Autumn the Fourth
A limited-edition starter culture coffee with flavours of apple fizz, frangipane and strawberry!
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The nuts and bolts
Light & Fruity
Mexico Huatusco, Veracruz
Colombia, Costa Rica, Marsellesa
1200 - 1400 metres above sea level
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Put a spring in your step with the freshness of strawberry and apple fizz. Team this with frangipane-like notes of almond (plus little tickles of chocolate), and you’ve got a bright coffee for your cup!
How to Brew
While this coffee tastes awesome in every device, our favourites are a filter, Chemex or cafetiere.
Head over to our brew guides for making coffee for more.
Here at Two Chimps Coffee, we source from small farms, cooperatives and estates. We’re proud to source seasonally – this means lots of fresh coffee and an ever-changing selection! Our main coffees change every 8-12 months, while our limited edition coffees change more frequently (most likely every 3-4 months).
What sets our limited editions apart? They are that little bit more interesting and diverse, and will not necessarily follow a pattern of characteristics. If you are looking to try captivating new coffees every few months, then our limited editions are for you! Dive in!
Behind the Scenes
We sourced this crazily delicious microlot coffee from the Sampieri and Zilli family farms in Huatusco de Chicuellar. This central highlands city is located in Veracruz in eastern Mexico. Fun fact: Veracruz is where farmers first planted coffee when it came to Mexico from the Caribbean! Coffee growing is a major part of the culture here. Visit at the end of the harvest and you’ll find locals celebrating La Viuda Del Café, or the ‘Coffee’s Widow’ festival. This festival gets its name from the lonely coffee plants after the harvest. They’re said to be in mourning until ‘courted’ again next year. Bless em’!
This limited-edition coffee is extra special. Why? Because its washed processing involved a starter culture. Generally, the complex coffee fermentation process only uses compounds already in the coffee. In this lot, however, the processing team added a specifically created starter culture to the fermentation tank, and made the fermentation time two-to-three times longer than usual. The cool combo of starter culture and extended fermentation brings out valuable volatiles (alcohols, esters and the like) and enhances the fruity sweetness of the coffee. Gives one bangin’ aroma, too!
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. This snazzy new method increased the SCA cup score by almost 3 points! And that’s BIG news!
What does the score mean?
Every coffee has a score. If it’s below 80 points, the coffee is commodity. If it’s super-delicious, free from defects and scored 80 points or above, it’s speciality coffee!
Speciality coffee is better all round: acidity, balance, mouthfeel, aroma… Speciality coffee ticks all the boxes!
But, watch out. Don’t choose your coffee based purely on the score! A higher score might denote a more experimental coffee, or one with a very interesting lemony flavour, for example. This doesn’t mean you’ll like the flavour more than one that scored a little lower. Go with your gut – you know what you enjoy most!
Our awesome TC coffees all sit in the scrummy 80-90 region. We tend not to go for anything in the high 90s, as scores this high sometimes indicate an exceptionally rare coffee rather than one we think you’ll love! We always keep your cup in mind when selecting our coffee range!
If you’d like to read more about cupping or fancy trying it at home, check out our guide on coffee cupping like a pro.
Every coffee that comes through the Two Chimps doors is different. They all have their own characteristics: some are chocolatey, some are more acidic, some are fruity… The coffee farmers work hard to produce these stellar beans, and we want to complement their awesome green beans when we roast.
We always roast with the beans’ natural flavours in mind. We never over-roast any coffee (so you won’t get the burnt bitterness you sometimes get with instant granules). Instead, we keep our roasts light to showcase all the gorgeous flavours in these high-quality beans. No over-roasting at Two Chimps Coffee – only smooth and sweet coffees here!
Why buy speciality coffee from us?
When you buy speciality coffee from us, you support workers and farmers in your coffee’s country of origin.
We make sure that we pay between 30 and 150% more for our speciality coffee than the going rate for commodity coffee. This ensures the farmers are paid more for their crop and, therefore, have the opportunity to invest in better living conditions and more resources. The result? Better harvests, year on year.
We like to keep the supply chain as short as possible when sourcing. A shorter chain means more money will make it back to the farm.
So from all of us at Two Chimps Coffee, thank you! Thank you for helping us make a difference.
Where does the name come from?
Felix was the third chimp, so Andy and Laura’s new baby (congrats, guys!), is the fourth.
Welcome to the world, Autumn! 😊 Or, should we say, Autumn the Fourth! 👑