50% El Angél, Costa Rica
- 25% La Moñtanita, Honduras
- 25% Hama Organic, Ethiopia
Ahhhhh - winter on the Left Coast. The time of year when much of the Northern Hemisphere bundles up out of necessity, and we bundle up simply for love of scarves. However, not unlike the rest of the humans, we also take solace in a beverage that warms us body and soul. Whether a bit of mulled wine, a hot toddy, a nice glass of Pinot Noir, or a double americano - most of us are Day Drinkers.
To escape the foggy chill of San Francisco Bay, one often need travel only an hour north - to the golden rolling hills of the Napa Valley. Known for innovation in the culinary world, Napa is also the perfect place to relax, recharge and re-introduce yourself to the many beverages this storied region has to offer. Imagine yourself in the sun, perhaps biking from vineyard to vineyard, wineglass to wineglass; experiencing the sweet harvest by the magnum. No coffee reminds us more of the complex, fruited body of California wine quite like the Familia Chacón's farm, El Angél. A Costa Rican coffee that we cannot get enough of, the Angél brings structure and bright pear and citrus notes to this espresso.
Sometimes our winter days are marked by misty skies–not unlike the fog blanketed hills above Lake Yojoa, Honduras, home to some of the most beautiful coffees ever grown. The Familia Moreno of this region is known far and wide in the world of coffee for having a veritable hit machine of stellar produce every year. And although Evin Moreno's La Moñtanita harvest comprises just a quarter of this blend, its notes of star anise and candied ginger bring complexity and nuance to the table.
After two whoppers of flavor, it's imperative to top things off with a bit of refreshing lightness. The Organic Hama, hailing from Ethiopia, lends its florality and an almost tea-like quality to our Day Drinker. Reminiscent of blackberry jam and fresh rose petals, it balances levity with deep complexity in a way only Ethiopian coffees can.
We've joined these coffees to create a winter warmer that enlivens the soul, and won't make you tipsy. Wherever you may be this season, join us! You may know California wine, but do you know California Coffee? Wherever you may be this season, join us!
We recommend starting with the following brew parameters:
Dose: 17-18 grams in a "18g" VST or "17g" Strada basket
Temp: 198-200 degrees at the group
Time: 28-32 seconds
Brewing Ratio: 50-60% or 30-35 g of liquid
Pump Pressure: 8.5-9 Bar or 105-110 psi at the group
Days Rested: 7-12