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Perhaps our most anticipated release to date, this is a coffee with a big story behind it. It’s been a wonderful journey to be part of so far, and this is just the start of something much bigger than all of us! El Fenix is the name of the farm, washing station, and social enterprise of our friends at Raw Material. As a phoenix rises from the ashes, this coffee is a symbol of renewed hope and investment in the Colombian farming communities that we coffee-drinkers rely on. It represents our ongoing commitment at Ancoats to know each step of our supply chain, to make sure everyone is getting their fair share, and to invest in the future of specialty coffee.

 

We’ve invested a lot of energy perfecting this profile – Pink Bourbon is a relatively new varietal and we wanted to make sure we highlighted its uniqueness. The coffee has the sweet tangy flavour of tamarind fruit and the gentle tartness of syrupy raspberry jam, or cranberry sauce. Medium-bodied, with creamy nutty notes, it reminds us of cashews and pistachios and warm earthy spices like nutmeg. There’s also a gentle florality and herbiness to the coffee, reminiscent of rooibos tea and hibiscus. Overall, it’s sweet, rounded and complex, a truly distinct coffee.

 

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Producer

Local community through El Fenix wet mill

Cup Profile

Tamarind, Raspberry Jam, Cashew

Country

Colombia

Preparation

Sun-dried and then washed

Terroir

Calarcá, Quindío

Genetics

Pink Bourbon

Altitude

1680 m - 1800 m

Cup Score

87

Sourcing

Jack Walshe and Raw Material

Description

Perhaps our most anticipated release to date, this is a coffee with a big story behind it. It’s been a wonderful journey to be part of so far, and this is just the start of something much bigger than all of us! El Fenix is the name of the farm, washing station, and social enterprise of our friends at Raw Material. As a phoenix rises from the ashes, this coffee is a symbol of renewed hope and investment in the Colombian farming communities that we coffee-drinkers rely on. It represents our ongoing commitment at Ancoats to know each step of our supply chain, to make sure everyone is getting their fair share, and to invest in the future of specialty coffee.

 

We’ve invested a lot of energy perfecting this profile – Pink Bourbon is a relatively new varietal and we wanted to make sure we highlighted its uniqueness. The coffee has the sweet tangy flavour of tamarind fruit and the gentle tartness of syrupy raspberry jam, or cranberry sauce. Medium-bodied, with creamy nutty notes, it reminds us of cashews and pistachios and warm earthy spices like nutmeg. There’s also a gentle florality and herbiness to the coffee, reminiscent of rooibos tea and hibiscus. Overall, it’s sweet, rounded and complex, a truly distinct coffee.

 

We got involved with this project back in 2016, when one of our customers, Jack Walshe, made an investment in Raw Material’s Kickstarter campaign to build a new wet mill in the Quindio region of Colombia. Raw Material are a non-profit coffee business and importer, supporting local coffee communities, providing training, resources and working with local coffee-farming communities, with a bottom-up approach to social and financial sustainability.

Jack’s investment also went towards the planting of new coffee trees, of the Pink Bourbon variety. Coffee trees take around three years to produce their first harvest, and a few years more to fully mature. From those very trees we have this wonderful lot of coffee which we have bought from Jack, to release through Ancoats Coffee. It’s been great to receive updates through the years, as we waited for the coffee to arrive here in Manchester. And now that it’s here, we’re more hyped than ever!

Coffee farming in Colombia has become an increasingly unstable income source in recent years, with fluctuating coffee market prices, environmental challenges, and increasing costs for farmers. Raw Material’s goal with the El Fenix Project was to assist farming communities in increasing the value of their product, and sustainability of their practices. This means that their product can be sold for a significantly higher price, through the specialty coffee market. New varietals (like this Pink Bourbon) have been introduced to the region, and the kickstarter-funded community wet mill has added value to the local community, providing top quality coffee processing facilities. Alongside the wet mill, the team have built a cupping lab, an office, drying beds, accommodation for travellers and more.

This ground breaking project is at the forefront of coffee production and one that we are very excited to be a part of.

You can find more information about the El Fenix Project in our latest blog post and for those of you who are really eager, there’s also an interview on our website with Raw Material’s Matt Graylee from a couple years back. Even more details can be found on their website.

Thanks again to Raw Material, to Jack Walshe, and to all the customers who invested in this project alongside us by buying an empty box to be filled in 2020. 

If you’ve bought a box of this coffee in the last few years, now’s your time to redeem your purchase! Get in touch with us by email at orders@ancoats-coffee.co.uk.