Well, we have another month of a lot of changes happening on the coffee counter so here is a round up on recent occurrences, current goings on and future happenings.
The new crops from Central America have arrived and we have already seen La Bugambilia (Guatemala), Las Gravilias and Telia – Herbazú (both Costa Rica) make their way on the counter in the last couple of weeks. Perennial favourites Malacara A and La Divina Providencia (both El Salvador) will be arriving soon.
From South America, we continue with the rotation of our smaller lots of washed and naturals from Bolivia. Cuchi Gonzales has just arrived and from Las Alasitas the java varietal will be replacing the caturra varietal. As mentioned previously, this is a super opportunity to taste the impact of varietal from the same farm.
Also from South America, we have our Colombia crop change from Nariño to Huila. These two regions sit on counterpart sides of the Cordillera Central – the mountain range that runs down almost the length of Colombia like a spine. Nariño sits on the western slopes where this range meets the Cordillera Occidental, and Huila on the eastern. This topographical feature has such an effect on weather and climate that the two regions have their main crop season around six months after the other. From Huila we have Finca Altamira and Finca La Piragua on the counter now. And in the Monmouth Espresso, we have our combined lots from Huila (Lo Mejor de Huila) taking over duties from Lo Mejor de Nariño.
Decaf fans amongst you will see our Decaffeinated Finca La Bolsa (Guatemala) replaced by Decaffeinated Fazenda IP (Brazil) over the next few weeks. The full malty notes of the IP make a nice contrast to the fruitier tones of the La Bolsa just in time for the weather to start its autumnal turn. Your writer has been experimenting with a low-caff lifestyle lately and has been enjoying blending decaf coffees with regular coffees in a 50:50 mix just to keep it a bit more chill and a little less buzzy. We’ll see how that pans out.
In the shops the florentines will reappear as soon as the weather starts to cool a bit. And we are hoping to have our next delivery of pods at the end of this month or beginning of October.
Please remember, especially if your current favourite has been replaced by something new, that all the coffees are available for sampling in our shops. The team would be delighted to make up a sample of whatever has just arrived or has caught your eye. If you shop online, you can always order a 100g bag of coffee before making a full commitment to something larger.
That’s it! Here’s hoping you have all seen some sun and are good and ready to get into it.