CITRUS • BALANCED • SWEET • SMOOTH
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 white honey Caturra + Catuai from Imperio Rojo micro-mill in Costa Rica and a honey processed Red Bourbon from Gahahe washing station in Burundi. Find out more information about both below;
||Imperio Rojo 50%
||Kayanza, North West Region
||Jose & Annie Alvarado
||Caturra + Catuai
Recommended Recipe as Espresso:
18 grams, 28-32 seconds, 42 gram extraction
Tasting Notes: Smooth, Balanced, Citrus, Honey
At the Farm, Imperio Rojo
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.
This year, we toured the farm and the mill and were very impressed by the overall operation. We started at the mill and viewed all of Jose's processing - he's experimenting with Naturals this season, which could make for an intriguing offering in years to come. The mill was very clean and organized and the excitement to tour us around was very apparent. We then drove up to the peak of the farm and overlooked the Chirripo mountains. Incredible. We walked through the rows of Caturra and Catuai and finally wrapped up our day long tour with a picnic at 2050m. A pretty special afternoon to compliment a pretty special coffee.
The versatility of this White Honey has us excited for our visit this coming season to see further improvements in quality of processing, picking and overall cup quality. Some new young trees to look forward to tasting this year. Thanks Jose for such an incredible coffee.
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 Alvarado.
At the Farm, Gahahe
Gahahe is a community washing station in the Kayanza province of Burundi. If you look at a map of Burundi, this is in the central North of the country, bordering Rwanda. It's where the majority (75%) of the countries coffee is grown.
The reason, or story at least, goes like this: a former king of Burundi one hundred or more years ago originated from Kayanza and loved coffee. He loved coffee and Kayanza so much that he decided it would be the only place coffee would be cultivated throughout the country, thus legislating that it could ONLY be grown there... It's now grown throughout the Northern provinces and I think scattered throughout the country. I've visited Ngozi and Muyinga the past two years as well and have really enjoyed the coffees being produced.
This is the second year we've had Gahahe as a part of our offering and I'll be honest with you we didn't actually purchase it the first year - it arrived accidentally instead of Gakenke, a neighbouring community washing station also owned by GreenCo. You can see how easily that might be mistaken... Now we much prefer the profile of Gahahe and have continued supporting them.
On it's own, this washed processed Red Bourbon is sweet, like a warmed honey or a brown sugar simple syrup. It's nicely balanced, with a medium acidity backing up that sweetness and giving structure. There's some soft citrus tones that compliment the flavours of Two Wheel and make for a nice blend.
First Year Rosso Purchased: 2018
Region: Kayanza, Northern Region of Burundi
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Processing Techniques Purchased: Honey
Elevation: 1650 - 2000
This is the second year visiting and purchasing from Gahahe Coffee Washing Station.