Returning from our Colombian origin trip, we are excited to roll out our new seasonal espresso blend, Four Chairs. For those who are wondering why we name it “Four Chairs”, you will have to drop by Nylon to find out why. This new seasonal blend is probably one of the most “adventurous” espresso we have created so far. Since we started Nylon 15 months ago, the components of our El Primero seasonal espresso blend have been refreshed several times but the taste profiles did not change drastically. However, with the intention of creating something different with the fresh crops of coffees from Nicaragua and El Salvador, we thought it is time for a new name for this coffee.
The components of the Four Chairs seasonal espresso blend are:
- 40% Finca El Zarzal, El Salvador
- 40% Finca Mama Mina, Nicaragua
- 20% Finca Limoncillo, Nicaragua
These coffees are the results of our origin trip to El Salvador and Nicaragua back in February this year. It was a wonderful experience to visit Finca El Zarzal off the slopes of an active volcano and the owner, Ben Argueta, has been hard at work with a brand new cupping lab above the dry mill. The Nicaraguan coffees come from 2 different farms owned by the Mierisch family, whom we visited as well. Fincas Mierisch is well-recognised as one of the most forward thinking producers in Nicaragua, with a strong focus on quality control in the processing of their coffees. This is the second year we are buying directly from Finca El Zarzal and Fincas Mierisch. We are grateful for their support in working with us via this direct trade relationship.
Four Chairs is not only a blend of coffees from different countries, but also a mix of different bean varietals and processing methods. We wanted to create something exciting and different, so in this blend, there is 20% of Finca Limoncillo, which is a bean varietal known as Javanica. This is quite a rare varietal not much is known about it except that it is related to the Typica and Geisha varietals due to its elongated bean shape. If you are interested to read more about Javanica, Erwin has a very interesting story about how this coffee came about to its family farms. This coffee is a pulp-natural processed coffee, a method of processing coffee that involves the removal of the skin from the coffee but instead of fermenting and removing the mucilage (as usually done so in a washed process coffee), the coffee is dried with the mucilage (all or some) attached to the parchment layer. Generally, pulp natural coffees tend to add more body to the cup profile. This is our first attempt of using a pulp natural processed coffee in our espresso blend. We feel it adds an interesting dimension to the cup profile, giving it a little more “oomph” in body and complexity. When you have a sip of the Four Chair espresso, expect hints of dark cherries, dried fruits and hazelnuts. It is a cup with a rounded acidity, pleasing sweetness and a gentle mouthfeel. Look out for the black tea finish that lingers for quite a while.
Swing by Nylon to try our new Four Chairs or grab a bag home to pull some shots now. The retail price for a 300g bag is $18.50.