June's Roaster's pick: Espresso Blend #1
Our Espresso Blend#1 defies many conventions in the coffee world. It comes from a single farm, but is a sophisticated blend of different coffee plan varietals and processing methods. This “blend” is the result of our ongoing 10-year relationship with Daterra Estate, starting on the farm’s cupping table.
Daterra Estate is, perhaps, the world’s most technologically sophisticated coffee grower. They pioneered the Penta™ system that ensures quality from the plants in the nursery to the shipping of the coffee. The coffees in our Espresso blend #1 benefit from all of the Daterra innovations including a 7-step sorting process which uses 2 different laser sorts. The finished coffee is then stored in perfectly climate-controlled wooden silos and shipped to us five times throughout the year to ensure consistent quality for the entire year.
Daterra’s attention to detail also extends to their care for people and the land. Their name means “from the earth”. Daterra has been preserving and restoring native forests, wildlife and waterfalls resulting in 50% of their lands being designated Natural Preservation Areas. They also lead the industry with their on-site school for workers’ children and are highly sought in the area as the employer of choice.
This coffee is sweet with a rich body and notes of bittersweet chocolate and a hint of hazelnut-like nuttiness. It’s great as an espresso, but also as a drip coffee or in the Aeropress.