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The fruit bat is guided by a search for sweetness, guzzling the juice from any fruit it can find. Our team took the same approach to developing this year's Fruit Bat Espresso blend, which tastes like tangerine, peach and cranberry.
  • SKU 300087
  • Country Ethiopia, El Salvador, Honduras
  • Region within Country Benti Nenqa, ETHIOPIA | La Libertad, EL SALVADOR | Marcala, HONDURAS
  • Elevation 1550 - 2150 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm smallholder farms, ETHIOPIA | Finca Matalapa, EL SALVADOR | various estates, HONDURAS
  • Farmer / Producer Name various smallholders, ETHIOPIA | Vickie Dalton Díaz, EL SALVADOR | Fabio Caballero, HONDURAS
  • Cultivar Ethiopia Heirloom, Bourbon, Catuaí, Pacas
  • Harvest Time November 2017 - February 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
Direct Trade 1
Prep Time 44 sec
Prep Dose 18 g in
Prep Volume 53 g out
CitrusStone FruitBerry

Fruit Bat Seasonal Espresso

After a long absence from our menu, we are delighted to reintroduce a coffee named for a member of the animal kingdom that shares our love of sweetness: Fruit Bat Espresso is back!

Everything about the fruit bat is big, starting with its body. The largest species weighs in at nearly four pounds and has wings spanning five-and-one-half feet. The fruit bat is so big its formal name is Megabat.

Somewhere along the way, fruit bat lost its ability for echolocation — the nocturnal navigation system that allows most other bat species to find their way around in the darkness. So fruit bat relies instead on its other senses, using its big eyes and big olfactory to avoid predators and feed its big craving for fruit.

Unlike most bats, which eat insects, fruit bat is frugivorous — as its name suggests, it survives by eating fruit. More precisely, fruit bat is nectarivorous — it uses its long tongue to lick the nectar out of flowers and its big teeth to break fruit skins so it can guzzle the sugary juices inside, generally discarding the troublesome fiber. In the process, fruit bat is a big help to the ecosystems in which it roams — a big-time pollinator.

The 2018 edition of our Fruit Bat Espresso blend combines three fresh-crop coffees to produce a coffee that boasts the kinds of floral and fruit flavors we think fruit bat would love.

It is anchored by an Ethiopia heirloom variety grown by smallholder farmers in Benti Nenqa and processed by our friends from Metad in their washing station at Hambela. That aromatic Ethiopian base is complemented by two estate coffees from Central America that have been part of our single-origin lineup for more than a decade: a Los Inmortales El Salvador lot from Vickie Dalton Díaz at Finca Matalapa and a La Tortuga Honduras lot from Don Fabio Caballero.

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.