WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST COFFEE MEMORIES?
Allie & Lennie is an homage to my Grandmothers and is roast profiled to evoke all my early coffee experiences. Visiting them in small-town Saskatchewan, I can still remember the smell of their coffee mugs on the table. With generous portions of milk and sugar in the cups and served with an ever-changing bounty of baked goods like saskatoon pie, vanilla shortbread, or plum dumplings, this espresso roast is designed to embody the perfect combination of all these warm sensory memories.
Allie & Lennie rotates with fresh harvests from our producer network but will always tell stories of my grandmother’s kitchens. It showcases those crops that taste like the pies, cookies, and treats that I will forever associate with a cup of coffee.
Ana and Lucio Veloso are third generation producers in the Cerrado Mineiro Region. Their Grandfather was one of the first to plant coffee in the area back in the Seventies. Together they now run the São Luiz Estate, which works as a production hub for several connected farms. This particular lot is a pulped natural from the beautiful Santa Cecilia. The farm spans nearly 1,270 hectares and dedicates two-thirds to coffee with the remainder guarded as protected forests and reservoirs.
This is our third harvest from the wonderful São Luiz and the third time partnering with the importer Aequitas. Run by Yuki Minami, the group's mandate is to "foster equitable and transparent relationships by enabling connections between producers and roasters". As Yuki states, "Aequitas is Latin for equity. But she was also a goddess that meant justice, transparency and fairness. And this is what I wanted to do, I wanted to promote a fair trade for producers”.
I think Allie & Lennie would both love this beautiful crop. It opens with a creamy sweet nuttiness that lands somewhere between peanut butter and brittle. There is a wave of chocolate that helps balance out the intricate but light malic acidity. The sweetness is the star with a syrupy cooked apple profile. The finish is long and full of caramel and toffee notes. It like a tray of baked goods jammed into the cup.