Fruit Bat Seasonal Espresso
- June 2018
- Written by : The Black Cat Team
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.