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Our Otoño blend marks the change of seasons with fresh-crop coffees from Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras that together deliver the flavors of fall: apple, brown sugar, and plum.
  • SKU Otono Blend
  • Country Guatemala, Costa Rica
  • Region within Country Dota County, Huehuetenango
  • Elevation 1370-1830 m.a.s.l.
  • Farmer / Producer Name Roberto Mata, Ecner Hidalgo
  • Cultivar caturra catuai, Red Bourbon, Caturra, Pache
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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Otoño Blend

There is just something about fall.

While every change of season carries with it the weight of anticipation, we await the arrival of fall with a special sense of excitement. The cool air braces us, shaking us out of the languid days of summer and mounting an all-out assault on the senses. Leaves flare out in a stunning visual display, turning a subtle spectrum of hazy shades of green into a dazzling kaleidoscope of colors — yellow, orange, red and purple — rendered in crisp resolution.

Every year at this time, our quality control team draws on our freshest seasonal ingredients to create a seasonal blend that achieves a similarly sharp resolution in the cup to evoke the flavors of fall.

The 2019 edition of our Otoño blend hits the mark with notes of apple, brown sugar, and plum. Its complexity of flavor reflects the diversity of its ingredients, drawn from celebrated farms in three of Central America’s most storied coffee origins: Huehuetenango, Guatemala, Tarrazú, Costa Rica, and Marcala, Honduras.

The Guatemala component that anchors the blend comes from the award-winning La Maravilla farm in Huehuetenango, where we have been working with Mauricio Rosales and his family for more than 15 years. His contribution to this year’s Otoño harnesses the flavor of Bourbon, and one of its offspring, Caturra.

Another traditional Latin American variety arrives via Costa Rica, where an old friend, Roberto Mata, started a new project two years ago. His family enterprise, M+M Pura Vida, produced one of the best lots we tasted from Costa Rica, a blend of Caturra and Catuaí varieties.

The third and final ingredient is a Borbon and Catuaí blend from the farms of Fabio Caballero, an Intelligentsia Direct Trade partner since 2003 and one of the most decorated coffee growers in all of Honduras. Don Fabio won first place at the Honduras Cup of Excellence in 2016; together with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law, the family has taken home an astounding 18 CoE awards.

We are delighted to offer this celebration of fall flavors in a package that also honors the autumn harvest. Our Otoño bag, which features rich aubergine tones, is the third limited-run blend we have released in our new seasonal packaging.

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.