Ok, so I know I’ve been a bit missing-in-action this past month when it comes to new posts but between the NBA finals and now the World Cup I’ve had my hands full cheering on the games, and add my day job to that and it makes for quite a busy 24 hours. But here I am again with some new material that I’m confident you’ll all enjoy when you try them.
So what does coffee have in common with the World Cup? Well, many things, like the fact that many of the teams participating in it are coffee producing countries and others have top-of-the-line specialty cafés and roasters. The host, Brazil, is the biggest coffee producer/exporter of coffee in the world, so much so that any disruption in production directly affects the price of coffee around the world, like recently experienced.
Now let’s get down to business and focus on today’s coffee experience. Today I’m changing it up a bit and will be presenting three coffees vs. the traditional one in an effort to make up for “lost” time. The focus is on Africans since they make great summer cups due to their floral and fruity characteristics. I had already given prelude to two of these in a previous post referring to them as star players in the NBA, these two being Coava’s Thurungi and Kilenso and the other is Misty Valley by Onyx. Any of these are great options with the Kilenso being my personal favorite. Below I break down their characteristics;
This cup is vibrant with flavors of blood orange, sweet maple and cane sugar. It’s a coffee with a mild character, fruity aroma and a thick syrupy mouthfeel. You may buy the coffee here
This coffee is rich and creamy with a fruity aroma. It boasts flavors of lavender and grape jam and is very well balanced. I wish I could really describe how special this cup is but words in this case do it no justice. You’ll just have to take my word for it and try it. You may buy the coffee here
This Ethiopian Misty Valley is floral and sweet. Its flavors are those of cherry, coffee blossom and creamy condensed milk. You may buy the coffee here
My brew recommendation for these three would be drip or pour over which will enhance all its flavors and body best.