- January 2018
- Written by : Roasting and QC Team
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.