Sweet & Punchy
Notes of Red Fruit, Chocolate & Citrus
Our seasonal blend, a sweet milk chocolate base is balanced with bright citrus acidity and notes of ripe cherry and pomegranate. The result is a cup that is both familiar and unique.
Visit our blog to learn more about Nick Wroblewski, the artist created the woodcut art for each of our blends.
Caturra, Catuai, Pache Verde, Bourbon
Dry Fermentation, Washed, Patio Dried
February 2019 - April 2019
Concepción Huista, Huehuetenango, Guatemala Jacaltenango, Guatemala
About Summer Solstice
Like anyone frozen Midwesterner, we get excited about summer. After all, summer around here means floating down the Kickapoo River, late night fires under the stars, and loads of fresh crop coffee. We know we capture that all in a blend, but no one's going to stop us from trying.
Bright and energetic, this blend balances its good timin' with a touch of mellow milk chocolate sweetness. It's floral, fruity and surprisingly full-bodied.
The only bummer is Summer Solstice always leaves us a bit like summer itself—gone too soon and all at once.
Perched high above the dusty streets of Concepción Huista in Sierra de los Cuchumatanes, the highest mountain range in Central America, the Mayan farmers of the CODECH Cooperative grow exceptional coffee nestled amongst looming peaks.
The Cooperative is comprised largely of coffee producing associations, each collectively owned by farmers who live and farm nearby. Over the years, we’ve honed in on coffees from three of the higher altitude associations within CODECH: ADIPY, ADAT, and ADINTHEC. These associations collect coffee from the Canalaj and O'ejnhah communities, which are made up of the Indigenous Popti, Mam and Q’anjob’al branches of the Mayan People. These growers honor the tradition of coffee farming in this region, planting traditional varieties that give their coffee a distinctive and nuanced flavor profile. These varieties and the favorable altitude - paired with the farmers' attention to detail in the growing, harvesting and processing of these coffees - result in some of the best coffee Huehuetenango has to offer.
About Rio Azul
The Rio Azul Cooperative is named for the crystalline, aqua-blue river that snakes through the lush rainforests of remote, western Guatemala. Founded in 1967 by a group of indigenous, Jacaltec Mayans, the Cooperative's dedication to quality is rooted in a goal of supporting its 217 farmer-members. By refining its process, the cooperative can fetch a premium price and provide a better life for its members and their families.
During the harvest, farmers bring their coffee to be centrally wet-processed in small batches in the nearby town of Jacaltenango, just walking distance from their farms. A rarity for small farmer cooperatives in Central America, their centralized mill affords them greater control and consistency in processing and drying their coffee cherries. With an eye always towards improvement, Rio Azul never fails to set a high bar.
One of our longest standing partnerships, this is our 13th year working with Rio Azul, having made our first purchase from the group soon after starting Kickapoo Coffee in 2005. We're excited to continue working with this group, and to highlight their coffee at the peak of its seasonality.
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