WINTER HOARD 2023
What is W I N T E R H O A R D?
As the name might suggest, it is a fruity, ripe juicy cocktail of a coffee blend. During our year, we buy many fantastic coffees. We save some of our favourites that work in a certain way! This year WH is an Omni (from 3 different countries) and works well as a filter or juicy espresso. It is a different year, with different coffees. Winter Hoard 2023 is something quite special. We have tried many combinations of our favourite coffees and profiles and finally, we are happy. Think (alcohol-free) coffee negroni, just better?
Why is it still here?
Winter Hoard is still here because of the expectant buzz from home and professionals, wondering when it will be ready. We really love the process of sourcing for WH and then brewing it a lot over the coming months, into the next January. Yikes.
And as a little extra bit of happiness for you, we have held the prices of WH from last year again.
and links if interested…to a few of our favourite coffees of the season.
Kenya Kii AA
Roast: Medium Filter, very extractable as espresso and works well in milk. Non-dairy milk may be weird with this.
I think WH is a true “One-Roast” this year. There is great soluble (strength even though it is a light roast) and it is everything I love about the hoard in ripeness and sweet acidity.
Espresso: Brew temp 93-94C: Extraction 28+ secs : Espresso ratio: 1-2 Resting is good for this coffee if you can bear it. Being a lighter roast, it is brewable sooner than a more traditional espresso roast.
Filter: 60g a litre and up for a tasty filter.
Roast: Medium Filter
Aromatics: Ripe and fruity, floral, jelly babies Body: Light | Acidity: Ripe-boozy summer fruits, soft citrus.
Well someone had to evaluate and write this up, and it is no sacrifice I must add.
On opening (WH2023) offered a sweet blackcurrant nod of Kenya before the wild complexity of ripe fruits and florals pitched in. The grapefruit finish is a refreshing punctuation amongst the sweetness. On cooling this is like drinking Summer, with strawberry and raspberry fusing with blackcurrant and citrus. There is so much going on, right down to cold, where it ends up being like rum-soaked fruit.
Espresso: Brewing Guide For Winter Hoard 2023.
We set this up on a La Marzocco KB90 and a Mahlkonig E80 GBW. then checked it out with a Niche Zero, which was working nicely on 15.
9oz milk-based drinks. Creamy fruit salad. This shouldn’t work as well as it does.
6oz Milk-based drinks Intensely fruity and just more of everything.
Espresso: Brew temp 93.5C+:
Extraction 25+ secs :
Espresso ratio for milk-based drinks: 1-2 or 16-17g of coffee into about 34-35g of espresso liquid.
Espresso ratio 16-17g of espresso in -45-50g Although this is a relatively light roast, it doesn’t need to be an extra long extraction. Also don’t feel trapped by fashionable videos encouraging you to use 19g of coffee into 32g. It isn’t bad or wrong, it is an opinion. Sometimes worth a try too. I am always looking at ways of making coffee better.
Resting is good for this coffee if you can bear it. Being a lighter roast, it is brewable sooner than a more traditional espresso roast.
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