Sourced Grande Reserve Rainforest Alliance Coffee Spotlight on origin –
Our Grande Reserve blend is 100% Arabica, offering a heavy bodied cup, with a syrup mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness, orange acidity and milk chocolate with a long smooth finish, this really is a cup of luxury coffee.
This blend combines the best of Colombia, Brazil & Ethiopia into one brew! Looking closely at the origins of this coffee, we start with Colombia.
Good Colombian coffee is some of the best the world has to offer. Owing this to the rich volcanic soil and altitudes, up to 1800m above sea level, offering the perfect conditions for producing high quality Arabica. The alternation of wet and dry seasons mean that two harvests per year can be supported in many areas of Colombia, so great coffee can be found all year round. You can expect a rich mouthfeel from this Colombian Arabica, a medium body and a moreish orangey acidity, balanced with a good deal of sweetness and a refreshingly clean finish.
Brazil is the largest coffee producing nation in the world. The country sees large scale mechanisation used in the preparation of its coffee, which is the result of a well structured industry infrastructure and many years’ experience producing coffee. Compared to many Arabica coffees produced in surrounding countries, Brazilian Arabicas are grown at relatively low altitudes of around 1200-1500m above sea level. Lower growing altitudes mean that Brazilian coffees are relatively low in acidity. As a result, they tend to be round, sweet and well nuanced rather that big and bright.
Ethiopia is the world renowned birthplace of coffee, the story goes that a goat farmer initially discovered coffee, noticing his goats eating the fruit, it didn’t take long for it to become a national delicacy and in the 16th century became a global beverage. The country boasts around 400,000 hectares of coffee growing land, and agriculture forms the basics of Ethiopia’s economy – coffee is the most important export. Approximately 98% of coffee is produced on small farms and micro lots, this has been part of indigenous cultural traditions for over 10 generations. Ethiopian coffee is considered by many to be the best in the world, grown with exceptional passion and care, celebrated through wonderful traditions.