Hatchet Coffee Opens its Doors to Boone’s Outdoor Community

first_imgThis September will mark the one-year anniversary of Hatchet Coffee’s slow bar, a countertop-shop and lounge that shares a space with Boone, North Carolina’s local bouldering gym, Center 45 Climbing. Fittingly, the milestone will be celebrated with the second annual Legend of El Volcancito Dyno Competition, an event that encapsulates Hatchet’s core values; community, climbing and coffee.Alongside strong competitors throwing themselves at big moves on plastic, the event will be host to Paulina Schippers of Dos Niñas Coffee Importers, there to represent her father’s coffee farm, Finca San Luis El Volcancito, whose site rests on a (dormant) volcano in Guatemala’s Santa Rosa region. Cultivating relationships, like the one they share with Dos Niñas, is a step in the direction of Hatchet’s ultimate goal; rather than shell out high premiums for certifications and labels, when it comes to sourcing coffees Hatchet’s long term vision looks straight to the source, working in the most direct-trade fashion with the farmers who grow their precious commodity, thereby ensuring that the dollars they pay for the beans end up nourishing the local economies where they were grown.While their brick and mortar shop is soon to be celebrating its first birthday, Hatchet began roasting and distributing in early 2015. The last two-and-a-half years have seen the coffee roasting enterprise come into its own, expanding its roasting operation from the early days of countertop popcorn-popper experimentation, to purchasing a roaster from Chattanooga’s Velo Coffee Roasters, adding the slow bar and lounge space to the original roasting site beside Center 45, to providing wholesale coffee to 30-odd businesses throughout the High Country. Former bakers at Stick Boy Bread Company, the like-minded (and like-named) co-founders Jeremy Bollman and Jeremy Parnell realized their shared passion for quality coffee during late-night bread shifts. That, combined with a desire to contribute to Boone’s committed outdoor community, led the pair to envision Hatchet Coffee Company- a business pursuit flavored with strong outdoor ethos, that could bring fuel to outdoor locals through coffee.With quickly expanding wholesale operations, and a full docket of events, 2017 has seen Hatchet do just that. This spring, Hatchet contributed to the 6 Hours of Warrior Creek and Blood, Sweat and Gears bike races, and the Grayson Highlands Bouldering and Stewardship Weekend. Over the coming months, the young company will be among the sponsors for the High Country Beer Festival and High Country Half Marathon (both scheduled for August 26, 2017). With plans to brew onsite again this year, their presence over the past two years also has Hatchet quickly becoming a fixture at the Southeast’s premier outdoor climbing competition series: the Triple Crown Bouldering Series, three competitive bouldering events held at Boone’s Hound Ears (NC), Chattanooga’s Stone Fort (TN), and Steele’s Horsepens 40 (AL). Longtime climber and past Triple Crown competitor, co-founder Jeremy Parnell says joining the series was an obvious fit for the brand, “I knew in the early stages of starting Hatchet that we wanted to invest heavily in this series. Climbing and coffee go hand in hand and there is no better event to bring those two together. Being able to serve a community that we love by providing delicious hot coffee embodies why we started Hatchet.”In addition to finding Hatchet at outdoor events, locals and visitors can participate in events at Hatchet’s shop; in collaboration with Foggy Pine Books, the space is host to a monthly book club gathering, “Brew the Blue” outings feature hiking, photography and how-tos on brewing coffee outdoors, and recently initiated in-house tastings provide small groups the opportunity to attend “cuppings” of new coffees. To keep pace with their rapidly expanding operation, Hatchet’s staff has grown beyond the two founders. The pair have trained a handful of baristas, and with the heavy demands of roasting, have begun to apprentice local Alan Garvick on their methods. Along with roasting, Garvick’s photography serves the company well and as he says “joining Hatchet has not only been a huge opportunity for me to grow within the coffee industry and learn about coffee sourcing, roasting, and brewing, but also an opportunity to tap into my creative side and hone my photography. As more of an outdoor recreation and landscape photographer I’m lucky in that our branding really reflects who we are and the outdoors we enjoy.” Along with ever-rotating single-origin varietals, summertime at Hatchet means plenty of cold brew. Recently upping their production, Hatchet currently offers it bottled at select establishments, with future plans to can and distribute more widely. The fall season will also see a return of the locally- hailed Hatchet Coffee Porter, a collaboration with Booneshine Brewing.And while product offerings may change seasonally, Hatchet’s plans for the future are more lasting. “The biggest thing I’ve gained through being a part Hatchet is truly setting roots in the community and growing a network of like-minded individuals who love where we live, and are passionate about the things we do,” says Garvick. Echoing these sentiments, co-founder Jeremy Bollman outlined Hatchet’s plans for growth in “continuing to develop our space- transitioning from open lounge space with a slow bar/roasting operation to a full blown cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, pastry case, smoothies and larger espresso bar.”last_img read more

