I bet you thought you were about to read something scandalous? Nah! No chance. We’ve got something even better – an ode to our house blend, The Truth.
You could say this is the coffee that started it all. It’s been the steadfast espresso blend that’s been there from the start. It’s guzzled in the form of flat whites in cafés all over the South West and we couldn’t imagine a better coffee to do the job. We work with two outstanding producers to create a blend that is consistent, balanced, sweet and works great with milk. Our focus is on building long-term and sustainable relationships with our entire supply chain in order to ensure consistency, traceability and great quality. I know none of this reads “sexy”, “exciting” or “ground breaking”, but you know what, that’s not what The Truth is about. It’s about cutting through the bullsh*t and creating the single most awesome house blend for our customers.
The Truth is a 50/50 blend of equally fantastic Brazilian and Colombian coffees and we’re going to tell you more about both origins.
Brazil Fazenda Paraiso
The Brazil element of The Truth is produced on a farm called Paraiso, by a fantastic producer called Guy Carvalho. Guy is an agronomist who works closely with other farmers in his community to help improve their farming practices. He even has a Youtube channel (and an Instagram page) where he shares information about his agronomic escapades. It’s gripping stuff, if you know Portuguese.
Guy is a great example of responsible farming with biodiversity at its core. He acquired his farm back in 1990 and it’s part of several initiatives to improve high-quality production in Brazil. Fazenda Paraiso is situated in Cabo Verde, a traditional coffee region which has a great microclimate and ideal conditions for growing coffee, but what’s incredible is that more than 20% of his farm is in preserved, indigenous forest. There are also several water springs protected by native vegetation. The dried coffee husks from processing are returned to the tillage in the form of organic compost to further enrich the soil. The farm also benefits from having a beekeeping neighbour, meaning there is a good quantity of natural pollinators during flowering. The farm is located in a mountainous area and the forests run between the coffee plantation, forming a large ecological corridor allowing the transit of wild animals. The list could go on.
Sounds nice and romantic, right? Yeah, but the fact is, Guy’s coffee tastes incredible as a result and brings an amazing mouthfeel and sweetness to the blend. It’s a low acidity coffee, which is exactly what we want, and has notes of chocolate and a slight nuttyness running through it..
Colombia La Restitución
The Colombian element of the blend is a freaking triumph. It’s part of an amazing community project called Frutas La Restitucion which you can read about below. The remarkable thing about this coffee is that back story aside, it’s hands down the best tasting Colombian coffee we can buy for the price. Que the backstory…
Ok, we can’t tell you about the history of Colombia and its struggles with FARC in one blog post. We will, however, try and summarise it for the context of the community project that this coffee is part of.
In a really small nutshell – FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) was a left wing guerrilla group formed in 1964. They supported the redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor. In order for the group to support themselves financially, they partook in illegal activity including drug trafficking. One of the motivations for stealing land and forcing farmers off of their coffee (and cocoa) farms was to have control over the producing regions and their subsequent trafficking corridors. As well as recruiting the farmers into the group whom they’d forced off their land.
This coffee is part of a community project that has reinstated farmers who lost their land due to forced abandonment, displacement or dispossession during the long-standing conflict with FARC. The project not only helps farmers recover their farms, but through various initiatives, encourages better sustainability and quality. This coffee is produced by 253 smallholder producers within the municipality of El Tablon de Gómez.
As we said, this coffee is a firm favourite around the roastery and what we really love about it is its sweetness and balance. It has a bright but clean acidity, and a really gutsy body supported by a chorus of chocolate and nougat. Blended with the Brazil Paraiso, this creates something far greater than the sum of its parts, and for us is the most incredible house blend.