Limited Release – SL-28 Natural from Nicaragua

I’m pleased to announce a limited release of a very unique coffee.

From Finca Un Regalo, in Nicaragua, Luis Alberto Balladarez is pushing coffee experimentation further every year.

He took the risk of planting SL-28 at his farm, and now that it has come to the age at which it can be harvested, he’s chosen to process it naturally.

SL-28 in generally unique to Kenya. Scott Labs,  hired by the Kenyan government in the 1930s to survey and catalog types of coffee which were best suited to commercial development there. Scott Labs collected data, assigned varieties specific numbers, and reported back that two strains, now called SL-28 and SL-34, were best bets.

SL-34 is often used for lower altitudes, but SL-28 is reserved for the high grounds. Un Regalo is over a mile above sea level, in the Mozone region.

I’ve never had a natural process SL-28. Everything out of Kenya is washed. The three words Natural, SL-28, Nicaragua, just haven’t made an appearance on the coffee scene. Truly unique. – Graham.

New El Salvador – Apple Butter

Excitement here. Cupping a final roast profile on a new coffee, and this one is special.

It’s from El Salvador, but… it’s a Natural Process, so more interest is present than the origin alone would suggest.

Developed as part of the HiU Coffee Program this coffee comes from the farm (Finca) La Concordia.

It a Bourbon, and it’s a Natural Process, so the complexity is understandable. Here’s what we’re getting:

Starting: Floral aromas, with savoury notes of nutmeg over honey

First Sip: Sweet Red Apple, Hickory, smooth mouth feel

The Finish: Clean citrus, with hints of cranberry and and spiced cherry

As it cools: The sweetness develops, predominantly as honey, but with a broad spectrum of fruit tones

As this is a very limited release we’re packaging in 12 oz bags. This is roasted today, and will be available into the weekend.

Best value coffee maker

America’s Test Kitchen suggests the Bonavita BV1800TH may be the best buy for an auto-drip maker.

We agree. Their review is a little scant on details, but hits the key points. It’s a shame they don’t test the Behmor Brazen, but it’s not as mainstream as the makers they’re advising for / against.

We sell the Bonavita unit. No it won’t fit in a stocking.

Gift Cards

Hot off the presses. Gift Cards. Any denomination. These are like monopoly money for coffee nerds.

New Espresso

A new espresso – Golden Arrow. After some careful experiments we have a blend we’re very proud of, and we’ve named it Golden Arrow.

This is a seriously smooth and sweet espresso, with a central note of apricots. Because of the central note, it holds well with milk too, and Misto Rubatos are stellar.

We’ll have this on the grinder for some time to come (we’re into successive roasts) and beyond enjoying a cup it’s available by the bag.