Country: Nicaragua, Zambia, Sumatra
Process: Washed and Natural
Presenting the fifteenth edition of our seasonally evolving espresso blend, Eye of
the Tiger. For those unfamiliar with the Eye of the Tiger concept, we do not
attempt to maintain a fixed flavor profile for this blend; as we do with our year-
round espresso blends. Instead we work with in-season coffees to develop a
blend that shows off the flavors of the component coffees.
This time we took a substantial departure from the blend components used in
the last version. Despite this significant change, we happily ended up with similar
flavor characteristics – a ripe raspberry note was persevered, dark chocolate
rounded to milk chocolate and hibiscus morphed into jasmine. The foundation
coffee in the blend is one we featured last year as a single-origin espresso, Nicaragua Tierra Madre. This coffee was grown in the hills above Jinotega, where
the 500-members cooperative Aldea Global is located. To add balance and
complexity we included a fully washed, softly spicy, Sumatra smallholder coffee
known as Holong Batak and, from the little known origin Zambia, a tartly sweet
coffee from the large estates Kateshi and Isanya.
Together these coffees produce an espresso that tastes great straight or with
milk. Enjoy this espresso while supplies last. We will roast this version of Eye of
the Tiger only as long as the blend components last.