Tasting notes: Chocolate, Fruit, Caramel
Holiday Blend 2018
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 Fonte to create an annual Holiday Blend, something special that invokes the quality of the season, and a part of that tradition is that the blend be unique each year. It has also become tradition for us to share our holiday spirit to the benefit of our friends at Pike Market Childcare & Preschool. Serving the community since 1982 Pike Market Childcare & 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. The school raises over $250,000 in support of these programs each year. It’s now our pleasure to offer our 26th version of Holiday Blend, donating all proceeds from its sale to support childcare and early learning services that local families need to succeed.
Over the course of 2018 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. On tasting it we immediately recognized why it caught his interest, standing out again and again in blind cuppings with its thick creamy body and rich caramel and chocolate aromas. Earlier in the year we sampled a Government Estate Java that displayed some of the sweet, full bodied character that historically made this origin’s name synonymous with coffee itself. We secured the few bags that were available, storing them away in a cool corner of the warehouse with the Holidays in mind. While these two coffees made an excellent and complete combination by themselves we were still on the lookout for something unusual, something special to reflect the special time of year. The final piece of the puzzle came to us from an origin relatively new to our cupping table, Myanmar. A painstakingly processed natural coffee, our Myanmar delivers a bright bouquet of fruit aromas with some delicate notes of aromatic wood ion the finish.
Taken as a whole these coffees deliver a big cup with initial notes of chocolate, quickly joined by overarching sweet spice and candied fruit and ending in a wash of and caramel and cedar tones.
This year’s Holiday Blend is all about celebrating some of the excellent coffees of 2018 as we support communities on both sides of the supply chain. Our friends in Brasil, Javanese growers intent on recreating the glory of the past, small farmers in Myanmar emerging from decades of isolation – it is our pleasure to present the fruits of their efforts to you in a blend whose proceeds will support not only their businesses but also help to provide young people in Seattle the educational start they deserve. Indulge yourself in the spirit of the Holidays and enjoy some today.