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Our Otoño blend marks the change of seasons with fresh-crop coffees from Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya that together deliver the flavors of fall: honeycrisp apple, ginger and toffee.
  • SKU Otono Blend
  • Country Guatemala, Mexico, Kenya
  • Region within Country La Maravilla, Guatemala | community lot, Mexico | Manyeki Estate, Kenya
  • Elevation 1400 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farmer / Producer Name Mauricio Rosales, Guatemala | Café San José Zaragoza, Mexico | Mary Manyeki, Kenya
  • Cultivar Caturra, Bourbon, Mundo Novo, Typica, SL-28, SL-34
  • Harvest Time December 2017 - April 2018
  • 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 sets about the task of creating a seasonal blend that creates that kind of sharp resolution in the cup and evokes the flavors of fall.

The 2018 edition of our Otoño blend hits the mark with notes of honeycrisp apple, ginger and toffee. Its complexity of flavor reflects the diversity of its ingredients, drawn from three different origins and more than a half-dozen varieties: it is comprised of three of our fresh-crop single-origin offerings: Itzamná Guatemala, La Perla de Oaxaca Organic Mexico and Kungu Maitu Kenya.

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 Otoño this year harnesses the flavor of Bourbon and its offspring, Caturra.

More traditional Latin American varieties arrive via Mexico, where smallholder farmers from the Café San José Zaragoza cooperative in Santa Cruz Itundujia in Oaxaca have delivered a mix of Bourbon, Mundo Novo and Typica. Café San José Zaragoza is part of the CEPCO cooperative federation with which we started working 16 years ago.

The third and final component of the blend comes from Mary Manyeki in Kenya, one of the most exciting new Intelligentsia Direct Trade partners. The SL-28 and SL-34 varieties that anchor her farm break ranks with the blend’s Latin American ingredients, delivering the bright acidity, persistent sweetness and elegant structure that help to bring the flavors of this fall classic into focus.

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.