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Renumata is brand new to us, and is our March Coffee of the Month
The Far East is back in Huck’s lineup, and we’re excited for our first coffee from East Timor. This tiny country, on one half of an island split with West Timor, Indonesia, has been on the coffee comeup for the past few years, focusing on fully washed coffees to set it apart from the wet-hulled offerings from Indonesia. Renumata has the rustic spice and heavy body that lovers of coffee from Java will embrace, but also the clean sweetness that we love here at Huck.
Coffees from the Pacific islands can be big, bold, and in better cases, a good kind of earthy. But the wet hulled process that’s common in the region - in which the coffee’s protective parchment layer is removed before drying - lends itself to premature fade and vegetal, funky flavors. So, we specifically seek out washed coffees from the islands, dried in their parchment to preserve the goodness and keep out the funk. That’s where Renumata and upcoming offerings from Papua New Guinea and Sulawesi come in: good earthy spice and body, but clean sweet goodness, too.
Renumata is a tiny community in East Timor’s Letefoho district, and Cafe Brisa Serena has been working with farmers since 2010. Brisa Serena is a social enterprise that works with farmers to improve growing and processing practices, obtain organic certification, and access the specialty market. This particular coffee comes from organic-certified family farms in Renumata, and is all washed on-farm, rather than at a centralized mill.
If you like your coffees robust and bold, this is the ticket. It’s not a dark roast, but we do develop this coffee just a touch further than most of our single origins to accentuate its body, its clove and cinnamon spice, and its bittersweet chocolate flavors. Beyond the big and the bold, chocolate-covered raisin and pastry sweetness round out a cup that’s nuanced, but at the same time traditional, approachable, and pleasing with (cow or alternate) dairy or on its own.
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We’re in the full swing of South American coffees here at Huckleberry, and El Horcon is bringing sweet deliciousness out of Northern Peru.
Coffee nerds frequently tout Peru as one of the next great things - a country with huge, unrealized potential. Peru has great growing conditions along the length of the Andes Mountains, and farmers in Peru have largely embraced organic growing practices. But cooperatives in the country have traditionally blended all of their coffees into massive lots that are very good, but potentially hiding excellence.
Red Fox has been working hard with growers in Peru to buck that trend and dig out the excellent coffees from the very good. In this case, Red Fox worked with the Santuario Cooperative to separate coffees from individual villages, and the coffee from the village of El Horcon was one of the best South American coffees we tasted this year.
El Horcon hits the target that we look for in Latin America: balance and sweetness that create approachability for all types of coffee drinkers, plus nuance that make the cup something special for folks who are looking for a bit of the unexpected. Here we’re excited by blackberry and granny smith apple flavors, but those fruit notes are balanced by sweet caramel, walnut, and honey. Milk? Sure. Black? Yes please, too.View full product details