"CASA": Single Origin Espresso Blend - 100% Arabica - GREAT TASTE AWARD 2020

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  • CASA - Single Origin Espresso Blend - 100% Arabica

    Our single-origin Casa Espresso Blend has been awarded a UK GREAT TASTE AWARD in September 2020. 

    This is what the judging panel said about our coffee:
    "There are some wonderfully pronounced toasted peanut flavours in here, evocative of Pad Thai. Smooth, well balanced and gentle milk chocolate flavours run into the finish. Clean and pleasant."

    60% Brazil: Cachoeira
    40%: El Salvador: El Imposible

    We've worked hard 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.

    We use for the base the incredible Yellow Catuai Arabica coffee varietal from the Cerrado region.  (Read more about them on the "NERD ZONE" tab above). This Brazilian bean has an amazing honey sweetness with milk chocolate and hazelnut notes, yet the punch needed to cut through milky espresso-machine based drinks. So, its the ideal base for our Casa  Espresso blend. It's also ideal as a stand alone single origin, for those of you who like extra body in the cup.

    As its bezzy mate, we've chosen the typical chocolatey flavours of an El Salvador Arabica. It's a 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!)

    SCA Score - Brazil 86+ / El Salvador 85+

    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 - see our range of Bialetti - a great way to start the morning that keeps to a tight 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”.

    For more information about the beans, click on the "Nerd Zone" tab about ... you geeks, you!

  • Casa - Espresso Blend

    Component 1 - BRAZIL: Cachoeira

    Origin: Brazil
    Region: Minas Gerais
    Altitude: 1100 masl
    Varietal: Yellow Catuai
    Process: Natural Fermentation
    Notes: Milk chocolate, hazelnut and a strawberry fruit punch.
    SCA score – 86

    We're delighted have directly sourced a fantastic Rainforest Alliance Certified Brazilian bean. Working closely with Danilo's fazenda, we picked a beautiful of Brazilian coffee, with typically distinctive deep chocolate and hazelnut notes and touch of fruit finish.

    Fantastic for espresso based drinks in particular and for those who like a full-bodied and beautifully balanced Arabica coffee. It's fantastic through an espresso machine, stove top and as a pour-over. It’s incredibly versatile, so can be brewed in many ways, yet has the complexity of a high-end single origin. It's a delight to roast and we have a year's supply of it, so your espresso will be very consistent.

    Danilo is the owner and manager; his first harvest was in 79/80 crops. The success led him to develop the activity and growth of the explored area, acquirement of new farms and introduction of new harvest technologies. Nowadays the producer counts with 490 hectares of coffee plantation, which are carefully assisted by him, his son and the quality control team.

    The producer is associated with cooperatives which, in many ways provide information on the coffee market, quality, and courses. For the past two years, the farmer has concentrated countless efforts on the improvement of the production processes and management. Danilo has always shown concern for the environment and has always taken care of nature, today he adds more than 186 hectares of nature reserve.

    At the present, plans are been executed in order to certify the properties, to learn more on how to preserve the environment and to produce a 100% sustainable coffee.

    The tradition of coffee production has been in the Family since the twentieth century. Mr. Barbosa ancestors, his great-grandparent Elias Barbosa passed it on to his grandparent Claudio Barbosa de Paula and from him to his father, Jairo Barbosa de Paula and now Mr. Barbosa works with his generation, his sons Vítor Marcelo and Sergio Ricardo.

    When I say family business, I mean husband, wife, father, son, and daughter in law all working together, so the office is like a big home where everybody shares the same dream, supports each other, learn and grow together, the office is located in Carmo do Paranaíba, Estate of Minas Gerais, where the team is composed of ten people, cooperating to deliver the best coffee.

    Component 2 - EL SALVADOR - El Imposible

    Department: Ahuachapan
    Growing Altitude: 1200 - 1680 MASL
    Process: Wet Fermentation
    Varietal: Bourbon / Pacas
    Farmers: 28 Smallholder Farmers surrounding El Imposible National Park

    El Imposible coffee, named after the largest national park in El Salvador, is grown along the highlands of Ahuachapán. This coffee represents the uniqueness and special characteristics of the producers that farm this land.

    El Imposible National Park is a forest reserve that is infamous for its dangerous gorge that has claimed the lives of many farmers who used to saddle up their mules to transport coffee to the Pacific port. Inside and around El Imposible National Park, the department of Ahuachapan is full of volcanos, beautiful peaks, lakes, rivers, and is really a perfect environment for producing a diverse range agricultural products. 28 Coffee growers in this region, strive to produce high-end specialty coffee that is blended together to make El Imposible!

This year we won a Great Taste Award and are a National Finalist in the Rural Business Awards

Rinaldo's is so much more than speciality coffee and fine tea. We offer all manner equipment and training solutions. The sourcing of our materials and products is ethical and fully traceable. Our packaging is 100% plastic and foil-free. We love what we do. We're highly skilled, yet always eager to learn more from you. We have so much fun at work. How cool is that?