- January 2019
- Written by : Roasting and QC Team
Our annual winter blend, Borealis, is designed to inspire the same sense of wonder as the dazzling light show for which it is named.
Every year at this time, the sun’s corona sends forth a great solar wind rushing so fast through the galaxy that it makes the nearly 100-million-mile odyssey to the Earth in less than two days. Millions of solar particles hyper-charged with energy ride the wind and gather near the northern magnetic pole, sending off technicolor cascades of light when they collide with the outer bounds of our atmosphere. The net effect is something other-worldly, and something that keeps our eyes fixed on the night skies.
Star-gazing is so central to our mission that it is embodied in our brand: the eye in the winged cup in our logo is firmly fixed on the star above, representing both our boundless aspiration and the sense of wonder we feel when we stand before the world’s most elegant coffees.
This year’s Borealis recipe consists of three coffees that inspire awe, and harnesses a double-dose of star-gazing inspiration: it is anchored by Cruz del Sur, our Peru single-origin mark named for a constellation that burns brightly in the southern sky.
This organic lot of Cruz del Sur comes from the Pintado brothers, who grow coffee in the village of Alto Ihuamaca in a remote region of the Peruvian Andes, where night falls dark and there is little to obscure the views of the Southern Cross.
While the distance between Alto Ihuamaca and the origins of the other two ingredients in Borealis is not measured in light years, it is difficult to find places on the Earth’s surface more distant.
One is our Kenya Kungu Maitu, from the Thiriku Farmers Cooperative Society in Nyeri, in the shadow of Mount Kenya. The other is Ethiopia Tikur Anbessa, which represents the work of hundreds of smallholder growers in the Guji Zone villages of Benti Nenqa and Buku and our friends at METAD, who process and export the coffee.
Whether you glimpse the Northern Lights this winter or not, the persistent sweetness and fruit flavors in Borealis will warm your body and fire your mind.