Eye of the Tiger Espresso Fair Trade Organic
Eye of the Tiger Espresso Fair Trade Organic

Eye of the Tiger Espresso Fair Trade Organic

Red Plum, Lavender, Allspice

$17.50
(12oz)
Eye of the Tiger Espresso Fair Trade Organic

Eye of the Tiger Espresso Fair Trade Organic $17.50

12oz
  • 12oz
  • 2lb
Whole Bean
  • Whole Bean
  • Coarse (French Press)
  • Regular (Drip/Pour Over)
  • Fine
  • Espresso

Origin

Multiple Origins

Guatemala, Ethiopia

Roast Level

Light Med Lt Med Med Drk Dark
+ +

Tastes Like

Floral, spicy, and sweet flavors of lavender, allspice, and red plum with a creamy body.

Floral, Nutty, Citrusy

Altitude

Various

Variety

Various

Processing

Washed, Natural

An Evolving Espresso

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.
 
This iteration is built around a coffee produced by La Federación Comercializadora de Café Especial de Guatemala (FECCEG), a second level cooperative comprised of twelve smaller producer cooperatives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. In total, FECCEG represents over 1,900 smallholder farmers, of whom over 500 are women. In addition to producing coffee for export, the group roasts and sells their own coffee to the local market in Quetzaltenango at their coffee shop, Kishé. Other products sold at the shop, including honey and chocolate, are also produced by FECCEG members. This coffee gives the espresso a silky texture, and its caramel-like sweetness and flavors of baking spices help to round out the blend’s fruitier and more assertive components.
 
We then added a pair of coffees from the Kayon Mountain Estate in Southern Guji, Ethiopia. The first lot is fully washed and showcases clean flavors of flowers and citrus fruit while the other was processed using the natural method, resulting in intense berry-like fruit flavors. Coffee estates in this region, and specifically in Odo Shakisso where Kayon Mountain Estate is located, are often credited for putting the Guji region on the specialty coffee map. Farm owner Ismael Hassen Aredo competes with the area’s precious metal mines for seasonal workers and pays higher wages to incentivize them to return year after year. In addition to managing the 300 hectares of coffee planted on the farm, Ismael provides training for 140 nearby smallholder farmers, helps finance social initiative projects such as the construction of schools, and plans to build a bridge across the Sawana River to make the walk to school for the children of the community safer.
 
These three distinct and contrasting coffees 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.
 
While there are many variables that contribute to dialing in espresso, here are the parameters that have been yielding the best results in our lab: 2:1 ratio, 19 grams in, 38 grams out, 28-30 seconds
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