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We designed this year's Persephone Blend to melt away winter's frost by showcasing the warmth of our favorite single origin coffees of the season. Aromas of honeysuckle lead to peach, tart passion fruit, and a clean, juicy finish.
  • SKU 300020
  • Country Brazil, Burundi, Ethiopia
  • Region within Country Carmo de Minas (Brazil), Kayanza (Burundi), Gedeo and Guji (Ethiopia)
  • Elevation 1100 - 2150 m.a.s.l
  • Farm / Producer Name Fazenda Sertão (Brazil), KPC Yandaro washing station (Burundi), METAD Gedeb and Hambela washing stations (Ethiopia)
  • Farmer / Producer Name Nazareth Dias Pereira (Brazil), various smallholders (Burundi and Ethiopia)
  • Cultivar Yellow Bourbon (Brazil), Bourbon, Jackson, Mibirizi (Burundi), mixed indigenous varieties (Ethiopia)
  • Harvest Time December 2015 - April 2016
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Persephone Blend

If there were a Greek goddess of seasonality, it would be Persephone.

In 2001, the Iturralde family made the decision to start a coffee farm, partially in response to the dismal reputation of Bolivian coffee. They were determined to produce world class coffee and in turn show other Bolivian producers that a focus on quality was a path to a sustainable livelihood. Dozens of coffee experts visited the future site of the farm and told the Iturralde family that coffee could not survive at such a high altitudes. Fortunately, the Iturraldes chose to ignore the experts.

The virgin daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, Persephone was abducted by Hades and taken to the underworld, where she became his concubine. Above in the world of the living, Demeter raged in her mourning, bringing death upon the natural world. Mother and daughter were reunited through the intervention of Zeus, but the reunion was temporary. Hades agreed to release Persephone from bondage for only six months a year. Her annual migration to the upper world marks the arrival of Spring and the return of life to the natural world. Her return to the world of the dead after the harvest six months later completes the cycle of life and death and marks the seasons of our agricultural calendar. Our seasonal blend bearing Persephone’s name is a tribute to her annual ascent, the advent of Spring and the start of a new cycle of life.

This year’s Persephone blend features two of our favorite seasonal coffees from the Southern Hemisphere -- our Karyenda Burundi and Agua Preta Brazil. And it pairs them with two luminous coffees from the Northern Hemisphere whose other-worldly longevity challenge our concept of seasonality -- our Kurimi Organic and Tikur Anbessa single-origin offerings from Ethiopia.

Persephone’s honeysuckle aromatics evoke the first blossom of spring flowers, and its peach nectar and passion fruit flavors foretell a bountiful and luscious harvest.

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.