Each change of season gives us an opportunity to create a new blend to reflect the shifts in weather, colour and mood in our natural surroundings. For this year’s Summer Blend, we’ve combined two unique coffees from different African regions resulting in a bright, fruity blend with a sweet chocolate finish.
The first component, Mzuri PB from Tanzania, makes up 60% of the blend. ‘Mzuri’ is African Swahili in origin and translates to ‘beautiful one’ and like all peaberry lots, this coffee was hand sorted which has led to a high cup quality and uniform bean size. Mzuri PB is very much the backbone of Summer, providing a vibrant, round acidity with a syrupy body and smooth chocolate finish.
The second component is a favourite of ours, Arsosala from Ethiopia, which makes up the remaining 40% of the blend. Arsosala washing station was founded in 2015 and serves smallholder producers in the Urga region of Guji. While Typica and Bourbon are two varieties better-known in Central and South America, the same terms are used colloquially in Ethiopia to describe certain disease-resistant cultivars like the ones that comprise this lot. However, these varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world. Arsosala brings to the blend its floral complexity, sweetness and bright summer fruit qualities.
The resulting flavour profile of this blend is a bright amalgamation of summer fruits and sweet, rich chocolate, providing the perfect festive balance for both milk and black espresso throughout our warmest season. We have given it tasting notes of passionfruit, strawberry and dark chocolate and are looking forward to drinking it all summer long in our venues.
We’ll be serving it in the cafes and roasting for online orders from this week until the end of the season. If you’d like to try one of the first cups of Summer, check it out here.