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 gentle technique to strike a compromise: it engages in the 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".
Pluma was once all large estate coffee farms. Sadly decimated by low prices and rust leaf, the majority of them collapsed. Today, there are few new smallholders operating one to two hectare farms. It is a real joy to work with Red Fox and showcase the area’s truly special offerings.
San Mateo Piñas is the perfect crop for the gentle 'light dark roast' approach with its lush notes of chocolate ganache, almond butter, and cooked apple. Thanks to the the unique Pluma Hidalgo variety and area’s high elevations, the cup is low-acid with big sugar. It is extraordinarily versatile, opening it to almost any brew method and making it delicious alone or with milk.
Classic with Fuji Apple & Milk Chocolate.
Small estate farms in Pluma village.
Red Fox Merchants.
Shady Lane is 340g of Beautiful Coffee.