Citrus Fruity, Coffees, Dark, Espresso, Sweet, Urban City
A complex, smooth-bodied blend with honey, apricot, and apple notes
12 oz Whole Bean
Tasting Notes: A complex, smooth-bodied blend with honey, apricot, and apple notes.
Roast Level: Dark
Origins: Uganda, North America, Central America, Africa
Our Sunset Blend
Like the city of Seattle, Sunset comes alive after things get dark. We roast this complex, smooth-bodied blend on the dark side to bring out a little smokiness reminiscent of a fine bourbon. It’s perfect for sipping over a conversation in a dimly-lit gathering place, or over a story we wrote inspired by this blend, a story of the Ladies that Sewed Seattle Back Together.
Complex Ugandan Coffee Shines Through
A complex Ugandan coffee shines in this dark roasted blend. Cooperative coffee farmers in southern Uganda watch shifting patterns of rainfall and drought. They have a department dedicated to climate change, an office with binders full of compiled information. Analytics, spreadsheets, and folders fill the rooms shelves. The Climate Change Department workers collect extensive data on crop performance and try new forms of cultivars to implement more organic practices.
The Kasese Region of Uganda is the gateway to Queen Elizabeth National Park – a bio-diverse grassland of lions, giraffes, and megafauna. Crop trouble in Kassese indicates that other species in the region have an imperiled future. The farmers of Bukonzo Joint in Kassese employ their organic practices as a way to avoid soil degradation and retail all available moisture. They are doing their part to adapt to the shifting patterns of increasingly dry weather. Moreover, their coffee exceeds “mere survival” – its flavor excels with its natural processing and lovely citrus flavors with apricot and apple notes.
We apply a dark roast to the blend to bring out a smokiness to the drink and an extra body to the Bukonzo beans. The farmers of Bukonzo Joint are intently tuned into their surroundings, cultivating a mellow coffee that’s a welcome addition to most any blend. We feel it works especially well with this one. A coffee that beats the odds.
Below are some basic recipes outlining what we found produced the best cup with this coffee, however we encourage each home brewer to experiment and modify these recipes to suite their own tastes.
Aeropress Brewing Guide
The Aeropress and other immersion methods are great for dark roasted coffee. Pour over methods will produce a large bloom due to the amount of C02 trapped in darker roasted coffee. This can make achieving an even and flat bed of grinds for brewing more difficult.
Grind: Finer than table salt, coarser than espresso
Water: 240g 90° C / 194° F
Total Brew Time: 3.5 Minutes
Yieldes appx. 1 cup
Wet the filter in the cap and screw on.
2. Place the aeropress on an empty vessel and fill with 18g of ground coffee.
3. Pour 60g of hot water over the ground coffee. Start the timer and stir or swirl the coffee.
4. After 30 seconds has passed add the rest of the water steadily.
5. Now that the brew time is at 1 min, secure the plunger to the top of the aeropress but do not press down yet. Wait 2 minutes for the coffee to brew.
6. Press down once the timer reaches 3:00. Stop pressing down once you hear the hissing sound of air.
Espresso Brewing Guide
Discover the Inspiration Behind the Blend
The Ladies that Sewed Seattle Back Together
Like the city of Seattle, Sunset comes alive after things get dark, like the bold and smoky reminiscence of this blend.
Seattle’s Caffeinated History
Much of what makes Seattle’s coffee scene unusual is the willingness of people here to shun the ordinary.