Region: Peru, Rwanda
Farms: Palmira (Peru), Hingakawa Women’s Co-op (Rwanda)
Variety: Typica & Caturra (Peru), Grade-A Bourbon (Rwanda)
Cup: Milk Chocolate, Gingerbread, Orange Marmalade
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Our signature Christmastime blend has returned. . . and this time, it cannot be oversold!”
When we say we labored over this blend, we aren’t merely talking it up. We went through an extremely thorough set of tests and trials to land on our final combination.
What does that mean exactly?
Well, here are the different combinations of coffees we tried:
- 50/50 of Colombia Willian Sancho & Burundi Natural
- 75/25 of Colombia Willian Sancho & Burundi Natural
- 50/50 of Colombia Willian Sancho & Nicaragua “Jairo & Fatima” Microlot
Each of the above blends we were extremely excited about—and yet, each time, we knew they could they better.
For more than a month, we engaged the “research and development” aspect of coffee blending. Finally, we were able to present the final product—one that we take great pride in. For this year’s Christmas Symphony, we landed on a 50/50 blend of a Peruvian coffee and a Rwandan coffee.
Our Rwandan component is a familiar coffee from the Hingakawa Women’s Co-op and our Peruvian is from Yolanda Alvarez.
Both coffees are revered Peregrine single-origin offerings, but “Man!” (as we often say), are they special together!
Now, let’s break it down to what it tastes like…
Chocolate: Starting the holiday notes off strong, this blend is full of delicious milk chocolate flavor. (Where would a Christmas coffee be without a nice base of sweet chocolate?)
Citrus & Spice: However, chocolate alone does not complete an ideal Christmas blend. Christmas is a holiday that brings rich, complex smells and flavors. Around the holidays, we are often full of nostalgia for the fragrance of citrus, or for the taste of spices. Christmas Symphony delivers exactly that!
Gingerbread: Delivering on Christmas spice, a cup of Christmas Symphony is full of sweet gingerbread notes. They are absolutely delightful and sure to boost Christmas cheer.
Marmalade: While gingerbread is often associated with Christmas (for us westerners), there are also traditional bittersweet flavor combinations of citrus marmalades.
When first discussing this marmalade note, there was an intense debate. Marmalade was a flavor we were familiar with, but what differentiated a marmalade from a jam or a jelly, a compote or a preserve? What about a chutney?
As you probably know, a marmalade contains the whole citrus fruit, containing both fruit and peel; hence, you often find delicious bitter flavors alongside the sweetness of fruit.
That is what we taste in the acidity that’s present in Christmas Symphony: delicious, oily, bitter and sweet orange marmalade.
We find that these complex holiday flavors pair together incredibly well.
Please enjoy the finished product this holiday—wherever the joyous season takes you.