Hunters in the Snow Winter Seasonal Espresso
We're beginning 2014 with a relaunch of our Seasonal Espresso program! Our newest offering will be the first of four seasonal espressos throughout the year.
Our Winter espresso is called Hunters in the Snow, named after the painting by Flemish Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. We've tapped our own artist in residence, former Ritual barista and manager Jenny Kruch, to create a thematic design for this years espresso blends. Inspired by her own interest in the arcane arts of Tarot, Jenny created four pieces to represent the four seasons.
Hunters in the Snow is comprised of three South American coffees contributing in equal parts. The first two hail from the state of Minas Gerais in Brasil. A pulped natural Yellow Bourbon from the São Lourenço farm provides a chocolate syrup base while the mechanically washed Yellow Icatu from Afonso Maria Vinhal’s Recanto farm brings a clean, spun sugar sweetness.
The last coffee is a returning favorite from Colombia. The Artunduaga brothers Fabio and Hector, along with their neighbor Omar Viveros, collaborate to create a coffee they call La Amistad. This coffee provides much of the fruited acidity to the espresso, with rose hip aromatics and flavors of dried apricot and Washington apple.
In combination, these coffees create a satisfying balance of chocolate flavors along with a nice sweet red fruit finish.
La Amistad - Omar Viveros, Hector and Fabio Artunduaga / Washed Caturra, Colombia, Castillo / Pitalito, Huila, Colombia
Recanto - Afonso Maria Vinhal / Mechanically Washed Yellow Icatu / Patrocinio, Minas Gerais, Brasil
São Lourenço - Mariana Meat and Potatoes/ Pulped Natural Yellow Bourbon / Varjão de Minas, Minas Gerais, Brasil
Dose: 17-18 grams in a "18g" VST or "17g" Strada basket
Temp: 198-200 degrees at the group
Time: 26-30 seconds
Brewing Ratio: 50-60% or 31g of liquid
Pump Pressure: 8.5-9 Bar or 105-110 psi at the group
Days Rested: 7-12