Pour Over: Kalita "Wave" Series

Pour Over: Kalita "Wave" Series

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Coffee can be consumed and brewed in various ways. One preferred method is the pour over, which produces a much cleaner, crisper cup than a regular drip machine.

With the Kalita Wave ceramic dripper, a barista pours hot water over coarse coffee grounds, which lay flat in a paper filter. The first step is the initial bloom, which soaks the grounds and coaxes them to expand. The pourer waits about ten seconds and then consistently drenches the grounds with a steady, even pour, which starts the flow of coffee to the hot carafe.

Brewing with the pour-over method is a rhythm of pouring just boiled water over the grounds, taking care not to drown them and plug the filter. The process can take from three to six minutes, and the result is a clean, fresh cup with a rounded flavor and no residue from previous brews.

The Kalita heat resistant tempered glass server allows for multiple coffee lovers to enjoy a pour over simultaneously.


Benefits of a pour over:

  • Clean and pure cup with no residue from previous brews
  • Bold and even flavor notes
  • Fresh and made to order
  • Inexpensive
  • Time and energy efficient
  • Quick cleanup—no decalcification process
  • Good for a single cup

National Coffee Day 2017: The Finer Points of Latte Art

National Coffee Day 2017: The Finer Points of Latte Art

Ian Everhart pours steamed milk in the design of a tulip at the latte art workshop on National Coffee Day in September. Photo by Sydney Lester

Ian Everhart pours steamed milk in the design of a tulip at the latte art workshop on National Coffee Day in September.
Photo by Sydney Lester

UPTOWN TUNNEL COFFEE, WILLIAMSTOWN — In celebration of National Coffee Day on September 29, Tunnel City baristas hosted a latte art workshop at Uptown Tunnel, the coffee company’s newest shop on Spring St. Participants learned how to swirl steamed milk into the popular rosettas, tulips, and hearts that Tunnel City customers find atop their lattes at the espresso bar.

At least 30 participants showed up to learn the secrets behind making certain designs, how long the process takes, and how to get a design to surface to the top of the drink. “It was fun seeing people show genuine interest in creating latte art and learning what goes into it,” said Tunnel City barista Matt Rose.

Earlier that day, Rose demonstrated how to brew the iconically potent and flavorful pour-over drip coffee with the Kalita Wave outside Uptown Tunnel. People stopped by to taste the sweet medium roast Costa Rican from the Tarrazu Coope, roasted by Tunnel City at its North Adams facility.

Uptown Tunnel hosts regular demonstrations relating to alternative brewing methods and looks forward to hosting more events like the latte art workshop in the future.

Ian Everhart (left) and Matt Rose demonstrate how to pour tulip latte art at a workshop during National Coffee Day in September at Uptown Tunnel.  Photo by Sydney Lester

Ian Everhart (left) and Matt Rose demonstrate how to pour tulip latte art at a workshop during National Coffee Day in September at Uptown Tunnel. 

Photo by Sydney Lester

Hudsons' vibrant abstract paintings occupy Tunnel City walls with fall art exhibit

Hudsons' vibrant abstract paintings occupy Tunnel City walls with fall art exhibit

WILLIAMSTOWN — October 16, 2017—Jeff and Jane Hudson embraced after hanging the last painting at 100 Spring St. earlier this month, marking the start of this phase of their life. From a guitar and a video camera to paint brushes and an iPad, the local artists have probed almost everything the arts have to offer.

“I feel excited about this stuff and Jane feels excited and we’re kind of ready,” Jeff Hudson said about their first gallery together at Tunnel City Coffee on Spring Street. “We like the whole scene.”

Jane Hudson presents colorful abstract gouache paintings on arches paper. Gouache painting consists of opaque watercolors mixed with a glue-like substance/binding agent called gum arabic to create a unique texture and medium.

“The imagery recollects early modernism but is within a contemporary re-visioning of abstraction,” she said.

She explained that a painting starts as a quixotic pencil drawing, then it's brought to life with an assortment of colors.

“In every stage of life you have different goals depending on what the context is,” she said. “At this point, painting and really going deep into painting is what I want to do. I’ve done music and video and photography, etc. There’s all kinds of reasons why I don’t do those anymore — it had something to do with the period I was in. Now because I have… time and the space, both at home and in the antique shop, I can really devote myself to painting.”

