Ardi is back!
This exceptional natural processed coffee from the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia has been a favorite of ours for several years running. As in year’s past, Huckleberry is excited to offer this amazingly fruity coffee, and this year’s crop is a juicy, clean standout.
Coffee is the seed of a fruit, and most of the coffee we roast and drink is washed - that is, the fruit is removed from the seed before drying. For Ardi and other natural-process coffees, the coffee is dried with the fruit still intact, and the dried cherry is removed during milling. This process imparts a uniquely fruity, jammy quality to the coffee, though improper and uneven drying carries a distinct risk of off, funky flavors and early fading.
Our importer, Samuel Demisse of Keffa Coffee, works directly with washing stations in the town of Kilenso Mokonisa, Sidama to ensure that Ardi is picked and processed to the most exacting standards. Approximately 1500 farmers contributed to this year’s crop of Ardi, and 200 women carefully manage the coffee’s drying process, removing over- or under-ripe cherries and constantly rotating the cherries to ensure evenness.
This year's crop has all of the juicy strawberry we've come to expect from Ardi, and is one of the cleanest Ardis to date. Milk chocolate, tropical fruit, and mixed berry jam round out the cup. Juicy, fruity, and jammy, just in time for peak iced coffee season!
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 Santa Ines and a washed coffee grown from Guatemala called Atitlan El Grano.
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This is our fourth year working with the Long Miles Coffee Project in the Muramvya province of Burundi, and we couldn’t be happier to roast Colline Ninga three years running .
Burundi has produced coffee for quite some time, but the country's progression towards producing high quality specialty coffee was interrupted in the 1990s and early 2000s by political unrest and ethnic violence spilling over the border from Rwanda, during and after that country's genocide. Despite this, and the challenges of being a poor, landlocked country, farmers from Burundi are successfully improving their coffee each and every year, and specialty coffee's higher prices seem to have a major impact on quality of life in the country's coffee growing regions. Moreover, we love the flavors of a great coffee from Burundi.
Colline Ninga is grown by small farmers in Bukeye area of the Muramvya province, and produced by the Long Miles Coffee Project. Long Miles is a project founded by Ben Carlson, an American living in Burundi. Ben, upon seeing the difficulties Muramvya farmers faced, built several washing stations in the region, and has worked with area farmers to help them fetch better prices. By working with the farmers to develop stringent quality practices at the farm level, then washing and milling the coffee with meticulous care, ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible. By working with Huckleberry and other roasters in advance of the harvest, the Long Miles Coffee Project is able to pay the farmers a higher price for their coffee than they would receive otherwise
Ninga is a specific hillside community (colline is French for hill), and this coffee comes exclusively from the Long Miles farmers living on that hill. After tasting samples from different hills, and different periods of the harvest, Ninga stood out again this year, along with our other offerings from Gitwe.Colline Ninga has pear and apricot flavors, complemented with red currant and citrusy brightness. It also has a subtle cinnamon-like sweet spiciness, and we like to think of it as a slightly subtler variation of a classic Kenyan flavor profile: bright, slightly savory, and deeply sweet. It's a wonderful coffee, and we're happy to support the great work of the Long Miles Coffee project in the Bukeye area of Burundi. View full product details
Esperanza de Garzón is a limited release coffee for us, grown by Nelson Andrés at his farm Finca La Esperanza in La Trinidad de Garzón, Huila, Colombia. We source some of our favorite Colombian and Central American coffees through Caravela Coffee, a Colombia-based exporter and importer. We think they're responsible for some of the most dependable quality in the industry, and every once in a while, they offer us a single farmer coffee that stands out from his or her growers cooperative.
This year, Nelson Andrés produced one of those special coffees, and we think it's a great example of just how bright and clean Colombian coffees can be. Señor Andres grows only Caturra variety coffee - an increasing rarity in Colombia, where most farmers have planted their land with the disease-resistant Castillo variety. Castillo can taste great, too, but pure Caturra can produce an incredibly clean and sweet cup, especially at high altitudes like Finca La Esperanza's 1700 meters above sea level.
Additionally, Nelson Andres washes and dries his coffee on farm, using raised, parabolic beds to slow down the drying process, and covering his drying area to ensure that the coffee is protected from the elements. Drying is one of the most important stages in coffee production, and the care taken during this step is one of the key ingredients in Esperanza de Garzón's lovely flavors. We're currently in the planning stages of a Colombia trip with Caravela, and are looking forward to seeing Finca la Esperanza and it's parabolic drying beds firsthand.
We taste green grape, spice, and candied citrus, and have enjoyed using Esperanza de Garzón both filter-brewed and as espresso. We only have a little bit of this coffee, and it won't be around too long.View full product details
This winter our head of education, David, visited Costa Rica as a supervisor for the Roasters Guild and Barista Guild of America origin trip. He visited dozens of mills and farms, and tasted even more coffees, but El Cedral was the #1 standout coffee for him. So, we agreed to purchase some before David even got back to the USA.
El Cedral is also Huckleberry's first natural-processed single origin coffee we've roasted outside of Africa. We were waiting for a natural that met the same standards we've come to expect from Ethiopia and Burundi, and this one is a banger. We taste strawberry lemonade, pineapple and tropical fruit, and rich almond pastry (David says bearclaw, but we thought that was a bit specific for the bag, and we figure some folks might not know we meant pastry, not animal). El Cedral's got the clean fruit we've come to expect from the best African naturals, plus some of the richer backbone we love in washed Central American coffees.
This is one of two coffees we'll roast this year from CoopeDota, a cooperative of growers based in the Dota cantón of Costa Rica's Central Valley. This cooperative is a leader in Costa Rica's push for sustainable coffee, and was the first carbon neutral coffee producer on the planet. While our other CoopeDota coffee, Santa Maria, was grown on multiple smallholder farms, El Cedral is a single farm, collectively owned by all of CoopeDota, that operates as an experimental model farm to help individual farmers learn better growing and processing practices.
This natural fruitbomb is a gem, and unique for us at Huckleberry. It won't be around long, and if you've loved other naturals like Ardi, Wenago, and Gitwe Natural, we'd suggest brewing up a bit of this before it's gone.View full product details