Our Seasonal Blend: Winter Solstice
It’s that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is crisp, and all of your warmest blankets are making their way out of the closet. It’s also time for the reemergence of our favorite blend of the year, Winter Solstice. Back by popular demand, this coffee captures the magic of the season with notes of marshmallow, blackberry and toasted pecan.
When we build a blend, we select individual coffees that, when combined, tell a larger story. One coffee might have great acidity and fruited notes, but no body. Another coffee might have a rich body and nice sweetness, but little acidity. When blended, these coffees create something new and wonderful. With Winter Solstice, we’ve taken the non-conventional route of blending two coffees that are total knockouts on their own, combining them together to form the coffee equivalent of a supergroup. With that, let's get to know the band.
Gift from the Andes
The first coffee comes from the Tolima region of Colombia. Nestled high in the Andes mountains, this coffee matures slowly, developing complex acidity, dark chocolate and fruited notes. This lot is 100% peaberry, which occurs when a coffee cherry produces one round seed instead of two flat-sided seeds. Think of it like reverse twins. Each peaberry has greater complexity and more vibrant flavors than a ‘typical’ coffee bean, making it sweeter and more interesting. This coffee gives Winter Solstice its marshmallow sweetness and nutty spice notes that remind us of toasted pecan.
A Century of Coffee
Our second component comes from the Windrush Estate in Kiambu, Kenya. Windrush is one of Kenya’s original coffee estates, established in 1902. The coffees grown here are SL28 and SL34, which are the best of the best that you’ll find in Kenya. Add sustainable farming methods and meticulous sorting and processing, and you have a truly exceptional coffee that lends Winter Solstice its body, balanced acidity and juicy blackberry notes. We typically reserve this coffee for a single-origin offering, but we knew that we needed it to make Winter Solstice truly exceptional this year.
All Together Now
Roasted together to bring out the best expression of each coffee, Winter Solstice is the perfect sidekick for all of your autumn and winter celebrations. Whether given as a gift, or something to treat yourself to on cool mornings, this blend delivers. Winter Solstice is available all season long, online or at any Sightglass location. Cheers.
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