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We combined two of the freshest lots in our inventory, one from smallholder farms in Ethiopia and one from an estate in Costa Rica, to mark the arrival of summer with refreshing flavors of Blood Orange, Melon, and Turbinado Sugar.
  • SKU Summer Solstice Blend
  • Country Costa Rica, Ethiopia
  • Elevation 1500-1800 m, 1500-1650 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm La Tina, Isabel, Tanairi, Plantona, Pedernal
  • Buyer Jason Mlodzinski, Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar Caturra and Catuai, Catuai, Bourbon
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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CitrusMelonLight Sugars

Summer Solstice Blend

Summer is upon us again — time for bright sun, warm weather, long days at the beach, and the persistent aroma of backyard barbecues. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and the official start to the summer season. Beyond the joie de vivre that comes with shifting activities normally performed indoors into the warmth of the summer sun, the advent of summer has been met throughout time and across cultures with celebration of the abundance and distinct flavors of the summer harvest. Our seasonal Summer Solstice blend was originally conceived in this enduring tradition and built on the freshest seasonal ingredients in the Intelligentsia coffee cupboard.

Just as the seasons were slow to change this year in Chicago, the city where Intelligentsia was born, harvest was slow in coming this year to many of the countries where we source coffee. In keeping with the Summer Solstice spirit and dedication to freshness, we decided to wait for these new coffees and new flavors to become available before constructing this blend.

This year’s edition of Summer Solstice combines two lively fresh-crop coffees from the recent Northern Hemisphere harvest; a sparkling, floral lot from Ethiopia, and a sweet, fruity lot from Costa Rica.

The Ethiopian component of the blend is the most recent to arrive at our roasting facilities, and it was worth the wait. It comes from our friends and Direct Trade partners at METAD, with whom we have been working for several years now, and who are the producers behind two of our all-time favorite offerings, Kurimi and Tikur Anbessa.

The other component of the 2019 Summer Solstice comes from Roberto Mata, owner of MM Pura Vida in Costa Rica. We have been friends and Direct Trade partners with Roberto for 15 years now. He and his family recently built their own mill and started their own company to process coffee from their family farms, and they have consistently produced delicious coffees ever since the first lot we tasted.

Our Summer Solstice is designed to be equally enjoyable when brewed hot and served over ice. When brewed hot, this year’s blend has an invigorating citrus brightness and lovely sweetness reminiscent of melon and brown sugar, with delicate floral notes appropriate to the full bloom of summer. When prepared as a cold beverage, we recommend brewing it over ice on Chemex or as an especially fine batch of cold brew.

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.