Red Blend 5: Red Balloon 2018

Summary

Bean name Red Blend 5: Red Balloon 2018
Other info Blend - see description for bean content

Description

Red Balloon is the newest version of our Red blend.

As time moves on and the seasons change, coffees come and go – so we need to update our blends. We always do our best to create our blends with coffees that we know aren't going to run out super soon, but obviously all good things eventually have to come to an end.

While the name and components may change, the flavour profile lives on. Our red blend focuses on balance, sweetness and clarity, while also being easy to work with and super forgiving.

Interested in the blend name timeline? In ye olden days there was 'Jailbreak', and then we changed that to 'Red Giant' when it became the first of our new Red blend series.

After that it turned into 'Sunset' then 'Merlot' then 'Red Rum', and now here we are with the newest version: 'Red Balloon'. It may sound like a lot of changes, but that's going back a long way – our aim is to have each blend last for around about four months. It's the same delicious profile, just with a different name and different component coffees.

40% El Salvador Finca La Ilusion Washed Bourbon
40% Brazil Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama Pulped Natural Yellow Bourbon
20% El Salvador Finca San José Washed Red Bourbon

In the cup you get a dark chocolate Kit Kat, with a little shoulder of hazelnut creeping in. It takes a shift in the aftertaste as that dark chocolate turns into a chocolate cherry truffle.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Dark chocolate Kit Kat, hazelnut, cherry truffle.

Roasting Information:
Medium dark - through first crack, steady through the gap and then drop it just as you reach the start of second crack.

Brew Recipe Recommendation:
Dose: 19g
Yield: 38g
Time: 30-32 seconds

Blend Evolution:
Jailbreak
Red Giant
Sunset
Merlot
Red Rum
Red Balloon

Cupping notes

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