The Mount Blend was launched in January 2020 to commemorate the move to our new roastery at HMP The Mount in Hemel Hempstead, and the inauguration of our top-line new roaster, ‘Laura’ the Loring S70 Peregrine. A lot has happened since then, but one thing hasn’t changed – our drive to produce top-quality coffees whilst training and rehabilitating prisoners, proving that premium products can come from the most unexpected places.
This is the second version of The Mount, and we have sourced two incredible lots from two different continents which remarkably displayed similar complex and high-quality flavour profiles. The first component is from Los Naranjos, a farm in Urrao, Antioquia, Colombia. The farm is run by Elkin Raúl Urrego, who has produced this lot consisting of both the classic Caturra variety, and Chiroso, which won this year’s Cup of Excellence competition in Colombia – the cup displayed wonderful floral notes like tea-rose, with an intense berry sweetness, and a delicate silky mouthfeel. The second element is sourced from the Boji Washing Station in Kochere, Ethiopia, which services 500 local smallholder producers. Kochere borders the Yirgacheffe region, famous for producing world-class coffees, and the lot we have selected here is no exception – bright lemon acidity, blackcurrants, and raspberries, with some jasmine in there too!