This is our 'house' espresso. It's smooth, easy to control, sweet and balanced. It holds up to milk with ease and showcases nicely when consumed black.
Currently a 50/50 blend of a Costa Rican coffee called Imperio Rojo and a Myanmar coffee from Pyin Oo Lwin. Find out more information about both below;
Recommended Recipe as Espresso:
18 grams, 28-32 seconds, 40 gram extraction
Tasting Notes: Smooth, Balanced, Citrus, Honey
Imperio Rojo is a mill we've been working with for the last four years. It's owned and operated by a husband and wife combo name Jose and Annie Alvarado. They're located in a beautiful area of Costa Rica called Chirripo and have land on their farm that spans up to 2100 metres. They're growing Catuai and Caturra and that's what makes up this particular offering.
Chirripo is a relatively new player when it comes to Costa Rican coffee producing areas. With production stretching back over the past few years, we are thrilled to be offering such a fantastic coffee in such an up and coming region. The views are amazing from the 2000m hills that are covered in coffee!
Jose owns and operates his Imperio Rojo. It's here that he does all of his processing with a meticulous degree of detail. He and his wife live at the mill, in an absolutely beautiful landscape.
Country: Costa Rica
Region: Cerro Chirripo
Producer: Jose Alvarado
Mill: Imperio Rojo
Varietal: Caturra and Catuai
Process: White Honey
Elevation: 1800-2000 metres
This is the fourth year working directly with Jose and Annie Alvarado.
The coffee from Myanmar is a regional blend from Pyin Oo Lwin. This means there are a handful of small holder producers that contribute their coffee cherries to a centralized point. The majority of what they produce is Catuai, with small percentages of SL34, Catimor and Typica. This coffee is gathered by the Mandalay Coffee Group and processed as a washed offering. It's clean and crisp and blends beautifully with Imperio Rojo.
Pyin Oo Lwin is an interesting area for coffee production. The days are hot and the nights are cold, which is great for the development and the storage of sugars within the coffee cherries. Though the altitude is low (1050-1200 metres) the climate changes the way the coffee plants mature and grow. This is the first year we've worked with coffee producers in Myanmar and are overall thrilled to be a part of a new frontier for specialty coffee production.
Region: Pyin Oo Lwin
Producer: Mandalay Coffee Group
Mill: Mandalay Coffee Group
Varietal: Catuai, SL34, Typica, Catimor
Elevation: 1050-1200 metres
This is the first year visiting and purchasing from Mandalay Coffee Group.