Fresh crop African coffees are here.
As things ramp up here at Climpson and Sons and the new year begins to hit its stride, we're happy to announce the new coffees that will be appearing on shelves and in the webshop over the next couple of weeks. The start of the year is always an exciting time in the world of specialty coffee, as we start to receive shipments from many of our favourite coffee growing regions in Africa. As these begin to arrive in February and March, we will be introducing three incredible new coffees into our singles range.
Regular customers may recall that in 2015 we were lucky enough to have two outstanding coffees from Buziraguhindwa in Burundi, both from the surroundings of the nearby washing station. In 2016 we went picked a great coffee, from producer Salume Ramadahn, this time featuring beans from the micro-region of Nyabihanga. In 2017 we've again returned to this unique and still relatively unknown part of the world and have come back with the Kibingo from the Kayanza region in the north of the country. A fantastically dynamic washed red bourbon, this coffee explodes with notes of cranberry, sweet toffee and cocoa, and is sure to be a standout for filter brewing options.
At the same time, we'll also be introducing the Ilomba #19, a velvety, almost tea-like coffee from Tanzania. Again this is not the first time we have worked with coffee from this region, and many customers may remember the Tweega AA from years previous. This year's find was harvested in the Mbeya region, in the southwest of Tanzania. Coffee growing has a long and rich history in this part of East Africa, and presently over 75% of the country's coffee exports are Arabica, grown in most of the high altitude regions. This particular bean is a yet another side of the region's promise, and again we're excited about its potential for filter and espresso brewing.
We also have an incredible treat coming up in the form of an elusive Geisha from Colombia. The Geisha varietal, of course, has long been the stuff of legend (read more about the Geisha varietal here). Originally thought to have come from Ethiopia, it made its way to Panama before appearing in farms elsewhere in Central and South America. The Cerro Azul, from the Cauca Valley, comes to us via our friends Granja La Esperanza and import partners D.R Wakefield, and will be appearing prominently at our stand during the London Coffee Festival this April. It's also been chosen by our head barista Stacey Barber as her competition coffee in this year's Brewer's Cup competition. Geisha's are renowned for their profiles which commonly feature heavy floral and tropical fruit notes. The Cerro Azul is no exception and looks set to be an early contender for single origin highlight of the year.
After putting our heads down over the winter break, Climpsons is now working on a host of new and exciting initiatives for 2017, which we'll start releasing more information about in the coming months. For now, keep your eyes peeled for these new coffees in our flagship cafe on Broadway Market and via the webshop.