Winter Blend 2018 Brazil Sao Silvstre Tanzania Mbeya Uganda Sipi Falls FLAVOUR: Caramelised sugar, cherry, brown spice BODY: Medium-full, chewy ROAST: Light- Medium ACIDITY: Mellow, papaya SUITABLE FOR: Espresso, plunger, […]

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Winter Blend 2018

Brazil Sao Silvstre
Tanzania Mbeya
Uganda Sipi Falls

FLAVOUR: Caramelised sugar, cherry, brown spice
BODY: Medium-full, chewy
ROAST: Light- Medium
ACIDITY: Mellow, papaya
SUITABLE FOR: Espresso, plunger, Mokapot
PROCESSING: Pulped natural, fully washed
VARIETALS: Various
ALTITUDE: 1 250 – 2 000 masl

Sao Silvestre

Brazil Sao Silvestre

Brazil Sao Silvestre

Fazenda São Silvestre has been farmed by the Andrade Brothers since 1991. It is located in the north of Minas Gerais, in an area known as the Cerrado Mineiro on the border with Bahia state.

The farm’s volcanic soils provide ideal conditions for growing the farm’s main varieties – Yellow Icatú, Yellow Bourbon and Típica.

Combined with the natural conditions of the region, meticulous crop management, forward-thinking crop planning and post-harvest selection, the final result from all Andrade family farms is excellent quality, award-winning coffees that are appreciated both within Brazil and internationally as some of the best coffee the country has to offer.

Tanzania Mbeya

Tanzania Mbeya

Tanzania Mbeya

Mbeya is in southern Tanzania. The area around Mbeya town enjoys abundant and reliable rainfall  on rich volcanic soils. This area has been called the “Scotland of Africa”. The hills are clad in heather and bracken, but botanically they are more closely related to the Fynbos (fine bush) of South Africa’s Western Cape Province than the Highlands of Scotland.

The smallholder farmers of Mbeya are making some headway in the coffee industry, with more and more coffees that show exotic characteristics in their cup profile.

 

Uganda Sipi Falls

Uganda Sipi Falls – 3rd fall

Uganda Sipi Falls

The name hails from the local scenic landmark of Sipi Falls. This 3 phase waterfall plunges down the slopes of Mt Elgon – once thought to be the tallest in Africa due to its enormous base, which covers 3,500 square kilometers across Uganda and Kenya.

The locals believe that god lives on Mt. Elgon – far beyond where people venture – and that when he is happy, he delivers rain to the bountiful gardens clinging to the mountainside. Indeed, these green, fertile hillsides are very nearly divine territory for the production of potentially spectacular coffees, and producers are increasingly realizing their potential.

 

I’m the Head Roaster at Origin. I joined the company in 2008. My primary focus is on developing roast profiles for the diverse array of great coffees that we purchase throughout the year. I am interested in understanding what makes coffee special, such as processing, varietals and anything else pertaining to geographical distinction.

In my spare time, I focus on something a little different. I am an aspiring mycologist and nutrition enthusiast focusing on gourmet and medicinal mushrooms and the human microbiome. I also dabble in fermentation from time to time.