Jane Hudson’s paintings developed out of her love for early modernism, Russian constructivism, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

“The color is totally personal and exciting and infinite,” she said. “There’s no particular message. The paintings seem to connect with people on the level on the kind of joy and almost a lyrical quality. People respond to them in a really positive way. I’m comfortable where I am right now… it evolves.”  

While the couple’s work differ in mediums, the color schemes naturally complement each other.

Jeff Hudson created his latest paintings on an iPad using Procreate 4 — a digital arts software and application. One digital painting depicts a large rabbit with ‘Save Me’ written above it and another, currently on display at Tunnel City Coffee at Mass MoCA, is a digital painting with a large crocodile, a small drawing of an alien in the bottom right corner and the words ‘No Water’ written above the crocodile.

“The artwork is funny, colorful, humorous witty, ironic — but loving! I watch a lot of news and use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” said Jeff Hudson about the inspiration behind features of his digital paintings.

Jeff Hudson made each frame for his current show by hand.

“The frames are part of the paintings,” he said.

Previously he worked with gouache and acrylic paintings on canvas — one of which, a grid-like painting, hung at Tunnel City at Mass MoCA this summer. He said he made the paper-to-screen transition after downsizing from storing an abundance of paintings.

“I’m really pretty happy with the look of the paintings. The quality is great –– resolution is excellent,” he said.

Musicians

Before the Hudsons became Northern Berkshire County residents, they spent a majority of the 1970s and 80s playing music at venues in Boston, New York and Philadelphia.

Jane Hudson played the bass and sang in a cult electronic-pop/punk band called The Rentals with her husband who used a synthesizer and drum machine. Their sound was a combination of guitar-driven punk and pure synth pop.

They’ve appeared with The Clash, PIL, Duran Duran, Alan Vega and Ministry, to name a few. They’ve been described as “the synth wave couple of the U.S.,” according to a write-up in Berkshire On Stage that previewed their 2012 performance at Club B-10 at Mass MoCA.

Eventually the duo slowed down on recording and producing music together to pursue separate interests. Jeff Hudson ventured into producing music videos and Jane Hudson experimented with video art, teaching and managing galleries.

They released solo albums in 2013 and their latest album, "The Middle," in July 2016.

Teaching, Technology and Antiques

Jane Hudson taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate art courses at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston between 1972 and 2006. These included Advanced Media Arts, Videography, Media Theory, Contemporary Art, Cultural Theory and Philosophy. She also served on numerous school committees and taught English/communications at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts from 2007 to 2008. Jeff Hudson taught video/performance at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts from 1974 to 2006.

Jane Hudson describes her video experimentation as a “poetic or metaphorical expression of an individual woman within the wider context of media representations.”

Since first practicing with analog technology, the Hudsons said they’ve grown with the technological revolution and consider themselves lucky to keep pace. The transitions involve using a variety of Mac-based photography and videography editing programs, as well as creating paintings on an iPad and producing pieces for single-channel, installation and web contexts.

“We use social media to share our work and on some level it reaches all over the world,” Jane Hudson said.

“It’s just pictures… there’s this whole expansive world of sharing images,” Jeff Hudson added. “Some people just paint and don’t share. More and more people use social media to share their work.”

The Hudsons do just that while running Hudson Art, an art gallery and antiques and collectibles shop. They formerly ran North Adams Antiques on Main Street and later at Mass MoCA in the space that second Tunnel City cafe occupies.

“We’ve done it all and now we're back to just us,” Jane Hudson said. “We’re always helping others and that’s great.”

Visit Hudson Art at 112 Water St. Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and their Tunnel City exhibit on display at 100 Spring St. until the end of December.

Jeff Hudson’s ‘Space Girl’ painting, left, is displayed at Tunnel City Coffee next to his wife’s acrylic painting on canvas titled ‘Base.’

Jeff Hudson’s ‘Space Girl’ painting, left, is displayed at Tunnel City Coffee next to his wife’s acrylic painting on canvas titled ‘Base.’

Tunnel City Coffee fuels Freshgrass Festival campers

Tunnel City Coffee fuels Freshgrass Festival campers

Thousands of bluegrass music lovers flocked to the Berkshires between Sept. 15 and 17 for the sixth annual FreshGrass Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts (Mass MoCA). 

