Seasonally Sourced Update
August 8, 2016
Spring of 2016 was an exciting time for us at Balzac’s! Along with opening our new head office and roastery in Ancaster, we also welcomed the return of our seasonal coffee program to our cafés. Hopefully by now many of you have tried the Peruvian Monteverde Amazonas, our first of many offerings in the revamped seasonal coffee lineup. This coffee hails from the Amazonas region in Peru and has tasting notes of citrus fruit, caramel and honey. It’s been a favourite of ours and is still available for a while longer at our cafés and online.
Some of you may be wondering: “How can coffee have tasting notes of citrus fruit, caramel and honey? Surely they must flavour their coffee!” In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, and this is precisely why we decided to rededicate ourselves to the seasonal coffee program. The amazing thing about coffee is that, like wine, the flavour of each cup is directly affected and influenced by the region it is from. This is why from time to time you may see certain coffees referred to as “single origin” coffees, as opposed to a blend like our Balzac’s Blend or Farmer’s Blend. A single origin coffee is simply a coffee hailing from a certain region in the world, like the Amazonas region of Peru or the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. The climate, elevation, terroir, and other factors revolving around each particular region directly affects how that coffee is grown and how that coffee will taste once it reaches your cup. No flavouring, just a lot of tender love and care as the coffee progresses along the chain of custody from farm, to roaster, to cafe.
Finally, a word about the seasonal nature of our seasonal coffee program. It may or may not be a widely known fact that coffee is a crop and is actually the seed of a plant, or rather the pit of a cherry growing on a tree. Typically, each one of these coffee cherries carries two distinct seeds, which once they are picked and processed become what most people know to be a coffee bean. And the very fact that coffee is a crop tells us that it is a seasonal product; depending on the region, coffee can be in season and out of season just like any other crop on Earth. Therefore, the goal of our seasonal coffee program is to showcase great coffees while they are fresh and in season, and to honour the men and women who work so hard to bring us a quality product, one which we are proud to serve to our customers.
It’s been wonderful showcasing the Monteverde Amazonas this spring, and we are excited for the next seasonal coffee which will be coming to the cafés very soon, so stay tuned!Category: Blog, Coffee News
Tags: seasonally sourced, whole bean coffee