Y'all, our friends at Swift Cup should be royalty at this point! We're back with another new instant, this time from Costa Rica, so you can continue getting out there this fall – hiking, biking, camping, or simply wandering through the streets of your city enjoying some brisk morning air!
Swift Cup Coffee are masters in making a great brew mighty quick, which is something we can get behind. They’ve delivered yet another tasty batch of instant coffee for our customers on the go, whether that be into the office or onto a plane. Good coffee is no longer relegated to the coffee shop or your home set-up – cheers to that!
Coming from Costa Rica, Santa Maria is balanced and delish, with notes of milk-friendly hazelnut and pie crust, as well as green apple, citrus brightness, and a dash of stone fruit!
You can mix this packet/sachet with 10-12oz HOT/COLD water, HOT/COLD milk, hot cocoa or anything else you like!
The packaging is fully compostable, but please, be responsible and pack it in, pack it out, wherever you may be heading!
India’s been producing coffee longer than any country besides Ethiopia and Yemen, but this is HUCK’s first go at roasting coffee from the world’s most populous country!
Hulikere is one of three Indian coffees we’re roasting this year, and while we’re saving the other two more-exotic offerings for special release, this honey-processed coffee is sweet, balanced, and approachable.
The Indian coffee industry is largely based around the Robusta coffee species, and is perhaps best-known for the Monsoon Malabar process. While we’re not completely close-minded about Robusta, it’s a different species than Arabica, and we haven’t found one that tastes good enough for us to roast, at least so far. And Monsoon Malabar is a process of intentionally aging coffee in a humid environment. It’s an acquired taste, to put it politely, and it’s a taste we’re not planning on acquiring.
That being said, there are plenty of producers producing - and pushing - specialty Arabica coffee in India, including Shreedev Hulikere, his family farm Hulikere Estate, and their environmentally-focused producer group, KaadKaapi. KaadKaapi is a group that uses specialty coffee production as both an income source and land use to protect animal habitats and migration corridors that might otherwise be jeopardized by development or clear-cut agriculture. Hulikere and the other farms in KaadKaapi sacrifice productivity for extremely dense shade cover, an occasional elephant-trampled coffee shrub or two, and it’s not uncommon to see tigers or their prey amongst the coffee trees.
While most of the credit undoubtedly goes to Hulikere and the growers in India themselves, kudos to David Stallings and the team at Osito Coffee, too. Without David’s interest in seeking out Indian coffee, getting to know the producers over the years, and importing their first Indian coffees to the US this year, we definitely would not have tasted these coffees and been able to roast them here at Huck.
As far as Hulikere goes, sweetness, approachability, and low acidity are the name of the game in this honey-processed coffee. We definitely skew towards some fruitiness and brightness in even our more approachable offerings, so if you’re looking for something a bit different than typical Huck, this will be our least fruity and least acidic coffee this year. We’ll roast up some brightness and berries in other Indias, but we’re tasting just a hint of raisin in Hulikere, with cocoa powder, almond, and honey graham front and center.
*** for roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. ***
Photos of Shreedev Hulikere and Hulikere Estate courtesy David Stallings, Osito Coffee.View full product details
Gettin' wild, but without gettin' too funky. We're kicking off 2023 Ethiopias at Huck with something a bit different from our friends at Snap!
Ethiopia's the birthplace of coffee, with unparalleled genetic diversity, plus unique terroir and processing that can produce super floral, citric washed coffees and the cleanest, juiciest, most berry- and tropical-forward naturals. We look forward to these coffees every year, and we're still looking forward to adding those to the roast lineup!
And Snap Coffees, a quality-focused exporter and washing station operator, has been a longtime partner for us at Huck. We've featured coffees from Snap's two washing stations in the kebele of Worka Chelbesa - the eponymous Worka Chelbesa station, plus the newer Danche station - for most of the last 5+ years, and coffees from within the Snap network often make up at least some, and sometimes all, of our flagship Phantom Limb Blend.
Over the past couple years, Snap has given its washing station managers the opportunity to experiment a bit with processing, and deviate a bit from the traditional washed and natural profiles. In this case Marcelo, one of the employees at Danche, pioneered a weird take on the washed process, keeping the coffee in-cherry, but in a sealed, cool environment, for 5 full days before undergoing a more typical washed process. Risky, but it works.
Earlier this year, we spent some time with Snap in Addis Adaba, tasting dozens of coffees from throughout their network. When we came across this one, it was "wow, wtf is this Amanuel?, we gotta have it" at first sip. And we were tasting samples blind, so even better that it came from a station we've bought from for years.
This one's combines what we love in both the best washed and natural Ethiopias - citrus and florality, plus bigger fruit and body - without some some of the funky wine, pushing vinegar, that we sometimes taste in super-long fermentations. We're tasting bright and juicy berry lemonade, honey, watermelon, and lavender florals in this banger - not our typical start to Ethiopia season, but we're very much into it!
*** For roasting schedule, shipping, receiving & additional information, please visit out Frequently Asked Questions . And, for a primer on coffee processing, check out our Processing Basics Guide. ***
*washing station photos courtesy Snap Coffees.View full product details