Kenya, Colombia, El Salvador
Washed, Bio-Innovation, Natural
Belsnickel Holiday Blends: Admirable & Impish
Our green buyer and coffee roaster can often be found squabbling over the nature of the ideal cup of coffee. So to preserve good holiday cheer, we let them each design their own blends. Funny enough, they each prefer the other’s blend over their own.
Admirable was designed by Nick, our green coffee buyer, to bring out the subtleties of each blend component. The coffees are roasted separately to different roast degrees, highlighting the sparkling fruitiness of La Palma y El Tucan: Marco Garcia Bio-innovation Castillo from Colombia; the green apple and syrupy mouthfeel of Nyeri Tekangu Karogoto AB from Kenya; and balanced by the brown sugar notes of the Valiente: Mountain Brew from El Salvador. This is our preferred way to blend. The results are a stunningly layered cup of coffee that sparkles on the palate. This is the blend that will dazzle the craft coffee industry and capture the heart of all coffee lovers.
Impish, designed by Jeremy, our head coffee roaster, breaks a few “rules”. First the green coffees are pre-blended and roasted together. This allows for each of the coffees to receive the same exact treatment which muddies the flavors together. The coffees are: the jammy DelAgua: Jesus Nuñoz Natural Castillo from Colombia; the syrupy Nyeri Tekangu Karogoto AB from Kenya; the sweet Valiente: Mountain Brew from El Salvador; and a dash of Monteblanco: Anise Infused Purple Caturra for a little extra holiday spice. Second we roast the coffee slower which helps increase mouthfeel and lower acidity–not something typically done with an amalgamation of such complex, high scoring coffee. Third we increase caramelization to bring out the nuttier and spicier side of these coffees. By breaking our own rules, we’ve developed a deep, rich, nostalgic blend, and the most sessionable coffee of all time.