Holiday Blend 2022

creamy body, chocolate, spice, citrus and sweet berry

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FIRST ROAST Monday - November 7, 2022

Tasting Notes: creamy body, chocolate, spice, citrus and sweet berry

Each year the winter holiday season presents us with a combination of the new and the familiar, a blend of reflecting on events of the past year while embracing traditions we’ve known for many. In recognition of this, it’s our tradition at Fonte to create an annual Holiday Blend—something special that evokes the quality of the season but in a new and unique form every year. It is now our pleasure to offer our 30th version of Fonte Holiday Blend. 

Over the course of 2022 we have set aside some special lots of coffee to create this year’s Holiday Blend. As a foundation we selected a beautiful Brazilian from Carmo de Minas. Processed by our friend Sergio Dias at JC Coffee, this lot comes to us from his neighbor’s Condado Estate. On tasting it, we recognized immediately why this coffee caught Sergio’s interest, standing out again and again in blind cuppings with its thick creamy body and rich caramel and chocolate aromas.

A bit earlier in the year we received a sample of El Borbollón from the Alvaraz family in western El Salvador. This stellar central is 100% Red Bourbón and brings crisp notes of lime and lemon zest to the blend. Its refined, sparkling acidity, laden with subtle fruit tones, is a perfect complement to our Brazil Condado! 

We wanted to round off Holiday Blend 2022 with some of the fruit flavors that bring the Holidays to mind and dedicated our cupping table to late arrival Ethiopias for the task. Of the many tasty lots we evaluated, one unusual natural process Yirgacheffe had all the sweet berry notes we were searching for.  This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around a cooperative located in the village of Banko Gotiti in the southern district of Gedeb, Ethiopia. We’re so impressed with their work that we look forward to doing more with them in 2023 - stay tuned.

The final piece of the puzzle was actually the earliest coffee we secured. Costa Rica San Rafael Carlos Fernandez Anaerobic is a coffee we have featured in the past. Notable for its atypical processing, it delivers an intense note of cinnamon spice, unique in our experience, that provides the subtle crowning touch to the cup. Taken as a whole these coffees deliver a big cup with initial notes of chocolate, quickly joined by overarching sweet spice and citrus flavors and finishing in a wash of sweet berry and caramel.

This year’s Holiday Blend is all about celebrating some of the excellent coffees of 2022 and the people who work so hard to share them with us.  Our friends in Brasil, a pioneering cooperative in Ethiopia, and family farms in Central America have all contributed to a great year in coffee, and it is our pleasure to present the fruits of their efforts to you in our unique Holiday Blend. We hope you enjoy this year’s Holiday Blend not only in special gatherings of friends and family, but also for that well deserved self-indulgence, and we wish you all the best this Holiday Season.

Happy holidays from all of us at Fonté!

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