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Holiday Blend: A beautiful brew that can turn any day into a holiday!
If you’re thinking about what to drink when you dive into a nice piece of pecan pie or with a toasted slice of Cranberry Pecan bread for breakfast, this seasonal brew from Zingerman’s Coffee Company could be just the trick.
We’ve been designing and offering an annual Holiday Blend for over a decade now—each year is a bit different to honor what’s best on the “green bean” market and the spirit of that particular season. This year, Steve (our longtime managing partner, and part of that Partners Group consensus), Matthew (a former staff partner), and Chris (our roastmaster) have put together a trio of terrific beans for the blend.
Colombian ASPROBALBOA–From a coop of family farms near Balboa. It brings great high notes with hints of citrus and caramel to the blend.
Brazilian Espresso Blend #1–Sustainably grown, carefully processed, with big, well-rounded flavor.
Costa Rica–From the Hacienda Miramonte. It brings subtle sweetness and a rich, velvety body.
Each bean brings its own distinct flavor, and in the cup they come to a nice consensus on a single great flavor! Steve says, “The collection of coffees is representative of some of the best relationships we have—we know ALL of these producers personally and they are some of the longest standing relationships we have.” It would be safe to say that this year’s Holiday Blend is a beautiful homage to the support they have given us through the years! It’s got a full flavor, and a touch of nice astringency. It reminds me of the dark chocolate from the Dominican Republic that we’re getting from 9th & Larkin. True to the spirit of the 2020 season, it’s a bit darker than last year’s blend, but with notable hints of brightness and subtle floral notes. And, somehow, it seems to leave me feeling a bit more optimistic after I sip it.