Our Dark Tower is a balanced blend of two beans from the East and the West with an incredible depth of flavor. We created this delicious blend with the help of a Good Food award-winning coffee roaster, who showed us how to enhance our beans by dark roasting and smoking them.
Brew yourself a fresh cup of Tower and pull up a chair as we dive into what makes Dark Tower worth savoring.
The Minas Gerais region of Brazil is well-known for producing some of the highest-quality coffee. It has some of the highest mountains in the country and mild climate year-round, which is perfect for cultivating coffee.
Fazenda Dutra has an estate of nearly 2,500 acres with 10 distinct farms growing organic beans of various varieties — Aromosa, Catigua, Catuai, Geisha, and Mundo Novo. The beans are harvested by hand by more than 600 seasonal workers. They’re then pulped naturally (honey process) and dried in the sun on patios and elevated tables.
Fazenda Dutra’s depulpers run on solar power, and the mechanical dryers are next on the agenda for clean energy conversion. The estate also boasts nearly 750 acres of native forest to protect water sources and create natural barriers to protect the coffee trees from wind and erosion.
Coffee in the Aceh highlands is grown among the lush, tropical forest. The fields are flush with coffee plants, fruit trees, and vegetables. The long growing season produces coffee ten months out of the year. Coffee varieties cultivated in the highlands are Tim Tim and Cantimor.
Gayo Mandiri is a family-operated exporter that works with local cooperatives, operates a central dry mill, and promotes a relationship-based sales model with their buyers. Every village in the cooperative has a collector (or more) who receives fresh-picked coffee cherries for washed processing each day.
Once a batch of coffee has been de-pulped, washed, and sun-dried, collectors deliver the batch to the cooperative’s central mill. At the mill, the coffee is mechanically wet-hulled, leaving behind just the soft, high-moisture coffee bean, and then spread out on large patios to continue drying.
Dark Tower is a coffee unlike any other that we’ve created. After months of experimenting with the right ratio of two beans from opposite sides of the world, we’ve found the perfectly balanced flavor between our Brazilian and Sumatran coffee.
Each batch is slowly roasted to bring out the flavors. Once they’ve hit the first crack, we monitor them closely to ensure they’re dark roasted — but not overly dark. And we add smoke near the end of the roasting process so that it has a richness that you can’t get from any other bean. Dark Tower delights your senses with flavor notes that include vanilla, pecan, and smoke.