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Our annual winter blend is designed to inspire wonder: it takes its name from the dazzling Northern Lights, and its recipe is anchored by our Peru Cruz del Sur, named for the constellation in the southern sky. Cranberry | Peach | Dragon Fruit
  • SKU Borealis
  • Country Ethiopia, Kenya, Peru
  • Region within Country San Ignacio, Nyeri
  • Elevation 1500-1800 m, 1800 - 2100 m
  • Farmer / Producer Name Percy Pintado, Thiriku Farmers Cooperative Society
  • Buyer Jay Cunningham, Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar Bourbon, SL-28.SL-34, Ruiru
  • Harvest Time May-August 2018, December 2017 - January 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
Direct Trade 1
Stone FruitBerryTropical

Borealis

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.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.