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As the cold air rides in on the north wind Borealis and settles in for the season, warm yourself with our new winter blend. Our inaugural Borealis blends three sizzling coffees from Africa and reminds us of butterscotch, candied ginger and plum jam.
  • SKU 300021
  • Country Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia
  • Region within Country Western Province, Rwanda; Kayanza, Burundi; Guji Zone, Ethiopia
  • Elevation 1650 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Smallholder Farms
  • Farmer / Producer Name Smallholder farmers and Kivubelt Coffee/Murundo CWS [Rwanda], Greenco/Yandaro CWS [Burundi] and Metad/Hambela CWS [Ethiopia]
  • Cultivar Bourbon and Bourbon Selections, Ethiopian heirlooms
  • Harvest Time December 2016 - August 2017
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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Borealis

Borealis is the great Northern Wind, emissary of the Arctic north, conveyor of glacial air and herald of winter. Its arrival at the Winter Solstice marks the change of the seasons and pushes us inside to seek warmth.

It is most commonly associated with Aurora Borealis, the dazzling natural display of light that marks the winter solstice in the northernmost latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

This year we sought to create a winter blend that wards off the chill of the season while delivering something as dazzling to the tongue as Aurora Borealis is to the eyes. Our search led us back to coffee’s origins: our inaugural Borealis consists of three luminous smallholder coffees from Africa.

It is built around two crystalline single-origins from Central Africa: our Imena Rwanda, an inaugural single-origin release from People’s Farm, a smallholder collective created by our partners at Kivubelt Coffee in the Western Province of Rwanda, and our Karyenda Burundi, a selection of top-tier lots from the Yandaro coffee washing station in Kayanza. We added a dash of our Tikur Anbessa Organic Ethiopia, a 2018 Good Food Awards Finalist, whose pronounced fruit acids and delicate floral notes conjure the bright colors of the Northern Lights.

Together, these three extraordinary coffees create a superlative blend that is worthy of the name Borealis and up to the task of keeping us warm until the arrival of spring.

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.