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The Sapsucker is a migratory bird with a sweet tooth. It is programmed to seek sweetness in sugary tree sap and fresh fruit. This blend of Ethiopian, Kenyan and Guatemalan coffees would be a natural mark for the Sapsucker: it is bursting with flavors of blood orange, Concord grape and vanilla.
  • SKU 300091
  • Country Ethiopia, Kenya, Guatemala
  • Region within Country East Africa and Central America
  • Elevation 1500 - 2150 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Smallholder farms (Ethiopia and Kenya) and La Maravilla (Guatemala)
  • Farmer / Producer Name Smallholders (Ethiopia and Kenya) and Mauricio Rosales (Guatemala)
  • Buyer Geoff Watts and Sam Sabori
  • Cultivar Heirloom varities (Ethiopia), SL-28, SL-34, Riuru 11 (Kenya), Traditional American varieties (Guatemala)
  • Harvest Time October 2016 - April 2017
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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Sapsucker Seasonal Espresso

The Sapsucker is a migratory bird with a sweet tooth.

Whether in its permanent habitats in the Western United States, its summer hideaways across Canada and the Northern United States, or its winter nests in Mexico and Central America, Sapsuckers are programmed to seek sugar. In their single-minded pursuit of sweetness, they drill tap holes in trees whose sap is especially high in sugar content and frequent orchards where they can slurp up the sweet nectar of fresh fruit. It is hard to imagine more fitting spirit animals for members of our cupping team: like the Sapsucker, we chase sweetness and cherish fruit acids in our coffees. Which is what makes assembling our Sapsucker seasonal espresso blend such a labor of love.

The 2017 edition of our Sapsucker blend is made with three of our favorites from the Northern Hemisphere. Since our QC, Roasting and Retail teams have been working with each of these three components for the past few months, we had a pretty good idea of the shortest path to maximum sweetness. We started with a stunning coffee from high-elevation farms in the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia (1750-2150 m) and rounded out the blend with two more lots from elevations nearly as high: a beautifully articulate Kenyan coffee from the Kiunyu washing station (1500-1800 m), and a coffee from Finca La Maravilla in the dizzying heights of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. In other words, this year’s Sapsucker is a who’s who of high-elevation rock-star coffees.

We set our Retail Education teams in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York to work creating the sweetest coffee they could with these three lots. They subjected the coffees to rigorous sensory testing, evaluating the performance and tasting notes of each one in an effort to find a combinations that achieved the most harmonious triad. Each team sent their best blend recipe to the other teams for peer evaluation.

Our Retail Education teams in every city came together for a long day of discussion about flavor definition, shot structure and sweetness to acid ratio. They judged the coffees, too, of course. After hours of tinkering, dialing in, and evaluation, the Chicago team prevailed with the blend we release today. There is nothing subtle about it. This jammy Sapsucker cranks the sweetness to the max. Within the the confines of this espresso, soft acids and lingering sweetness combine to express notes of blood orange, Concord grape and vanilla.

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.