Our Flagship espresso “Illuminator” first made an appearance in 2007.
Except for a brief break at the beginning of this year when I was not happy with the flavor profiles of the coffees we had relied on for years, I have made changes to the blend in light of how climate change has altered the coffee landscape.
Drought, intense heat, flooding etc. have all contributed to altering the flavor profiles from crop to crop – of coffees that we as coffee professionals have become so familiar with.
Illuminator has evolved by necessity, from a consistent flavor profile to a varied one.
Currently there is a touch of mild sweet citrus in the finish which I am enjoying. I have been blending/roasting/cupping and deconstructing “Illuminator” this week to see where it leads me.