Shipping Container Season

Many people have a favourite time of year – perhaps it’s the beautiful oranges and reds of crunchy leaves in autumn, or seeing the first bluebells of spring, but for me 1 of the most magical times of year is right about now -> shipping container season! No I don’t head down to Felixstowe and watch big ships unloading (although I am partial to an episode of Mighty Ships if I see it’s on the TV!) I’m talking about when my containers of fresh crop coffees really start to roll in right about now : D

As you might have seen on social media recently we’ve had a bit of an influx of coffees from Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador and Costa Rica + have more on the way from other parts of the world too – EXCITING! This arrival of many, many coffees means lots of work for us here in Stafford from offloading all the bags by hand (thankfully only for the 2 that arrived not on pallets!) to getting them onto the website for you to enjoy.

We’re working hard to get them to you as soon as we can and the first wave of new coffees has already gone live, with more from El Salvador and Kenya due to appear over the next few days too. Here’s a quick update on the new coffees that have gone from HGV to website so far this shipping container season…

ARBAR Finca Manantial Red Honey
Lourdes de Naranjo, Western Valley, Costa Rica
Melon, lime, lemongrass
In the cup expect to be refreshed. It kicks off with honeydew melon and watermelon, with a squeeze of lime juice over the top. Throw into that a shoulder of pomegranate and an elbow of lemongrass before it gets to a sweet fruit finish and aftertaste. Super complex and delicious.
£8.00 for 250g, £30.40 for 1kg

Vista al Valle Finca La Casa Yellow Honey
Naranjo de Alajuela, Western Valley, Costa Rice
Lime cordial, malt, sultana
In the cup expect lime cordial, but with a malty sweetness. That malty sweetness grows as it cools and brings a dried fruit flavour to the finish that reminds me of sultanas.
£7.50 for 250g, £28.50 for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Ethiosar
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Orange, mango, brown sugar
In the cup expect oranges mashed up with some almost overripe mangos. Add a sprinkle of brown sugar to it all and you’re done – a gloopy, zingy fruit juice medley.
£7.50 for 250g, £28.50 for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Funky Natural Red Pacamara
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Morello cherry, yoghurt, funky!
In the cup expect an up front dose of sour Morello cherries. It’s in your face all the way through to the aftertaste, but there’s also a creamy, yoghurt like body and sweetness that comes in to balance it all out.
£8.50 for 250g, £32.30 for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Elegant Natural Red Pacamara
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Dark chocolate, cherry, liqueur
In the cup, think of a Mon Cherie. There’s the dark chocolate, the hint of liqueur and then a tart Cherry that sweeps over you.
£8.50 for 250g, £32.30​ for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Pulped Natural Red Pacamara
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Tropical fruit, yoghurt, cherry cola
In the cup expect a tropical fruit medley with a big dollop of yoghurt. It’s sweet and gloopy, but there’s a little Cherry Cola kick on the finish that makes this complex and interesting.
£8.00 for 250g, £30.40 for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Natural Ethiosar
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Dates, bruised plums, green apple
In the cup expect bruised plums and dates, all sprinkled with some golden sugar. It’s rich and sweet, but there’s a delicate Green Apple acidity there which balances it all out.
£8.00 for 250g, £30.40 for 1kg

Finca Limoncillo Washed Ethiosar
Matagalpa, Yasica Norte, Nicaragua
Green apple, single cream, black pepper
In the cup there’s green apple backed up by a single cream type sweetness and texture. Hints of black pepper and tinned strawberries mingle in the finish.
£6.50 for 250g, £24.70 for 1kg

In case you didn’t see them on Instagram and/or Facebook a) why aren’t you following me? And b) here are some pictures of when our container from Guatemala Finca San Patricio El Limón arrived : )

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