We've not yet had a hard frost in Cedar Falls, Iowa (maybe tonight), but don't let that fool you. The holidays are fast approaching, and here at Sidecar Coffee Roasters we're ready for it.
The Sidecar Holiday Blend combines three of the years' most beloved coffees, roasted independently, then blended so that each coffee retains its own special character. This year, the coffees selected are three of my all time favorites.
The first is a heavy bodied, cocoa-y direct trade El Salvador. It's roasted a little darker to bring out body and chocolate notes (but not the bitterness of very dark roasts). The second is a sweet, bright and totally balanced direct trade Guatemala. I love this lightly roasted coffee for its citrus notes and clean finish. Finally, an amazing natural processed Ethiopia Yirg. This coffee is sweet and clean, with huge blueberry flavors.
The result of blending these three coffees together is a little chocolate, a little citrus and a little fruit. My goal was to create a blend you'd be proud to give to anyone on your gift list (yourself included, you deserve it). It should be smooth enough to drink all day and totally satisfying with a piece of pie after a big meal.
The 2016 Sidecar Holiday Blend is available for a limited time with several options for ordering (including with a personalized holiday message on the label). Enjoy!