ROAST | MEDIUM DARK
ORIGIN | ETHIOPIA | HONDURAS | COLOMBIA
NOTES | RED FRUITS, CHOCOLATE AND BALANCED ACIDITY
The Natural is the firstborn in the B&W coffee family, with its origins going all the way back to the first cafe that we opened. For many in the coffee industry, a natural process coffee was their first step into consuming specialty coffee. It is a great place to start if you want to explore more fruit-forward coffees. The Natural as a product will vary in its components throughout the year. This variation is how we embrace and celebrate the seasonal availability of naturally processed coffees.
In the cup: In "The Natural" category you will see flavors such as red fruits like raspberries, cherries and various dark berries, chocolates, and acidity ranging from balanced to vibrant.
Process | Natural and Washed
Components | Ethiopia (Refisa Washed and Kubi Natural), Honduras (Benjamin Paz), Colombia (Sebastian Ramirez)
Elevation | 1650-2000 masl
Brewing Suggestions For Our Coffee At Home
“How should I brew coffee from Black & White?” We get this question a lot, and we love chatting about how folks can get the most out of the coffees we roast. But, since everybody’s gear setup, water sources, and preferences are different, we haven’t found a great way to post definitive brew guides for specific coffees.
We do have some tips that have seemed to help most folks, though…
First, our coffees do great with a bit of rest. In our cafes, we’ve discovered that things really start to shine at or after 14 days post roast. You certainly don’t have to wait so long, but you’ll notice the cup’s clarity increase over time. Clean, washed coffees tend to need less rest than funkier coffees that feature higher-impact fermentation methods (like naturals, anaerobic naturals, or co-ferments).
For espresso, we start all of our coffees at a 1:2 ratio with a brew time around 24 seconds. This recipe usually works great for year round coffees and single origin coffees with lower impact fermentations. Funky coffees often get the longer ratio treatment (sometimes up to 1:3), but your preferences may lead you elsewhere. We celebrate that!
For filter style coffee, we tend to like hotter (at or above 205F), faster (at or under 3 minutes) brews. Our roasting philosophy focuses on maximizing sweetness and solubility in all our coffees, so you’re probably safe applying your favorite recipe.
If you have more questions, feel free to shoot us a DM or email. We’re always here for curiosity. Oh! And don’t forget–if it tastes good, it is good.
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