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5 incredible coffees to enjoy this Christmas

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Whether it's a Christmas morning wake-me-up, or an after dinner pick-me-up, a Christmas coffee should be bursting with fruit notes and indulgent sweetness. Flavours like tangerine, rich chocolate and plum pudding. Whether you're looking for a fruity filter or a chocolatey espresso, We've pulled together some of our favourite African and South American coffees for you to enjoy this Christmas.

Great with milk, great without

STRONG MAN & STRONG WOMAN ESPRESSO – RWANDA

IN THE CUP: BLACKCURRANT JAM, DARK MINT CHOCOLATE, RED WINE

Our Strong People Espresso is from the Kopakaki Dutegure Cooperative in Rwanda. A cooperative producing incredible coffee and championing gender equality throughout its supply chain.

Ripe coffee cherries are picked and sorted by hand before undergoing a double fermentation. This unique process gives the coffee it’s big juicy flavours with the sticky sweetness of blackcurrant jam, rich mint chocolate and dark red fruit notes – think a heady glass of cabernet sauvignon! Enjoy with milk or black.

Even better, £1 per kilo goes towards helping those at risk of homelessness into employment and supporting vulnerable young people from deprived communities.

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Best enjoyed black

DIOS TE DE FILTER – PERU

IN THE CUP: BUTTER CANDY, TOASTED ALMOND & PLUM PUDDING

Dios Te De translates to mean “Gift from God”, particularly apt for the festive period we thought!

The coffee is grown high in the mountains of Northern Peru by smallholders working together in the organic, Sol Y Cafe Cooperative. Once delivered to the mill, the highest scoring coffees from the smallholders are selected for Dios Te De.

This is an easy-going crowd pleaser of a coffee, best enjoyed black and brewed with a cafetiere or pour-over. We love the rich plum-pudding fruit notes and butter-candy sweetness of this coffee.

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MWIRIA AB FILTER – KENYA

IN THE CUP: BLACKBERRY, TANGERINE, BLACK TEA

For those of you with a penchant for a big, juicy Kenyan coffee, Mwiria AB will be an excellent addition to your breakfast table of Christmas morning.

The coffee is grown by smallholders at the base of Mount Kenya where volcanic soils create optimum growing conditions then processed centrally at the Mwiria factory.

A pour-over brewing method, like V60 or Chemex, will bring out the strong fruit notes and sparkling acidity of blackcurrant and tangerine in this exceptional filter coffee.

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VERACRUZ FILTER – COLOMBIA

IN THE CUP: HONEY, PLUM, RED-APPLE

We’ve been working with Veracruz since 2011. This small rural farm is producing some of the most stunning Colombian coffee we’ve ever tasted.

This coffee undergoes a 3 day fermentation which s what causes such great flavour development.

In addition to pioneering processing techniques, the farm pays workers an average of 30% above the minimum wage and provide staff with free housing and scholarship programmes for workers children.

Delicate floral honey, baked plum and crisp red apple make for a balanced, sweet and delicious cup of coffee, best enjoyed black.

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A Christmas decaf

SANTA SOFIA CO2 DECAF – GUATEMALA

IN THE CUP: LEMON MERINGUE & TOASTED HAZELNUT PRALINE

If you’re looking for a Christmas coffee with fantastic flavours but none of the caffeine, this CO2 Decaf from Santa Sofia is a real treat.

Santa Sofia resides in a lesser known part of the Coban region of Guatemala. Here, the persistent rainfall and cool climate do not provide the typical environment for coffee production!

This coffee is decaffeinated using the CO2 method. Water is used to soak the coffee beans, and the liquid CO2 acts as a solvent to trap the soluble caffeine, which is then removed. Most importantly, the wonderful coffee that is left behind is still complex and delicious, and can be enjoyed by everyone, at any time of day.

The resulting coffee has a sticky sweetness of lemon meringue pie and hazelnut praline. Great with milk, great without.

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