

    As for coffee, I love it and got hooked on espresso in Italy but like wine, I don't know enough about what makes one coffee better than another so I just rely on my tastebuds and try not to think about it too much. Happy to learn though and coffee cupping sounds fascinating :-)

    • says

      Down in your part of the world I hear coffee is amazing! I bet you can find a cupping or two if you Google it.
      Juliet is really great with a camera..she does great work. As always we are so excited by your kind comments.
      Your tastebuds are precisely where you should put your trust :-)

  5. Christina says

    Great pics…Juliet does indeed have an eye for the unique. I also love, love, love the last photo. At first look, I thought it was a lovely painting. It's beautifully real and I'm grateful to Juliet for having that eye to see something of beauty that could be so easily glanced over. Thanks again for sharing.

  6. says

    The antique coffee grinder caught my eye..my parents' had one in their basement and I just realized it is probably lost forever! I so wish I had taken it; truly a memory from the past. It's the morning hours as I type here and just had my espresso, but these photos have me longing for a really, well made one!

  7. says

    Ack! Once again I feel like a social misfit because I don't drink coffee, but this place could make me a convert! Well, at least I would love their tea. Cool place! And your wife's pictures are gorgeous. Love them all!!

    Elisa

  8. says

    So where do people find these coffee cuppings? Of course, I've heard of wine tasting and wine dinners, but never for coffee!

    Lovely pictures, can't wait to read the extended piece on it!

    • says

      Well, this one was at a local Denver roaster. You should Google coffee roasters in your area then send them a quick note and ask if they do public cuppings :-) Coffee is purported to have 3x more distinguishable aromatics than wine..this gets me jazzed!

      • says

        This may sound lame in comparison to such haute couture things such as a coffee cupping, but I've made it a goal to try every Starbucks roast to kind of enhance my coffee palate.

        I'm definitely going to google coffee events in our area! Coffee in general just fascinates me so much.

        Have you written a post about any wine tastings? I'd love to learn to be a wine/coffee connoisseur.

        • says

          there is a little about wine tasting in here. I tasted and sold wine professionally for 15+ years so I am sure I will return to more on the descriptive side of wine at some point. For now, I like to tell stories associated with wine more than details on tasting. You should look at the blog Italian WIne Geek and the Website SNOOTH as I like them both very much for wine details :-)

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