Now that the Winter of our discontent is over, we can finally dream about the possibilities of Spring. Bluer skies, longer days, taking a ride, or maybe a run— say, with 50,000 friends? For many of us, the Bloomsday Run is a kind of anchor for the year — a motivation to train, a marker of the sweet turn from Spring towards Summer, a chance to tour Spokane, WA at a leisurely (or gut-busting) pace. Bloomsday celebrates the spirit of Spokane, and we are happy to celebrate and support Bloomsday with their very own custom blend.
We worked closely with the Bloomsday crew to formulate the perfect companion coffee — one with familiar, comforting, satisfying flavors. The chocolatey notes of our best Central and South American beans produce a sessionable cup profile. This coffee is for the everyday runner, the first time walker, and the elite athlete who will wow us all with their speed and grace. It’s for the months before: early mornings, before work, spent getting that training run in. Or a little pick-me-up, mid-afternoon, because, well, you just want it.
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!