Kevin Betts

Colombia Manantiales del Frontino Geisha by Steve Willingham

We just received a new batch of coffee from Novel Coffee Roasters. The Colombia Manantiales del Frontino Geisha is a particularly exciting coffee. You guys may remember the Geisha (or Gesha) varietal from a special we did earlier this year. These coffees are really special, and I'm particularly excited to have one from Novel, one of our favorite roasters. Here's what Kevin Betts has to say about it:

Photo courtesy of Novel Coffee

Photo courtesy of Novel Coffee

Manantiales del Frontino boasts 170 hectares of dense, native forests and mountain streams that provide rich nutrients to its soil and thriving coffee trees. Farm owner Andres Felipe Londoño grows his Gesha variety coffee on only 10% of his farm, intentionally chosen for its nearby pine trees that provide shade and temperature control. Also cultivated here is a strong conviction for ripe cherry selection and perfect processing, all which contribute to the amazing clarity and incredible sweetness in the cup. Champagne-like acidity dances on the tongue and flavors of elderflower and mango are vivid and unforgettable. These attributes led this coffee to score higher on our cupping table than any other coffee we've carried this year!

 

This coffee will only be available temporarily. We'll have a few 6oz canisters for $25 and we'll feature it on the Chemex bar this weekend, but we have a very limited quantity. Don't wait until next week to get this coffee!

New Kenya from farmer Symon Mariku by Steve Willingham

Today we have a new coffee from Novel Coffee Roasters out of Dallas. Kevin Betts wants to tell you a bit about it.

Symon Mariku (photo courtesy of Novel Coffee)

Symon Mariku (photo courtesy of Novel Coffee)

In June of this year, I had the privilege of visiting Njuwato Estate in Kirinyaga while on a sourcing trip in Africa. Njuwato is owned by Symon Mariku, a retired civil servant and agronomist. It was at his 12 acre estate that I saw the most intentional and sophisticated approach to cultivating and processing coffee that I'd seen on my entire trip. From crafting organic fertilizer from composted cherries and tree clippings to planting trees in basins to trap rainwater, everything was done with meticulous attention to detail. I left Njuwato with the quiet hope that we'd found a flavor goldmine. Soon after I returned to the U.S., we were able to blind cup Symon's coffee against our production Kenyas and a number of other Kenyan farms I visited. Let me tell you, I was right: goldmine. This is an extremely vibrant and dynamic cup, full of tart cranberry and juicy currant. 

Symon's annual production is extremely small, and we bought as much of his SL-28 AB lot that we could get our hands on. To celebrate this rare find, we're releasing his coffee in special limited edition packaging with hand drawn illustration from our own Ben Lytle and a postcard with extended bio on Symon.

Don't miss out.
-Kevin

You can come grab a bag or a cup of it right away. Just ask for Symon Mariku's coffee.