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We combined the freshest single-farm lots in our inventory from two smallholder farms in Colombia and one storied estate in El Salvador to mark the arrival of summer with refreshing flavors of green grape, apricot and rooibos.
  • SKU 300023
  • Country Colombia, El Salvador
  • Region within Country San Agustín, Huila, COLOMBIA | Finca Matalapa, Jayaque, La Libertad, EL SALVADOR
  • Elevation 1200 - 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • Farm Finca El Tesoro and Finca El Faldón, COLOMBIA | Finca Matalapa, EL SALVADOR
  • Farmer / Producer Name Luz Eneida Muñoz Pérez and Luis Felipe Leguizamo, COLOMBIA | Vickie Dalton Díaz, EL SALVADOR
  • Buyer Geoff Watts & Andy Atkinson
  • Cultivar Bourbon, Castillo, Caturra, Pacas
  • Harvest Time November 2017 - January 2018
  • In Season No
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin No
  • USDA organic No
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Stone FruitGrapeHerbacious

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, we will update this blend over the course of the season as new coffees and new flavors become available, just as you will purchase juicy peaches, freshly picked berries and summer corn when they begin appearing at farm stands.

The first installment in our Summer Solstice lineup combines the last arrival of our Southern Hemisphere season, a sparkling smallholder lot from Colombia, with the first arrival of our Northern Hemisphere season, a sweet, citrusy lot from a storied Salvadoran estate.

The Colombian component of the blend comes from two small-scale family farms located in San Agustín, Huila. Luz Eneida Muñoz Pérez and Luis Felipe Leguizamo are part of a small but growing group of coffee farmers there with whom we have been working for several years. The latent potential for quality we saw in them and their neighbors when we first visited is beginning to be fulfilled in the single-farm lots that are part of this blend.

The other component of this edition of Summer Solstice comes from Vickie Ann Díaz, owner of Finca Matalapa, the centenarian coffee farm that has been in her family since the 1870s, and Beneficio Paraíso, a magical place where antique milling equipment and modern post-harvest practices meet to produce consistently delicious coffees.

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 green grape and apricot, 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.