Here at Square Mile, we like to ensure we have a balanced range of coffees available at any given time. We’re limited a bit by seasonality (we’re unlikely to be able to pick up any Costa Rican coffee in February for example), but we’ll always try and make sure we have a few different origins and flavour profiles on sale.
From time to time though, it can be a thrill to really get under the skin of a coffee producing area, and that’s why we developed the idea of Short Stories. These series allow us to really get to grips with a region and source a group of coffees that, experienced together, tell a story about coffee production in that particular part of the world.
Our latest Short Stories series sees us exploring the Huila region of Colombia – a mountainous, rugged area, famous for its coffee production and its active, Nevado del Huila volcano.
Here we were presented with the opportunity to purchase three lots of coffee that really worked as a Short Stories series.
These coffees are from Rodrigo Figueroa, Miguel Luna and Rodrigo Yandi, and what makes them interesting as a group is the difference in altitude between them – their farms range from 1,600m to 1,900m. This impacts every aspect of their coffee production. Most obviously, the climate changes and cools as you climb, lengthening the time it takes for cherries to ripen, but altitude can also affect farmers in more subtle ways. Infrastructure such as roads, for example, rarely extend all the way to the top of the mountain ridges, so farmers that grow coffee high up can often struggle to move supplies or equipment up to their farms.
All these elements, along with the personalities of the individual farmers, combine to make these three coffees a fantastic way for you to experience the range of coffee that Huila can produce.
The series will be released one at a time, starting with Rodrigo Figueroa on the 4th of May, with the next coffee in the series only released once the previous one has sold out. We expect each lot to last around two weeks, though you can sign up now to receive the whole series as they are released and make sure you don’t miss out on any of these three special coffees.
You can learn more at shortstories.coffee, but also stay tuned to this blog as Anette, our Director of Coffee, will be releasing a blog post at the launch of each coffee, telling the story of her visits to the three farms.
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Short Stories Collection£45.00