2017 Holiday Blend
It has become tradition for us to share our holiday spirit to the benefit of our friends at Pike Market Child Care & Preschool. Serving the community since 1982 Pike Market Child Care & Preschool extends high quality services for over 100 families annually, providing financial assistance for over 70% of enrolled families, of which half earn incomes at or below the poverty level. It’s our pleasure to offer our 25th version of Holiday Blend, donating all proceeds to childcare and early learning services that local families need to succeed.
Over the course of 2017 we set aside special lots of coffee to create this year’s blend. As a foundation we selected a beautiful Brazilian from Carmo de Minas. Our friend Sergio Dias at JC Coffee brought this neighbor’s microlot in for processing at his Cannan farm facility. This coffee stood out in blind cuppings with its thick creamy body and rich caramel and chocolate aromas. Earlier in the year we received a sample of Rwanda from Buf Café’s Remera washing station. On the table it showed a refined, sparkling acidity, laden with subtle fruit tones – a perfect compliment to our Brasil! The final piece of the puzzle came to us from an origin new to our cupping table, Myanmar. A processed natural coffee, Myanmar delivers a bright bouquet of fruit aromas with delicate notes of aromatic wood.
This year’s Holiday Blend is about celebrating excellent coffees of 2017 as we support communities on both sides of the supply chain. Our friends in Brasil, a pioneering businesswoman in war ravaged Rwanda, small farmers in Myanmar emerging from decades of isolation – it's our pleasure to present the fruits of their efforts in a blend whose proceeds will support their businesses and help to provide young people in Seattle the educational start they deserve.
Tasting notes: A big cup with initial notes of chocolate, joined by sweet spice and citrus flavors and ending with candied fruit and caramel