While we take a short break from our three tier range (and refurb our Probat roaster), we’re offering this prepaid curated collection of three fantastic coffees. This collection will send you on a coffee discovery journey and includes a coffee from each of our three tiers; The Classic, The Curious and The Contemporary. Read below for more details on what’s included and about the coffees.
Month 1 – The Classic Brazil Mió Estate (Honey)
What’s this we have here? Another top-shelf Brazil, hell yeah! When selecting coffees from Brazil, there is a lot of choice (almost too much) since it’s been the world’s leading coffee producer for 150 years and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. In 2016 it is thought that 2.59 million metric tonnes of coffee was produced in Brazil alone, accounting for 26% of the total global coffee production.
This coffee is produced by Mió Estate, located in Monte Santo. In 2020 Mió decided to do something quite radical by deciding to oversee every part of its supply chain. In collaboration with some great companies, they became not only a farm but an exporter, an importer and a warehouse in the UK.
The unique location of this farm combines two distinct terrains, one bringing a citric acidity, the other a full body and sweetness to Mió’s coffee. The farm dedicates the same amount of land to growing coffee as they do to native forest reserves as they strongly believe in the importance of preserving the natural characteristics of the land.
So you might be wondering what makes this stand out to all the other Brazil’s we’ve tasted? We can certainly say that the creamy texture of this coffee is what really caught our attention, followed by its soft acidity. It’s got that quintessential nutty Brazil thing and sweet sugary notes that are reminiscent of nougat or maple syrup. It works great with milk too, it’s like having a slice of coffee and walnut cake. What more could you want?
Month 2 – The Curious Timor Leste Atsabe Wet Mill (Natural)
It would be difficult for us to start describing this coffee without a little bit of background about its country of origin, Timor-Leste. For those of you older than 19, yes East Timor is the same place as Timor-Leste. Having found its sovereignty in 2002, it is one of the world’s youngest countries.
Historically, oil was the main industry the country’s economy relied on. Now, Timor-Leste is facing huge economic upheaval as its oil reserves begin to run dry. In its place, coffee is set to become the nation’s most vital export with 37% of households depending on coffee for their income.
We sourced this coffee through Raw Material – a visionary NGO working alongside farmers in Timor-Leste, to help sustainably raise and maintain the quality of the coffee being produced. These coffees are forest-garden grown, meaning they are fully shade-grown in the wild forest lands of the Ermera region, pretty interesting and uncommon growing conditions for coffee.
We’re so excited by this coffee, not least because we love tasting the terroir and character of a region that’s unfamiliar to us. It’s reminiscent of a couple of Sumatran coffees we’ve tasted with its pronounced melon flavour. There is also a lovely lavender floral character and a white grape acidity. With milk, the character is mellowed out a bit, but it makes way for creamy notes of caramel to shine through. If you drink this coffee as an espresso with some milk, it tastes just like a mars bar.
Month 3 – Bolivia Los Rodriguez Java (Washed)
This is the second year we’ve bought coffee from the revered Los Rodriguez family. This year we were lucky enough to get our hands on their exceptional Java variety.
It’s generally very difficult to find speciality grade coffees from Bolivia these days due to its very interesting and complex coffee history. In the early 2000s, it was exporting close to 85,000 bags of coffee when it was hit really hard with coffee rust, a disease that decimated many farms and had a knock-on effect on the nation’s coffee industry. In 2018, only 23,300 bags were exported and a tiny portion of those were sold as speciality grade.
This coffee is grown by the Rodriguez family on their Kusillo and La Linda farms. It’s 100% Java which is a relatively rare variety with a long history of cultivation. As the name suggests, the variety was introduced to the island of Java directly from Ethiopia by the Dutch in the early 19th century. In Bolivia, it is most productive and produces the best cup quality when grafted onto Robusta root structures.
What makes this coffee so outstanding is its texture. Expect a thick and mega creamy mouthfeel with a very high quality, refined acidity. In the cup, we found subtle vanilla and pink flower notes with a distinct buttery biscuit finish. There is a little bit of fruit running through the cup, but it’s very controlled and is reminiscent of apricot jam.
Keep milk to a minimum and as a filter avoid altogether. It really kills it.