A LIGHT DARK ROAST:
People have been drinking dark roasts for over two-centuries and it seems both short-sighted and careless to ignore history. And yet if you roast too dark, all of the unique flavours of origin are lost and you simply taste the bitter burn and one-dimensional char of the roast process itself. Shady Lane is a new way of roasting that uses a gentle approach and precise technique to strike a compromise: it engages in the coffee past with an approachable low-acidity but also showcases the deeply sweet and delicious chocolaty notes possible with particular origins. It is new and old because as the Pavement song concludes, "the worlds collide, but all that we want is a shady lane".
Finca El Metate bridges the lifelong knowledge and experience of Beto Lopez with the innovation and experimental drive of his son, Eliel. Their farm sits at the meeting point between the Sierra Madre del Sur and the Sierra Mixteca ranges. With just over 20 hectares of farmland, they dedicate 8 to growing delicious coffee. Pacific winds bring mist into the area, which along with high altitudes, provide excellent growing conditions.
It's hard to imagine a better candidate for Shady Lane that Finca El Metate. It opens sticky with fig and apricot compote notes. It has a very dominant chocolate body, that is creamy and syrupy. The finish is long and as espresso, you will get a great deal of butterscotch and caramel notes.
For espresso, use a 1:2 to 1:2.1 ratio in 29-33 seconds.
Classic with Fig, Chocolate & Butterscotch Pudding.
Santo Domingo Teojomulco, Oaxaca.
Finca El Metate.
Typica de Pluma.
Crop to Cup.