New coffees have arrived just in time for these crisp November mornings here in the canyon. We have added selections from Colombia and Sumatra, yet another natural processed Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and a very special Kenya AA! We recently spent a morning cupping these coffees, and each was equally impressive in their own distinct way.
Colombia Timana Colinas Altas – We specially selected this Colombian coffee to bring balance to our espresso blend that was dominated by the two Yirgacheffes that we brought in earlier this year. Its sparkling lemon-like acidity, light nutty characteristics and crisp aftertaste have made it an ideal blending component. While we are using it almost exclusively for our espresso, 12 oz single-origin bags are available for retail in the market.
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha – We waited all year for dry-processed Ethiopian coffees to come to market and now we just cannot get enough! This fall we brought in Sulula and Konga and they were everything we wanted and thought they would be. In our never ending quest for the perfect natural processed coffee we landed on a special coffee from the Aricha processing station outside of the town of Yirga Cheffe. As the first pick of all beans from this station it has received extra care in preparation to exclude under ripe cherries and ensure exceptional quality. This is a very fragrant coffee bursting with berry flavor and floral notes. It can be found in our espresso blend as well as our drip coffees. Aricha makes an excellent pour-over option and is located next to the Chemex and Hario V60 in our market for retail.
Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry – Our intrigue with this coffee was primarily based upon it being a premium wet-hulled peaberry from the Lintong region, something none of us had ever come across. Like the Colombian, we anticipated it being an excellent blending component for our espresso and we were not disappointed. It has brought more depth and body to our shots with the common earthiness that accompanies most Sumatras, while at the same time dazzling uniqueness with spice, capsicum and hints of dried cacao. It is not currently out for retail, but is available upon request.
Kenya Nyeri Karogoto AA – This truly is the gem of our new coffees for the winter season. Complex aromas of stone fruit and brown sugar evolve into savory spices and floral notes on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel. We have put this coffee through every brew method we can find and it continues to shine. Aeropress narrowly edges out pour-over as a staff favorite, but you might be lucky enough to happen upon it as a single origin espresso if you put on your jacket and scarf and head up the canyon early enough on these cold winter mornings. We have a very limited supply and it is being dedicated to highlighting our espresso and alt brewing. However, there are some retail bags available for a lucky few!
These new coffees, and the continued improvement of our staff and its dedication to providing an amazing café experience, as well as experimenting with new blends and pushing the boundaries of our knowledge, have combined to create the perfect environment for you to come and enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee in the canyon. So bundle up and warm your hands on a hot cup this winter at Indian Gardens.