The weather is heating up in the Bluegrass State, and we have iced coffee on the mind. Friends are busting out their Chemex and ice cube trays to start prepping iced coffee or grabbing up mason jars for steeping cold brew. It is in these times that we love carrying a naturally processed coffee - their fruit-forward nature, big body, and low acidity is perfect for cold preparation to beat the heat. Fortunately, they also make for an exciting, enjoyable morning brew as well. We are excited to have not only one but TWO new naturally processed coffees - Ethiopia Kayon Mountain and Mexico El Cipresal. Keep reading to learn more about these two, delicious new offerings.
ETHIOPIA, KAYON MOUNTAIN
We’re excited to bring you another rare single-farm lot from the Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm in Ethiopia. This estate is owned by multiple families that have grown up in coffee, soaking in its rich history in Ethiopian tradition. They started their own farm in 2012, after years of selling to auction via the more standard routes. They have their own washing stations and dry mills, allowing them to operate independently and export their own coffee. This coffee is grown at 1900-2200 MASL, and is composed of several heirloom varieties. While last year we brought you a washed coffee from Kayon Mountain, this year we went with the naturally processed option, which will be a more fruit-forward expression.
We taste: Pineapple, strawberry shortbread and cocoa.
MEXICO, EL CIPRESAL
Mexico is an origin that faces an uphill battle, and one that we especially like to champion for its continued growth and potential in spite of the odds against it. This particular coffee represents the great work of the CESMACH co-op in highlighting and supporting the large number of women producers in their area of Chiapas. Many of these women are running their farms and families single-handedly, and doing phenomenal work with the coffees. This program pays a premium for coffees coming through the women in the program, and highlights the great work they’re doing so that they can continue into the future. This wonderful naturally processed coffee continues Quills’ tradition of featuring these heavy, deeply fruited coffees from Mexico.
We taste: Banana, dark chocolate, blueberry, floral.
Watch this great video from our partners at Cafe Imports about the CESMACH co-op.