A percentage of the attendees could be found in a tent or RV in area campgrounds — such as Clarksburg State Park and Historic Valley Campground for example. Many sported their red three day pass wristbands as they groggily ventured to the bathroom on the morning of Sept. 16. Upon their return, the Tunnel City Coffee van was parked waiting with a hot cup of a light roast, single-origin Brazil Peaberry

Tunnel City opened a cafe over one year ago on the Mass MoCA campus, which led to further involvement in the museum’s events. 

Tunnel City staff gave away about 100 burlap coffee sacks to FreshGrass campers, each wrapped with a $5 off whole bean coffee promo card.

When the company receives a shipment of an abundance of green coffee beans they are transported in the burlap sacks. They’re also embellished with unique designs connecting back to the farm or region the beans are sourced from. Campers used the sacks to sit on during the festival. 

Folks hailed from states as far as Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Oregon and as near as New Hampshire, Connecticut and New Jersey.

To purchase Tunnel City Coffee whole beans visit tunnelcitycoffee.com/shop.

Tunnel City returns to its roots with Uptown Tunnel at Williams Bookstore

Tunnel City returns to its roots with Uptown Tunnel at Williams Bookstore

A quieter take on the bustling Spring St. staple, Tunnel City Coffee’s ’Uptown Tunnel’ offers double doses of espresso and lattes in an intimate and near poetic space. The youngest of the Tunnel siblings, the ‘Uptown’ edition celebrates specialty coffee with pour over events, tastings and community education sessions covering topics like alternative brewing methods and coffee production. 

“We’re going back to our roots with Uptown Tunnel,” says Tunnel City owner Paul Lovegreen. “At our new shop, you can get a beautiful tetsubin cast iron pot of tea brewed and brought to your table, or a mug of light roast coffee from a small farm in Thailand. Uptown Tunnel is a place for our customers to enjoy a personalized experience in an intimate space.” 

For Tunnel City, providing specialty coffee in a small town is about sharing something with the people who make it home. 

“We believe that it’s important to show that a small community like Williamstown can stack up to major cities in serving the highest quality coffee,” says Lovegreen. “You can get a bag of whole bean specialty coffee right outside your front door.” 

Community to community

Uptown Tunnel will offer small batches of imported specialty coffee sourced from small communities in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica, to name a few. These varieties are available for whole bean purchase by the bag, as well as by the cup. “It’s exciting for us to offer specialty coffee produced by small farms,” says Lovegreen. “It connects our small community of Williamstown to a small community in say, Costa Rica or Sumatra. We want to grow these relationships between our growers and customers as much as possible.” 

Drip coffee is now available as a pour-over, one of several brewing methods to be featured at the new shop. “We’ll demonstrate alternative brewing methods every week,” says Lovegreen. “We’ll feature the Kalita Wave for pour overs, then the Aeropress, Chemex. We’re experimenting with different ways of brewing our specialty coffee and sharing that knowledge with our community.” Customers can also enjoy a few non-dairy milks at Uptown Tunnel, including coconut and almond, and soon, hemp. The result is an expanded variety of textures, tastes and options for those seeking out more than soy.   

For visitors at Tunnel’s main Spring St. shop, Uptown Tunnel is a quiet diversion from the quick cup of coffee. Uptown will soon host evenings featuring local artists, as well as its regular brewing and tasting events. “We look forward to bringing our creative community into the shop to showcase the personality of Williamstown.” says Lovegreen. “Our goal for Uptown Tunnel is to give people a space where they can get together with friends and stay for an hour or two and enjoy what Williamstown has to offer."

Tunnel City Coffee is a specialty coffee roasting company located in the northern Berkshires. Its flagship store on Spring Street in Williamstown features a full-service espresso bar, whole bean coffee, loose tea and pastry. Since its establishment in 1992, Tunnel City’s operations have grown to include a coffee bar on the Mass MoCA campus, an expanded coffee roasting facility in the Norad Mill of North Adams and Uptown Tunnel at Williams College. To purchase products or learn more, please visit TunnelCityCoffee.com or call 413. 458. 5010. Follow Tunnel City Coffee: facebook.com/TunnelCityCoffee, @tunnelcitycoffee on Instagram, @TunnelCity on Twitter

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