This week we're excited to be releasing three new coffees from three different origins, including our first ever coffees from El Salvador and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as our Christmas coffee for this year from Rwanda.
Los Pirineos is located at the top of the Tecapa volcano in southeastern El Salvador and is managed by Salvadoran coffee pioneer Gilberto Baraona. Gilberto has won the national Cup of Excellence competition eight times and owns the largest coffee seed bank in private hands in the country. He is constantly exploring new botanical varietals and processing techniques, and his attention to detail and willingness to experiment enable him to produce some of the best coffees in El Salvador. We have selected a microlot of Bourbon varietal beans that is a great example of Central American coffee, with sweet nutty praline and milk chocolate notes, a clean and rounded mouthfeel and a juicy plum-like acidity. This is a well-balanced coffee that works really well for both espresso and filter.
DR Congo has gone through difficult times in recent years as a result of the genocide in neighbouring Rwanda and two civil wars. With the help of international NGOs, the country is starting to re-establish its coffee industry and is now producing some great coffees that compete well with some of the best lots from other countries in East Africa. Latumba is a washing station on the western shores of Lake Kivu run by the AMKA Cooperative, led by local farmer Kabugoyi Andre. This coffee is full of deep berry and black forest fruit notes as well as molasses and brown sugar sweetness and makes a juicy filter coffee or a bright and fruity espresso.
We also have our limited edition Jólakaffi (Icelandic for "Christmas coffee"). Like last year, we've selected a single origin from Rwanda because of its seasonal flavour notes of cranberry, blood orange, cocoa and warm baking spices. This coffee was grown by smallholder farmers in the Huye district of southern Rwanda and processed at the Simbi washing station. Simbi was established in 2013 by coffee farmer Abdul Rudahunga and serves as a processing station for many local farmers in the area. The team at Simbi are very much quality focused, and their coffees were awarded ninth place in the national Cup of Excellence competition in 2013 and seventh in the most recent competition in 2015.
These coffees are all available from our online shop now.