Holiday Blend 2021
Creamy chocolate, spicy clove and nutmeg, citrus and tart berry, milk chocolate
FIRST ROAST Monday - November 8, 2021
Tasting Notes: Creamy chocolate blossoms at first sip leading into spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. Savoring the coffee reveals delicate flavors of citrus and tart berry. The cup then comes full circle, finishing with a lingering reprise of milk chocolate.
Origins: Estate Brasil, Ethiopia Buno Dambi, Kenya AA Kirinyaga
Each year the winter holiday season presents us with a combination of the new and the familiar, a blend of reflecting on the events of the past year while we embrace the traditions we’ve known for many years. In recognition of this it’s been our practice at Fonté to create an annual Holiday Blend, something special that evokes the quality of the season, and a part of that tradition is that the blend be unique each year. It’s now our pleasure to offer our 29th version of Fonté Holiday Blend.
Change is the only constant, as they say, but the pace and nature of change these past few seasons can be draining. We’ve found that recovering our energies in the face of challenging times often begins in smaller moments of reassurance and comfort. This year’s Holiday Blend has been designed to help foster such moments, and to provide a very traditional holiday flavor profile to warm us in both individual moments of reflection and communal moments of celebration. We’ve taken creamy sweet Brasils from Carmo de Minas and paired them with spicy, natural process Ethiopia Buno Dambi to create a sweet, low acid foundation. To this we add top notes of layered citrus flavors from our standout Kenya Kirinyaga beans. The resulting cup is complex but straightforward, featuring a smooth chocolate taste that blossoms at first sip, leading into spicy notes of clove and nutmeg. Savoring the coffee reveals delicate flavors of citrus and tart berry. The cup then comes full circle, finishing with a lingering reprise of milk chocolate.
We hope this year’s Holiday Blend helps to provide an opportunity to recuperate a bit, and to celebrate cherished connections with friends and family. The coming year will offer new challenges and innovations, and we’ll deal with them, but for now a bit of a smile over a steaming mug is in order.
Happy holidays from all of us at Fonté!