A Feast of Flavour: Colour and fashion collide with coffee

Friday, 3 September, 2021

The Set Up

Colour is an important part of how we experience the world and we are always trying to come up with ways to inspire you to try new coffees and pay more for quality. We enlisted the help of a fashion professional, Trend Forecaster Lauren Taylor, to represent with a colour palette and texture how a coffee tastes and makes you feel. Coffee is crazy like that. We took 15 coffees roasted by the wonderful Amy Gardiner of Humble Coffee, cupped them and chose our five favourites to bring you these pieces of art. We hope they bring you joy and inspire you to taste your coffee with flair this summer.

Shot on location at Humble Coffee, Durban, South Africa

Art Direction: Lauren Taylor

Coffee Roaster and Brewer: Amy Gardiner

Lighting: Richard Hamman

Coffees supplied by: Sevenoaks Trading (Guatemala, Ethiopia, Nicaragua), Specialty Coffee Exchange (Rwanda)

Origin:  Colombia, Cauca

Producer: Yenny Esperanza, El Paraiso Villa Esperanza

Varietal: Castillo

Process: Washed - Thermal Shock

Aroma: Bergamot, floral, rose

Flavours: Fruit pastilles, soft and chewy gums, ripe passionfruit

Feeling: Playful, bright, joyful. This female producer was the outrageous stand out on the table, we’ll be dreaming of Yenny’s coffee for years to come. Utilising a very experimental and many staged processing method known as Thermal Shock, where beans are subjected to varying temperatures of water to achieve incredible results, the resulting cup of coffee was magical.

Origin: Ethiopia, Gedeb, Yirgacheffe

Producer: Halo Beriti

Varietal: Heirloom

Processing: Washed

Aroma: Green Apples

Flavours: Stewed Blueberry jam, lemon acidity

Feeling: Pure and summery. A coffee you could drink all summer day long. Will shine as a cold brew with sweetness and acidity that sparkle across your tongue.

Origin: Rwanda, Bugoyi

Producer: Emmanuel Rusitira, BAHO Coffee

Varietal:  Red Bourbon

Processing: Natural

Aroma: Raspberry

Flavour: Peaches, peach drinking yoghurt, white chocolate

Feeling: Creamy yet energetic. You can imagine drinking this with soft morning light flooding through your window.

Origin: Nicaragua, Matagalpa

Producer: Rajuanse Estate

Processing: Natural

Aroma: Vanilla and Cigar

Flavour: Fudge, 70% Dark Chocolate, honeycomb

Feeling: Comforting on a cold day, “should be drunk in a log cabin” (direct quote!) Perfect accompaniment to the milk/dairy alternative of your choice.

Origin: Guatemala, Acatenango

Producer: Finca la Hermosa

Varietal: Pacamara

Processing: Natural

Aroma: Toffee, Fresh cut wood

Main Flavour: Caramelised nectarine, caramel

Feeling: Velvety and bold. An unusually fruity Guatemalan, we were highly impressed by the body and nectarine sweetness of this delicious coffee.

Originally published in Issue 34 of The Coffee Magazine, read the full issue here.

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