Eye of the Tiger Espresso
Fig, Toffee, Dark Chocolate
Eye of the Tiger Espresso $17.50
El Salvador, Guatemala
Sweet and balanced with flavors of fig, toffee and dark chocolate.
Chocolatey, Berries, Citrusy
Presenting the latest edition of our seasonally evolving espresso blend, Eye of the Tiger. For those unfamiliar with the Eye of the Tiger concept, we do not attempt to maintain a fixed flavor profile for this blend, as we do with our year-round espresso blends. Instead we work with in-season coffees to develop a blend that shows off the flavors of the component coffees in unique ways.
After carefully considering coffees to build this version of Eye of the Tiger around, we settled on an intensely sweet and subtly floral coffee produced by renowned producer Gilberto Baraona on his award-winning farm, Los Pirineos. Situated on the mountainous divide between the coffee towns of Santiago de María and Berlín in central El Salvador, on the slopes of the Tecapa Volcano, Los Pirineos is named in honor of the Pyrenees, the mountain range that serves as a natural border between Spain and France.
We then added a coffee from Finca Himalaya, produced by our long-time partner Mauricio “Moe” Salaverria in El Salvador. Moe and Gilberto have known each other since they were children and are close friends, so it’s fitting we paired their coffees together. This lot was processed using the natural, or dry method, where after harvesting the coffee cherries are left to dry whole on raised beds with the pulp fully intact, imparting distinct fruit-forward flavors into the coffee.
To finish the blend, we included a uniquely complex coffee from one of our favorite Guatemalan cooperatives, CODECH. Situated high in northern Huehuetenango’s Sierra de los Cuchumatanes mountain range, in the town of Concepción Huista, CODECH is a quality focused group Equator has been purchasing from for many years. Over the past decade yields on the coffee farms surrounding Concepción Huista have dramatically decreased because of climate change, but training and systematic renovations initiated by CODECH five years ago are beginning to pay off.
These three distinct and contrasting coffees from Central America culminate in an espresso that can be enjoyed on its own as well as in milk-based drinks. We will roast this version of Eye of the Tiger only as long as the blend components last.