Expect a massive amount of chocolate and caramelized sugars brightened with a juicy acidity reminiscent of perfectly ripe pears. The finish is filled with butter toffee and juicy stone fruits ranging from peach to apricot. Perfectly sessionable!
Currently comprised of 2 of our favorite Limited Release offerings: Ethiopia Nano Challa & Peru El Chasqui. In an effort to put together everything we love about an outstanding espresso, great development of mouthfeel and sweetness while maintaining the integrity of acidity of our single origin offerings, "Coast to Coast" was born.
Wildflower honey and caramel fill the aroma. Rich sweetness dominate the cup profile like brown sugar with subtle acidity like that of honeydew melon. A classic representation of the Castillo variety!
Elena, with her immense knowledge of specialty coffee in Colombia, introduced us to Hacienda La Pradera. From those first samples, we knew a longer term relationship was being born. Over the course of the last year, Dean at Ally Coffee Importers helped us develop that relationship. This will be the first of many delicious offerings to come from Colombia thanks to the producers of La Pradera.
This Castillo variety was grown between 1,700-1,900 meters above sea level and processed using the washed method. Clean, crisp, deep sweetness only the best Castillo's have. Be on the lookout for more offerings coming from them in the year to come.
The cup profile is jam-packed with sweet, fruited flavors reminiscent of huckleberry jelly and all things purple. In classic Gesha fashion, a bouquet of fresh cut flowers wraps up the cup in a playful experience. The sweetness dominates the cup with browned butter, chocolate malt and a cranberry-orange vibrancy as the cup cools. One to experience, and even better, to share.
Gesha variety was originally collected from coffee forests in Ethiopia in the 1930s. It came to prominence in 2005 when the Peterson family in Boquete Panama entered it into the “Best of Panama” auction breaking the then-record, selling for over $20/lbs. In recent years, many producing countries have sought to produce high quality Gesha’s; however, with the intense management and high altitude required to produce world-class Gesha’s, before this year very few we’ve cupped have wowed us enough to purchase.
This year is different! Mexico has been a core part of our sourcing initiative for nearly 10 years. When an opportunity to work with a neighboring community to Majomut (a.k.a. F-Bomb ), we seized the opportunity. Luis Herrera harvested 120kg of their first year’s production on 2-hectares designated to the Gesha trees. We purchased the entire production to share with you!
Ripe tropical fruits blended with sweet melon saturate the aromatics and flavor profile of this cup. We taste papaya, melon, and mango wrapped in a rounded cup finishing with a lingering orange creamsicle sweetness.
Direct from the sourcing team who made this coffee possible, Red Fox Coffee Merchants , here is the story behind this legendary coffee: “2019 is an exciting year for Nano Challa. Historically one of the most coveted coffees in all of Western Ethiopia. In 2009 when Aleco first traveled to meet the people behind the Nano Challa cooperatives, their coffees were owing into the marketplace undifferentiated and undervalued. Once USAID’s Technoserve project, which focused on improving African coffee farmers’ lives by helping them get better prices for their coffee, established the Nano Challa washing station, Aleco saw the unique character of their coffee and invested in developing relationships with its producers, which have grown stronger to this day."
Expect a massive amount of chocolate and caramelized sugars brightened with a juicy acidity reminiscent of pluots. As the cup cools, the chocolate begins to turn creamy while praline sweetness leaves a lingering finish.
Back for a second year! While we love bringing on new coffees, our favorite scenario is when we find a producer group that aligns with our values who we can partner with long-term. ACODIHUE’s Manos de Mujer group is a perfect example of that. Located in Huehuetenango, a coffee-growing region in western Guatemala. ACODIHUE has obtained the certification Manos de Mujer (Women's Hands) through which the co-op acknowledges their contribution to their household and to the national economy.