Roasted coffees are blended for a variety of reasons. Complimentary coffees may be blended to present a balanced cup, dark roast coffees may be added to lighter roasts to expand the range of available flavors, blends may be tailored for particular brewing methods or blends may be created to mark a specific season or occasion. Our Amore Blend is an example of an occasion blend, in this case a blend celebrating St Valentine’s Day.
All blends begin as concepts, a prescribed series of flavors crossing the palate in a specific sequence. Once the concept is established the next step is identifying the specific coffees necessary to achieve that sequence, a process that calls on the blender’s experience and familiarity with coffees from origins as diverse as Guatemala and Myanmar. Once the blend constituents are determined small batch versions of the blend provide an opportunity to confirm the blend’s flavor profile in a variety of contexts. From there the blend is ready for production and sale.
The concept behind our Amore Blend is to capture the complexity of feeling we find entering into and sustaining romance, to express in the language of coffee the thrilling risks and soothing comforts we find in holding someone close in our heart. To that end we have sought out individual coffees that can bring to the cup both elements of sweetness and piquancy, of volatility and duration, of gentleness and strength. It is built around a framework of Estate Kenya AA, and displays in full measure the tart brightness unique to the region. Superb beans from Sul de Minas in Brasil bring a smooth creaminess. Bright, vivid Guatemala from Finca El Tambor and highland grown New Guinea add intensity and a bit of unpredictability to Amore Blend, contributing a variety of captivating qualities ranging from honeyed grapefruit flavors to notes of roasted chestnut.
Amore Blend is available only briefly so please take advantage of the opportunity to share a cup, and to consider matters of the heart.