CASA - Espresso Blend - 100% Arabica
60% Brazil: Ouro Verde: (Rainforest Alliance Certified)
40%: El Salvador: Los Pirineos (microlot)
We've worked hard over the past year to perfect our iconic blue label Casa. Given that speciality coffee is all about seasonal harvests, we can confidently reproduce our taste profile with Brazilian and Central American Arabica beans.
Currently we've have plumped for a yellow catuai varietal from Fazenda Ouro Verde has an amazing sweetness, yet the punch needed to cut through milky espresso-machine based drinks. So, its the ideal base for our Casa Espresso blend.
As its bezzy mate, we've chosen the typical chocolatey flavours of an El Salvadoran Arabica. It's a Red Bourbon varietal, a favourite of ours and a delight to roast. Honestly, we're spoiling y'all with this unbeliveable house blend. (Don't take my word for it though ... just look at what you're saying on the REVIEWS tab above!)
So what's our objective? We want...
- A coffee that's got the boldness through an espresso machine as an unadulturated espresso, yet has the body and punch to compliment all milky drinks
- A blend of 100% single-origin Arabica beans that tastes amazing, without any hint of the astringency you'll find with Robusta coffee
- To remain committed to using farms whose produce is fully traceable. With this provenance, we can rely on an excellent crop from each harvest. And in this way, we can reproduce a consistent roast profile and keep you smiling
- A taste profile that has good balance, a full-mouthfeel, with nutty and dark chocolate notes and a refreshing berry finish
Brew Method: Made to measure for an espresso machine. If you have a home espresso machine, then our "blue label" is an essential companion. It's also absolutely cracking to use with a stove top. The new model Bialetti Brikka, will give you a great crema too, so it's an ideal way to start the day, if you're on a budget. And because we roast fresh at least once a week, you'll get the very best our of this amazing 100% Arabica blend. As we say in Cumbria: “Champion”.
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Casa - Espresso Blend
BRAZIL - Ouro Verde:
Region: THe Cerrado, Minas Gerais
Farm: Naimeg Family
Altitude: 1000 masl
Varietal: Yellow Catuai
Fazenda Ouro Verde (Green Gold Farm) is one of four farms owned by the Naimeg group, a family business headed up by the founder Gerson Naimeg. Gerson, the son of a German settler and Brazilian mother, established his first farm in 1965 when he bought a small plot of land in Uba located in northern Paraná. Like many others, he and his family moved to the Cerrado to avoid the annual threat of frost and now they have four farms in the region. Fazenda Ouro Verde is around 130 hectares in size with 100 hectares set aside for coffee and is located near the city of Patos de Minas, at an altitude of approximately 1000 meters above sea level. The farm successfully grows varietals of Catuai and Acaia on the local clay loam soils and harvesting is mechanical thanks to the flat lay of the land.
In processing of the Brazilian Oure Verde, the ripe cherries are machine picked and put into a Pinhalese depulper which removes the skin of the cherry leaving sticky beans exposed. The sorted cherries are then spread out to dry on a patio for a period of around 8 to 10 days depending on the weather. During this time the sugars and enzymatic by-products are absorbed into the heart of the bean lending the cup its distinctive sweet and full bodied flavour – great for espresso. The farm has won awards in national espresso competitions in recognition of its good character in the cup. Once dry the parchment coffee is put into ‘tulhas’ (large wooden vats) where the moisture and flavour is allowed to even out during the resting period. Finally, just prior to shipment, it is dry milled and sorted to remove any defect beans before being packed into 60kg jute bags lined with GrainPro to protect the quality of the coffee during transit and storage. In line with Brazilian law, 20% of the land at Fazenda Ouro Verde is given over to a nature reserve where indigenous plants provide a habitat for wildlife. This coupled with the social standards which have been established for the people that work the land, has led to Rainforest Alliance certification for the farm.
This bean scored 84.00 by on the SCAA scoresheet when cupped.
Acidity – 7 - 7.5
Mild acidity, pleasant
Sweetness – 7.5 - 8
Excellent sweetness with more sugars being absorbed from the pulp
Character – 7.75 - 8
Plum-like, nutty, chocolate on the darker side
Body – 8 - 8.5
Medium to full body
Balance – 7.5- 8.5
EL Salvador: Los Pirineos (Microlot LP23)
Country: El Salvador
Farm: Gilberto Baraona
Altitude: 1550 masl
Varietal: Red Bourbon
Los Pirineos Coffee farm has been in the Baraona Family from more than 120 years,since 1880. Gilberto Baraona is an 8 times winner of Cup of Excellence in El Salvador. The Farm is located at the top of the Tecapa Volcano, in the Tecapa Chinameca Coffee Region. The farm has been the experimental ground for several new varietal projects, such as the Central America F1 variety. Currently Los Pirineos is starting to grow more than 10 new varietals that will start producing in 2017. New varietals include Orange Pacamara, Geisha, Bourbon Elite, Bourbon Laurina, Javas, and Kenya. For the lowers altitudes below 1200 meters varietals such as Castillo Naranjal, Costa Rica 95, Lempira, Obata, and Casiopea.
The farm and Mill have 50 full time employees taking on a further 75 during the peak of the harvest. Gilberto’s obsession with quality means he pays well above the legal minimum wages to all his staff. He requires far more precision and attention to detail than the average coffee farm and so must invest time and money in the people who manage the processing. As a result of the training and support he offers even his temporary staff are consistent from year to year.
Gilberto’s dedication to quality is uncompromising. He has the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in El Salvador and is constantly testing and exploring new options for unique cup character. It is with great excitement that we are working with him and hope to extend our offering from his farms in the coming years.
Peach, hints of jasmine, praline, medium body and very sweet