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Square Mile Collaboration Pack – SOLD OUT

£19.00

Recommended for:

  • Aeropress

  • Espresso

  • French Press

  • Pour Over

  • Stove Top

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About

We are delighted to make available 150 of these special edition packs which are now ready for pre-order for dispatch on the 4th and 5th November. Available as whole bean only.

The coffees featured (Finca Margarita and Finca Los Pinos) are both from the Chelazos group of producers in the town of La Palma, Chalatenango in the north of El Salvador. They are beautifully balanced and versatile, working so well both through your espresso machine and on various filter brew methods. They will take well to milk should you want to add some but also have loads of sweetness and character when served without. Maria’s lot delivers notes of cherry and orange with hints of marzipan, while Roberto’s lot is hitting you with notes of orange, pistachio and syrup.

The artwork we used on the label was painted by our dear friend Maria Zoila Pineda for the roastery as a thank you for our investment in her business. The region of La Palma is well known locally for bright and colourful murals which cover roadside buildings and Maria’s work takes inspiration from this whilst capturing the beauty of coffee farms.

Watch a video chat between Holly and Tom as they discuss the project.

Key Stats

Location: Chalatenango, Northern El SalvadorAltitude: 1,400-1,600 metres above sea levelPreparation: Washed Varietal: PacheOwners: Maria Zoila Piñeda and Roberto Landeverde

Details

We’ve collaborated with our old friends at Square Mile in London to bring you something rather special.

Like us, Tom Flawith (Head of Coffee for Square Mile) has been reflecting on his years in the industry to date and pondering how we can collectively make the differences required to safeguard the future of coffee. He reached out to express how much he enjoyed reading about our partnership with Maria Zoila Piñeda and Caravela, and the resulting project we have co-funded, designed to bring about greater resilience to climate change in the years to come.

We have worked with Maria since 2017 and identified the need for this project following a secondary trip we made in 2019 to gauge how we could support our purchases further. You can read more detail about all of this but in short, this trip highlighted the need for better infrastructure on Finca Margarita, (Maria’s farm) that would enable her to access more income for her coffee and further improve quality to safeguard herself from potential losses in yield brought about by climate-change related pests and disease. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, we are so delighted that phase 1 (installation of 6 covered raised drying beds) has been completed with phase 2 (de-pulper and tanks) planned to commence this month.

Tom and I discussed how specialty coffee roasteries could harness their collective desire to bring about change and consider working more collaboratively when sourcing coffee. The immediate action point for Tom was to try and get hold of a lot of coffee from one of the other Chelazos producers to commence what will hopefully be a similar relationship in the years to come.

With the help of our mutual import partners Caravela, Square Mile have managed to secure a lot from Roberto Landeverde and his farm Finca Los Pinos which sits just over 1km away from Finca Margarita. In an effort to build awareness for the importance of these sorts of initiatives, Tom and I decided to release these lots as a collaborative pack where our customers can taste the very best of coffees from this region. In doing so, learning more about the work we have done here – the monumental benefits of which we are only just starting to fully grasp.

We hope you enjoy these amazing coffees!

Hols x

Delivery Details

Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm – just ring the doorbell on arrival. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂

Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered. 

 

 

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