Shrunken Head Fairtrade/ Organic Coffee

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A secret arabica varietal blend of South American coffees. Each batch is carefully blended to produce a near- perfect combination of taste and body. The resulting cup has a nice subtle aroma, well-rounded flavour, and smooth finish. A known favorite for headhunters alike.

Cupping Notes: Bittersweet chocolate, hibiscus, black currant, jasmine, honeysuckle.

Barista Notes: This medium-dark roast coffee offers a superb complement to milk and is, therefore, one of the best choices for making lattes. 

Chef Notes:  An excellent medium-dark roast coffee that provides a bolder flavor, making it ideal for the best bbq seasoning recipes or chicken, pork & steak rubs.

Shrunken Head Overview 

Home to the ancient cities of the Mayas and the Inca, Honduras and Peru are some of the top players in the coffee exportation game. Peru is world famous for its organic coffees, and Honduran coffee is globally renowned for its full-bodied sweetness and mild nature. Combining these two premier beans with the produce of several mysterious Central American countries has yielded a blend that is perfect for mixing with milk to make lattes or cappuccinos.

South America itself is an incredibly diverse region with several different geographic and climatic zones, from mountainous jungle to coastal plains, and the wide variety of climates, soils, and altitudes have yielded a number of different flavors, aromas, and aftertastes, from chocolate to citrus to vanilla to nuts. We’ve taken the time to sift through the wide variety of coffees produced by this unique region, and selected those which would facilitate the best aroma, flavor, and finish.

Coffee has been combined with milk for ages, and the two of them (separately or together) have been staples in European dining since the 18th century. Latte in Italian, Cafe con Leche in Spain, and Cafe au Lait in French, the act of blending coffee and milk together yields a smooth, sweet, and tasty treat that’s been popularized the world over as an after-dinner drink or a snack on the go. It’s a commercial success within the United States have made the coffee-milk combination a household name in all its permutations: iced, blended, hot, and seasoned.

As for headhunting, it’s an ancient practice of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon...an art form, you might say, although probably not one you can practice in your local neighborhood. Shrunken heads were viewed as battle trophies, and assumed to house the soul of the deceased and headless. The art form of curing and shrinking them is an indigenous secret kept from outsiders who dare not impinge on the sacred mystery of this jungle ritual...and while our secret blend does not involve shrinking any heads, it is a well-kept obscurity  that has allowed us to create the perfect blend of taste and body, an excellent roast for mixing with milk.