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The fruit bat follows its keen sense of smell on its endless search for fruit juice and flower nectar. Our team takes the same approach to developing our Fruit Bat Espresso blend, which tastes like honey, lime, and pineapple.
  • SKU Fruit Bat Espresso
  • Country Ethiopia, Kenya
  • Region within Country Hambela, Guji Zone, Ethiopia | Nyeri, Kenya
  • Farm METAD, Thiriku Farmer Cooperative Society
  • Buyer Geoff Watts, Bill Nigut
  • Cultivar Ethiopian Heirlooms, SL-28, SL-34, Riuru 11
  • Harvest Time November 2018 - February 2019
  • 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
CitrusTropicalHoney

Fruit Bat Seasonal Espresso

What is a Fruit Bat?

There are more than 150 different species of fruit bats. Like most bats, they are nocturnal, they can fly. Where they differ from other bats is how they find their food. These bats, which can reach a wingspan of up to six feet, do not use echolocation for navigation. Instead, they rely on their sense of smell to sniff out their food. Their primary diet is comprised of fruit juice and flower nectar, which is exactly what we have tried to make the blend taste like!

Why Fruit Bat Espresso?

We have our tried-and-true Black Cat Classic (BCC) for those who want a classic shot of espresso or something that is perfect with milk, but for the adventurous, we present our seasonal Fruit Bat Espresso Blend.

As always, we want to highlight fresh seasonal ingredients in our blends, and for Fruit Bat we waited patiently for Ethiopian and Kenyan coffees to arrive before getting to work. Our goal with this coffee is to present something fruit-forward, and we think what we are releasing is maxed-out on that count. This blend is brighter and “fruitier” than BCC, and is designed for those who want to experience something lush, fruity, and sweet.

How did we formulate the blend?

Intelligentsia Educators in Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles were sent a list of sensory targets and an ingredient kit to formulate Fruit Bat recipes. The only restriction was a cap on our Kenyan component to keep the acidity in line. This collaboration between our most seasoned baristas, spanning five cities, allowed the blend to go through critical evaluation in terms of both extraction level and flavor in the cup.

We evaluated over one dozen different blends through multiple rounds of tasting to confirm we had what we wanted. In the end, we ended up with an all-African blend, featuring single-origin lots from Ethiopia and Kenya.

Tasting notes

When tasting this coffee, think like a Fruit Bat: use your nose to pinpoint the luscious jammy notes. We had an abundance of flavor descriptors, of which the most abundant were honey, lime, and pineapple.

18 grams in / 35 seconds / 44 grams out

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.