this bold espresso blend makes us think of a deliciously rich caramel, dark chocolate & hazelnut tart!

about me.

bio: your bff | hype-man | ride-or-die. dependable, trustworthy & fiercely loyal. has your back, no matter what. lives for social gatherings. popular, funny & charismatic. mainly listens to pop but has been known to get down to a bit of old-school RnB.

 

as our bolder blend, we see it as the perfect all-rounder. made up of Colombian, Brazilian & Indian coffees, it’s full-bodied, with mild acidity & a balanced finish. the go-to blend for many, the crowd-pleaser. consistent, trustworthy & loyal – like any great wingman.

we carefully sourced each of the origins in our ultimate wingman blend from the following farms:

asotbilbao: colombia.

origin: planadas, tolima, colombia
processing method: washed
species: arabica
varietal: castillo, caturra, colombia
elevation: 1600-2000m above sea level

 

this coffee was sourced from family-owned farms organised around a producer-led association called asotbilbao. they have around 44 members who all live in Bilbao within the municipality of Planadas, in Tolima, Colombia. founded in 2010 by 35 technologists in agribusiness, who realised they could enhance their coffee production, and boost their income if they were to join forces. they began by collecting a monthly membership payment to create a revolving fund. members could apply for loans to buy fertilisers or other things they needed for their coffee crops and farms.

asotbilbao coordinates training workshops to help farmers improve the quality of their coffee, including technical support to guide coffee farmers on best agricultural practices for quality coffee production & help them to invest in projects focused on improving infrastructure on their farms.

the members’ farms are middle-sized, 4.5 hectares on average. sitting at 1,600+ meters above sea level, the land is ideal for coffee growing. the principal variety of the region is Caturra, as well as Castillo and Colombia in the higher zones. farmers also produce beans, corn, plantain, and fruits. asotbilbao owns a supermarket at the town where members can sell their products along with other groceries. once farmers have processed their coffee & are ready to sell, they gather it all at their facility at Bilbao. the association also helps members with the transportation of their coffee, as some members still move it by mule for a 2-3 hour ride.

this colombian adds notes of citrus & stone fruits. the vibrant acidity & cane sugar sweetness helps to balance the blend perfectly.

bobolink: brazil.

origin: mococa, são paulo, brazil
processing method: natural
species: arabica
varietal: catuai, bourbon, mundo nuovo
elevation: 1000-1400m above sea level

 

fazenda ambiental fortaleza (meaning environmental fortress farm) has been owned by the Barretto family since 1850. Silvia inherited the farm in 2001 & together with her husband, Marcos, began to focus on becoming a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable business. they’ve also been past recipients of sustainability awards from the SCA.

the bobolink coffees are sourced from a network of family-run farms. the farmers all share a collective vision to produce the best coffees possible, using sustainable agricultural methods. faf offer their workers a 50% share of the coffees they plant to give each member a real sense of ownership. the coffee is selectively handpicked at its ripest to ensure flavour, sweetness & a clean cup. it’s then dried naturally, either in raised beds or on cement patios.

fun fact: the bobolink project was named after the birds who migrate to the area every autumn.

this coffee is clean, complex & adds typical Brazilian profiles to the blend: creamy cocoa, big body, mild acidity & buttery caramel.

chikmagalur aa: india.

origin: chikmagalur, karnataka, india
processing method: washed
species: robusta
varietal: canephora
elevation: 1100-1400m above sea level

 

the growing region of Chikmagalur, in the state of Karnataka in southern India, is an amazingly diverse region. it forms part of the western ghats, one of the few vitally important, global eco-hotspots. the farmers in this region take particular care to grow shade grown, environmentally responsible coffee with the knowledge that their farming practices & methods can have global ramifications.

robusta coffee sometimes gets a bad wrap. this is probably due to lower quality robusta being used as a filler over the years to bulk out large-scale, commercial blends with cheaper, ‘commodity coffee’. that’s certainly not the case here! just like arabica, all coffees were not created equally & can range wildly in quality…you can absolutely source high quality robusta coffees (like this one). in fact, it’s the addition of the robusta that gives this blend it’s big body & rich flavour, characteristics that have made it a cult favourite among many of our cafe partners all over the country.

we’re officially debunking the ‘all robusta is bad’ myth, we think it just needs to be added with intention & purpose to bring out the desired traits you want from a blend. that’s what we’ve done here & we think you’ll be able to taste the love in it!

we discussed the big body above, this full-bodied & clean robusta also adds the well-rounded caramel & dark chocolate flavours to the blend.

i’m sold…take me to the store asap!

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