German television WDR made a documentary about Croatian tourism: Croatia without limits – tourist fever on the Adriatic

first_imgGerman television WDR recently broadcast a 45-minute documentary on tourism in Croatia.The title “Croatia without limits – tourist fever on the Adriatic” is authored by journalist Susanna Zdrzalek, and the announcement states that “the tourist boom in Croatia is accompanied by environmental scandals, overcrowded cities and endangering UNESCO World Heritage Sites.” Index.hr. In the documentary, the author focuses on four specific examples, ie locations where the uncontrolled growth of tourism and the lack of an appropriate development strategy create major problems – these are Dubrovnik, Plitvice, Split and Hvar.See the full documentary in full below in the attachment.last_img read more

Tyler Lydon impresses by doing the little things in college debut

first_imgTyler Lydon’s college basketball career was four minutes and 55 seconds old before Jim Boeheim threw him into an unnatural role.After Dajuan Coleman picked up his second foul on a driving Austin Price, Lydon dashed to the scorer’s table and a wave from the referee made him the first center off the bench of Syracuse’s season. All 6 feet 8 inches and 210 pounds of him were called on to man the center of the Orange’s 2-3 zone. Playing him there, as the “big man” of a three-forward lineup, was discussed as an option heading into the season.But no one, starting with Lydon, thought it’d happen so soon.“If you told me this probably in the summer I would have been like, ‘No way, you’re crazy,’” Lydon said of playing center before forward. “But after getting here and stuff, I’ve been playing a lot in practice and getting used to it. I’m feeling pretty comfortable in there.”On Friday, Lydon looked as much as Syracuse (1-0) opened its season with a 57-47 win over Lehigh (0-1) in the Carrier Dome. The freshman first filled in for Coleman, then played the wing, then shifted back to center, then back to the wing, and so on. Coleman finished with four fouls and just 13 minutes played. Lydon finished his college debut with four points, 11 rebounds — making him the only SU player to grab more than six boards — two blocks and three steals in 28 minutes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange sprinted ahead of the Mountain Hawks in the first half before fighting off a strong comeback in the second, and Lydon’s unrelenting effort was effective throughout the game.“A lot of energy,” SU point guard Michael Gbinije said of Lydon. “… He did a good job of blocking shots and rebounding today. He’s definitely going to be big for us.” Logan Reidsma | Photo Editor Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 13, 2015 at 11:12 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jessecenter_img Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.Less than a minute after coming off the bench, Lydon slid to the short corner and blocked a floater attempt by Lehigh forward Jesse Chuku. The ball floated out of bounds but Lydon toed the baseline, leapt in front of the first row of fans and flipped a save behind his back to start Syracuse’s offense the other way.After a Syracuse timeout at the 12:50 mark of the first half, Lydon sprinted back on defense, stole a pass intended for a cutter and found Trevor Cooney who raced down the court for an uncontested layup. A play later, Lydon reached his arms out to steal another pass and Malachi Richardson hit a mid-range jumper on the other end.Lehigh called a timeout to stop the mini run. Lydon bounced toward the Syracuse bench with a smile stretching across his face. Cooney ran to meet him close to half court and Lydon yelled “Let’s go” as the two exchanged a high-five.“Tyler was great on defense in the first half,” Boeheim said. “He made some great defensive plays out of the center position.”On the other end, Lydon mostly facilitated out of the high post and was hesitant to shoot his jump shot. With five minutes left in the first half, he caught the ball wide-open and awkwardly pump faked twice. The defender caught up to him and he traveled before swishing a 3 after the whistle.Boeheim said Lydon should shoot more confidently and added that Syracuse’s centers didn’t play as well in the second half. Lydon said that he didn’t slide as well defensively and could, less than a half hour after the game, already think of two or three plays that he messed up on. He also admitted he was nervous when he first entered the game and that that probably contributed to the small mistakes.But for a forward who began his career at center, nerves were more than warranted.“I’m not too surprised by anything anymore,” Lydon said. “It was good to get out there.” Comments Related Stories Gallery: Syracuse tops Lehigh in season-opening winWhat we learned from Syracuse’s season-opening win over LehighChinonso Obokoh rises for 4 blocks in Syracuse’s 57-47 win over LehighSyracuse couples 1st-half defense with late offensive push to topple LehighFast reaction: 3 takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening win vs. Lehighlast_img read more

Hales, Root lead the way for England

first_imgCHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP):Alex Hales and Joe Root made half centuries to help England to 310-6 at stumps on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka yesterday, although the tourists had a late boost with the dismissal of in-form Jonny Bairstow just before stumps.Hales made 83 and Root 80, and their third-wicket partnership of 96 pushed England into a solid position at a cold and cloudy Riverside Ground. However, both missed out on centuries when they appeared set for three figures.Hales was out to a reaction catch at slip by Angelo Mathews off spinner Milinda Siriwardana, dismissed after he had launched a big six down the ground off the slow bowler. Hales is still searching for his first test century.Root, who had played serenely, was surprised by the bounce of a delivery from Nuwan Pradeep (3-69) shortly after tea and was caught in the covers.Bairstow, coming off a century in England’s big win in the first test, contributed a typically attacking 48 from 57 balls with five fours before becoming seamer Pradeep’s third wicket of the opening day. Bairstow was dismissed four overs before stumps when he bottom-edged through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal.Moeen Ali was 28 not out and Chris Woakes undefeated on eight at the close.last_img read more