Buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy ride! Not only have we had all the news about the coffee pods, but it’s also now February which means that even in the coldest part of our winter, one eye is on spring and who isn’t looking forward to that? Before we get there though, we have A LOT of changes happening on the coffee counter over the next two months and to keep up with it all here is a summary of recent arrivals and the almost-heres.
Our new crop coffees from Brazil – Irmãs Pereira and Santa Inês – are on the counter now. We buy these to share a similar profile of sweet chocolate and nutty notes. They have both landed tasting delicious.
From Costa Rica, El Chinito is back on the counter and delighting us with its marmalade citrus notes. In the next few months keep watch for La Esperanza which has stolen a little piece of our hearts for the sheer tenacity and ambition of Oscar Junior. It is a natural process coffee and his very first export to the UK.
The first of our latest coffees from Nariño (Colombia) will arrive in the next few weeks. We have Finca Galeras and Perla del Valle up first. The Nariño farms are small, so this means small shipments. If you have a favourite, then get in quickly as each coffee will only be on the counter for about six weeks.
From El Salvador, La Divina Providencia will make way for La Bendición soon as well. Just like La Esperanza, La Bendición marks the beginnings of the next generation’s foray into the coffee growing world. It is exciting for us to have been around long enough to see this happening!
Our new crop from Bolivia should also make it onto the counter in March. We are starting with coffee from Finca Don Carlos. This is the first of ten washed-process coffees we have from Agricafe this year. This coffee will replace Thiriku from Kenya. The new crop from Kenya will land in the UK later in the year.
The latest decaffeinated coffee from La Bolsa (Guatemala) will arrive soon. Its flavour notes of plums and honey is a contrast to the outgoing Fazenda IP (Brazil) with its heavy malty notes. A nice decaf with which to go into spring and summer.
While we all like variety in life, this is a rather lot of coffee to change during a couple of months. Even with all our planning and forecasting it can be this way from time to time, so if your current favourite is no longer available and you need some help choosing your next, just let us know we would be happy to help! In our shops you can sample any of the coffees you like the look of, and online we have a terrific chat function that connects you to a real-life person who knows the ins and outs and can make a recommendation. The chat function is only live while they are at work, so if it is out of hours, please look at the tasting notes on the coffees. Compare them with the tasting notes of your current choice and you will be able to make a similar like-for-like decision.
April should be a lot calmer on the coffee counter!