A LIGHT DARK ROAST:
People have been drinking dark roasts for over two-centuries and it seems both short-sighted and careless to ignore history. And yet if you roast too dark, all of the unique flavours of origin are lost and you simply taste the bitter burn and one-dimensional char of the roast process itself.
Shady Lane is a new way of roasting that uses a gentle approach and precise technique to strike a compromise: it engages in our coffee past with an approachable low-acidity but also showcases the deeply sweet and delicious chocolaty notes possible with particular origins. It is new and old because as the Pavement song concludes, "the worlds collide, but all that we want is a shady lane".
The widespread adoration for Nano Challa is understandable given its consistent quality and deeply classic Jimma flavour profile. The mill started with help from NGO Technoserve who facilitated loans, training, and new methods for grading. As Asnake Nigat from Kata Muduga explains, it was the “starting point to us doing exemplary in these areas”. The mill has since expanded greatly under the leadership of Kata Muduga and arguably produces some of the region’s best crops. With increasing demand, the mill added a second sibling mill, Nano Genji, just over three years ago, which we are currently featuring in Magnolia!
We originally brought in this lot for our filter menu but after our usual roast profiles experiments, we realized really works well as espresso. By knocking down the citrus and floral notes in favour of the dense sugars and cooked fruit notes, the cup really opens up, gaining complexity and a lot more coherence. It opens with a really nice sticky plum note that gives way to raisin flavours. They are big and sweet, like a butter tart. The finish is long with a light chocolate note blending with lush honey flavours.
For espresso, use a 1:2 to 1:2.1 ratio in 29-34 seconds.
Wildflower Honey, .
Agaro Gera, Jimma, Oromia.
Members of Nano Challa.
Aleco at Red Fox Merchants.