ACE - Esperança, Brasil
A sweet, sustainably sourced single-origin coffee, designed to be brewed any way you want to!
This is the sportscar of coffee you can drive like a Volkswagen. It’s made with everyone in mind, but with a level of quality and passion that few can match.
Uncomplicated but still complex in flavor, difficult to mess up and easy to enjoy- no matter if you’re a Ritual Superfan or highly skeptical of this whole “fancy” coffee thing. Take it for a test drive!
Ace is Ritual's first true single-origin "Omni-roast."
What’s that, you ask?
Well, historically we have developed roast profiles (let’s call them recipes) for each of our individual single-origin coffees based on the brew method associated with them, with most of the coffees geared toward filter roasts in our unique, lightly roasted, “let’s not get in the way of a good green coffee” style.
This means most of our coffees are roasted specifically for drip or pour-over brewing methods- with the notable exception of our seasonal espresso blend and our “Sweet Tooth” line of single-origin espresso. These coffees are expressly earmarked and developed for espresso preparation (pressurized hot water forced through the grounds.)
Being vastly different methods to prepare coffee, we haven’t been able to offer a single farm coffee that would perform amazingly as both a filter roast and an exceptional espresso - until now.
The lighter roasting style we’re known for often requires more care and precision during the brewing process, but we also realize that not everyone always has the time for that. This offering can be trusted to perform admirably no matter the method or level of precision - whether a scale or a scoop, you really can’t lose.The current Ace offering is:
For generations now, the Souzas have been doing things a bit differently in Brasil. Bruno Souza works the land in the same way as his father, picking coffee only when it is at its peak, processing cherries carefully in small batches, and ultimately striving for the best coffee he can produce - not just the most coffee he can produce. This offering comes from a section of the Esperança farm planted with Rubi and Catuaí coffee. These coffee varieties have both red and yellow fruiting types, and Bruno has a fairly even planting of both. He believes that blending the more pronounced sweetness of the yellow cherries with the more 'complex' flavored red cherries leads to a coffee that is balanced, but not boring. Complementing his choice of varieties is the processing style: Pulped Natural. By removing the outer skin of the fruit and 'washing' the cherry, he strives for a balance between the clean flavors of a fully washed coffee and the heavy flavors of a natural coffee.
Harvested: Summer 2019
Variety: Catuai, Rubi
Location: Campos Altos, Minas Gerais, Brasil
Tastes like: cherry, navel orange, milk chocolate
Grown by: Bruno de Oliveira Sidney de Souza