Kanzu is back in the Huck brewing lineup for the fourth year in a row, and we're as excited as ever to roast and brew this gem from Rwanda.
As little as 5-10 years ago, quite a few coffee folks looked down on Southern Hemisphere African coffees in comparison to early summer arrivals from Ethiopia and Kenya. Luckily for us, Rwanda and Burundi are producing some of the world's best, most interesting, and seemingly always-improving coffees, and sending a strong message to check those old preconceptions at the door. At Huckleberry, we look forward to fresh Rwandas and Burundis just as much as new Ethiopians, and Rwanda Kanzu is a coffee we’ve grown to love year after year.
Kanzu comes to us from the Nyamesheke district on the southern shore of Rwanda's Lake Kivu. One of the reasons we love Rwandan coffee is that the Lake Kivu area is planted almost entirely in Bourbon, a coffee variety that lends great Rwandan coffees like Kanzu a deep, sugary, syrupy sweetness. Beyond variety though, Kanzu is blessed by great growing conditions and great work. The Kanzu washing station sits at 1900 meters above sea level, with many of its farmers bringing their coffee cherry down from even higher in the Nyamesheke hills. These incredibly high altitudes, combined with excellent harvesting and farming practices, and world-class processing at the washing station, contribute to Kanzu's sparkling brightness and sweet, clean flavors.
Our partners at Red Fox Coffee Merchants works with the Kanzu washing station to separate out lots from specific periods of Rwanda's harvest, each with subtle differences. This year we chose the washing station's 15th outturn (that is, essentially the 15th time the workers empty full drying beds), and we couldn't be more excited to roast and brew it for you. Deep maple syrup sweetness, tangerine brightness, and juicy plum.
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Blue Orchid is Huckleberry’s house espresso blend. We serve this coffee every day in our cafes, and it is designed to be approachable, both as espresso and as a brewed coffee, with and without milk. If you’ve ever had a great latte experience at one of Huckleberry’s cafes, Blue Orchid was the base.
While the Blue Orchid blend does change frequently, we try to maintain a sweet, full-bodied, chocolate and caramel flavor profile by using Central and South American coffees specifically chosen for those qualities. This is great tasting comfort coffee, and is a well-rounded crowd pleaser, especially if some of that crowd likes cream in their cup, or is still making the transition from darker roast profiles into specialty coffee. We love intense floral aromatics, but some mornings we just want the chocolate, toffee, and a bit of milk in our mug, and for those days, Blue Orchid is our go-to.
The current version of Blue Orchid is a blend of Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira de Grama and a washed Peruvian coffee grown by farmers in Laurel village.
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The landscape of Huila, Colombia is dominated by one giant mountain. Legend has it that long ago, a giant named Matambo lay to rest in Huila, forming the massive mountain that dominates the region's landscape. The nearby town is now known as Gigante, and the coffee from this area - that we’re calling Matambo - has been a giant part of our coffee lineup for the past 3 years.
The best Colombias - and particularly the best Huilas, like Matambo - pull off a balance between approachability and exciting flavors that few other origins can match. This latest crop is a perfect example of that balance, popping with green grape and plum fruitiness, but rounding out the pop with dark honey and buttery pie crust sweetness.
Matambo comes from the 82 farmer Asociación de Cafeteros el Desarollo, and association based in the town of Gigante. We had the pleasure of visiting these growers in August of 2017 with Caravela, one of our favorite sourcing partners who we work with throughout Latin America. Read more about that visit here to see why we're stoked not only for this crop of Matambo, but also the long game with these growers and Caravela in Colombia.
We think Matambo has something for everyone. Plenty of traditional coffee flavors and sweetness for those who prefer a more approachable or milk-friendly mug, but also packing juicy, fruity flavors and high-end brightness to please folks who prefer more adventurous coffees. Year 3 of the giant from Gigante, and we’re looking forward to brewing it for the next few months!
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