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100% Washed Catuaí from Altos de Erapuca farm in Copan region, Honduras.

The farm is both Rainforest Alliance and Organically certified.

Cup profile: nuts and cream with a hint of citrus. Very balanced and easy to drink.

Score: 83.5

Description

Carefully roasted for use in espresso based drinks Warehouse City Espresso is an adaptable, easy coffee to work with, it is sweet and balanced through milk. Served black it has enough subtle brightness to impress any espresso drinker. The makeup of this coffee changes over time, yet remains true to its purpose, no matter what the context.

Historically, this has been the backbone of our wholesale relationships. Eight out of every ten industry customers that we supply have built their coffee business around this coffee. Warehouse City embodies the idea of the workhorse, a reliable powerhouse that gets the job done, day in, day out. The name harks back to Manchester as the heart of the Industrial Revolution, and the giant warehouses that sprung up during the 19th century. Over the years, Manchester has had a number of nicknames but the origins of Warehouse City are clear to see, dotted around the city, their imposing architecture still shapes the urban landscape. Warehouse City is a fitting name for a coffee roasted in Royal Mill, on the site of Old Mill dating to 1797.

For this Autumn we chose an organic coffee from Honduras, sourced by Falcon Coffees. Fincas de Erapuca is a new farm – its first crop was sold mainly to the U.S. in 2014 – that sits on the slopes of Honduras’ second highest mountain, Erapuca, between 1.300 to 1.360 meters above sea level. The land belong to Carlos Efrain Paz Sevilla, an experienced farmer that recognised the then cattle farm’s potential for producing great coffee in 2008. Carlos planted catuaí on 24 hectares next to 264 hectares of protected rainforest. He believes he must protect the land for future generations and runs the farm in compliance with organic production rules. That is a brave step as most farmers in the country struggle with leaf rust and therefore choose to grow more resistant (yet less complex) varieties such as Cattimor. Carlos also built a house for permanent staff powered by solar energy and trains his pickers to select only the ripest cherries.