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Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company // Donut’s Friend Blend

Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company // Donut’s Friend Blend

Anodyne recently sent me one of their flagship coffees—Donuts Friend Blend. This blend is comprised of coffee from the Reje Gayo Cooperative in Aceh, Sumatra and a certified organic roast from Guatemala. The Guatemalan component is from the region of San Pedro La Laguna, Atitlan. […]

Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

Metric Coffee // Long Miles Coffee Project – Burundi Ninga 10 Special Lot

The Burundi province of Kayanza consists of a series of rolling hills. High altitude and plenty of rain are a constant in this region, but the area enjoys a great diversity in flavor attributed to each hill’s micro-climate. Ninga Hill refers to a specific lot […]

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

Halfwit Coffee Roasters // Ecuador Gilda Carrascal

The country of Ecuador lies along the Andean mountain range, nestled between Peru and Colombia. With primarily heirloom varietals, small family farms, and altitude in abundance, Ecuador has the foundation to produce some of the world’s finest coffees.

However, the coffee industry there has mainly taken a different route, opting for high yielding, low quality varietals, with over three quarters of all production going towards the instant coffee market. With much of their amazing terroir (quite literally) being diluted, still some farmers have stayed committed to quality. Despite the lack of government assistance, partnerships with specialty coffee importers and roasters have kept up demand for these rare and unique lots. As a country with a high minimum wage and individual benefits, Ecuador may be a bellwether for future specialty markets if conditions for farmers and pickers improve. Namely, that their coffees are more expensive due to a supply chain that must take into account a true living wage. We think it’s worth every penny.*

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Ecuador Gilda Carrascal, from Halfwit Coffee Roasters in Chicago, Illinois, courtesy of Craft Coffee. Feel free to pull up a chair.

THEDETAILS

region: Las Tolas, Pichincha, Ecuador
farm: N/A
producer: Gilda Carrascal
association: La Prosperidad de Chirinos
elevation: 1650 – 1700
cultivars: Pacamara
process: fully washed, patio dried

CUPPINGNOTES

The aroma of the Ecuador Gilda Carrascal is fairly complex complex, with a lot of interesting nuances – maple syrup, nuts, stone fruit, light florals… It’s light and fragrant and delightful.

As I took my first sip from the cup, my eyes widened and I exclaimed, “Wow!” Honestly. From the very first sip, this medium-bodied coffee bursts to life with bright, vibrant, juicy flavors of effervescent white peach and the light malic tartness of Gala apple. This is such a smooth coffee, and it has a really complex mouthfeel – it’s syrupy and it coats the palate, but it also has a bright juiciness that splashes over my tongue. Maple syrup, brown sugar, dark chocolate, and pecan pie serve as the platform for bright fruit flavors, like grape, cherry, pear, and malic acidity to really shine upon.

FINALTHOUGHTS

Halfwit Coffee Roasters’s Ecuador Gilda Carrascal was truly a special coffee; one that blew my mind, really. I’m not kidding when I write that my first reaction to my first sip was “Wow!

I don’t expect Pacamaras to deliver these kinds of cups, and I don’t typically expect these kinds of cups coming out of Ecuador. While it did have that heavy, syrupy, palate-coating mouthfeel that Pacamaras are famous for, it also featured some bright, juicy, and effervescent fruit flavors that absolutely dazzled my taste buds up front and throughout the rest of the cup.

*content courtesy of Halfwit Coffee Roasters

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Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

Metropolis Coffee Company // Rwanda Nyarusiza

The Rwanda Nyarusiza washing station is one of two owned by Epiphanie Mukashyaka, an inspirational entrepreneur in the Rwandan coffee industry. Epiphanie was widowed during the 1994 genocide but chose to stay on her family’s small coffee farm and rebuild her business. She founded Buf […]

Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

Revolution Brewing // Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale

Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Revved Up Coffee Brown Ale, from Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair. This brown ale is brewed in collaboration with Upland Brewing Co. in Bloomington, Indiana […]