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This delicious and approachable coffee comes to them from Antigua in Guatemala, offering up a relaxed milk chocolate sweetness, a toasted hazelnut warmth, and soft, defining hints of key lime pie.
If them were forced to pigeon-hole it, La Soledad would be filed under ‘Coffees that taste quite a lot like coffee’, with its buckets of brown sugar sweetness and a gentle toasty-ness making it exceedingly easy to get along with.
La Soledad is a privately-held farm, owned by Lucia Zelaya and her husband, Rony Asensio. The farm is an 11-hectare carve-out of a much larger estate called Finca Santa Clara, which was established by Lucia’s great-grandfather in 1908 and subdivided between family members in the 1990’s.
Together with the manager of day-to-day operations and a team of twenty-five seasonal pickers, Lucia and Rony pay close attention to all aspects of the coffee’s journey, from shade-tree management through to careful picking of only the ripest cherries.
The result for them is an incredibly clean, elegant, and satisfying coffee which we’re really excited to share with you.
This is their second season buying La Soledad here in Melbourne, though (while working at other companies) we’ve bought coffees from the Zelaya family as far back as 2013.
We’re roasting this coffee on the lighter end of the spectrum — what them call ‘filter coffee’ — to accentuate the sweetness and warmth that drew them to it. This means it’s best for brewing on pour over, plunger, batch brew, AeroPress, (or similar).$21.00$21.00
Simple Lines is their evolving espresso blend—straightforward in approach, clean and balanced. While the coffees that go into it change with the seasons, the result is endlessly satisfying.
So, what should you expect? Look for a broad flavour profile of cherry, vanilla, and almond torte. A rich, sweet, and balanced cup. A little brightness and subtle fruit character, with lots of dense, jammy sweetness to prop it up. A satisfying weightiness to the body, with sparkling clarity and finish.
Few things capture the personality of a coffee company as neatly as its approach to a signature espresso blend and with Simple Lines, we’re no different. Beautiful in its simplicity, this espresso is a showcase of two stellar coffees, combining harmoniously, roasted to be delicately balanced and endlessly satisfying.
Just simple lines, intertwining.
Good for home espresso machines and those who prefer a darker filter roast.$16.00$16.00