The Blueprint

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Roast Level: Light

Origins: Rotating American, African and Indonesian origins

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Yemen became the first country to cultivate the Arabica plants they’d taken from their natural home in Ethiopia. As a integral port of trade for the entire eastern hemisphere, the Yemeni city of Mokka became a hot spot for this new and fascinating delicacy. By the 17oo’s, Coffee cultivation had spread to the islands of Indonesia, where it could be found at the port of Java. These two behemoths of the old world became the namesake for the original coffee “blend”, as traders sought out a way to combine the unique characteristics of each growing region. The rest, as they say, is history.

In the Blueprint, we tried to emulate that ancient tradition. By selecting characteristic African and Indonesian coffees, and blending them post-roast, we can highlight the subtle acidity, earthy sweetness and comforting aroma of our ancient prototype. Finally, a small addition of beans from Arabica’s new world counterparts in South and Central America helps unite these competing traits into one luscious, captivating whole.

The history of the global coffee trade (summarized here in these engrossing graphics from Cafe Imports) is the story of civilization: full of legend, adventure and, unfortunately, the dark and unsettling realities of the colonial age. So, as you sip the Blueprint, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on where this whole thing started – and how far we’ve come.