Full-bodied, with medium acidity and a lingering finish, Holiday Blend 2020 evokes notes of cocoa, honey, molasses, dates, and citrus rind.
If the approach to finding and refining this year’s blend was not unusual, the setting and mood were. Pandemic living as well as maintenance at the roasting plant moved the process to a private kitchen. A home kitchen does not provide the same efficiencies as our cupping room. A dearth of professional equipment and the necessities of home life slowed the process. During a year when having things to look forward to feels especially important, taking things slowly turned out to be a thing to be embraced warmly. Developing this blend in a domestic setting is itself likely to have influenced the final product; which, with any luck, will inform future blends when their development returns to the roasting plant.