Blind Byard – Colombia
Regions: Inza, Cauca
Varietal: Castillo, Colombia & Caturra
Notes: Sweet mandarin, orange blossom, cane sugar and a caramel finish.
Colombian Specialty Coffee
We have sourced our Colombian specialty coffee from Asorcafe, an association of 290 growers within the Municipality of Inza in Cauca - specifically the high plateau of Macizo Colombiano, 1500-2100 metres above sea level. Not only is this altitude and location perfect for growing fantastic specialty coffee, but Asorcafe provides its producers with a framework to further their education and improve the economic and social conditions for the producers, their families and their community.
Our Colombian specialty coffee contains several washed varietals including caturra, typica, bourbon, tabi, castillo and pink bourbon, all roasted to medium darkness. This mix of beans gives Blind Byard a unique character. Fruity notes of plum and black cherry combine beautifully with a rich dark chocolate undertone and a tamarind and cream finish. The resulting profile makes this Colombian specialty coffee equally as delicious whether used for espresso drinks or percolation or filter methods such as V60 or French press.
Blind Byard Colombian specialty coffee is available in three sizes (250g, 500g or 1kg) and can be purchased as whole beans or ground for Aeropress, cafetiere, espresso, moka pot or V60 to suit your preferred brewing method. To guarantee freshness, all our specialty coffee beans are ground on the day of dispatch and roasted no more than 5 days before an order is placed.
A Fable from North Kesteven, Lincolnshire
Many years ago, when North Kesteven was just a wild and desolate speck of land, there lived a witch known as Old Meg, who was the terror and scourge of all men and beasts that lived there. At the villagers cry, a champion emerged who vowed to rid the district of her for good.
He had the pick of a dozen fine horses on which to ride, but knew his steed had to be quick and alert, so he devised a plan to test their reactions. While the horses drank at the village pond, he tossed a large stone into the water and watched for the quickest to react.
A horse by the name of Blind Byard jumped faster and further than all else. The champion took this as a good omen, because a blind horse would not be scared by the loathsome appearance of Old Meg. He mounted Byard and, armed with his trusty sword, rode to Old Meg’s den and called for her to come forth. She heckled the rider, screeching “I’m busy, I’ll see to you later!”
No sooner had these words been uttered, that the witch jumped from her hiding place and dug her nails deep into Blind Byard’s flanks. The horse reared up in pain and made an almighty leap of some 60 feet, dislodging the hideous hag, who fell to the ground. Seizing his chance, the champion ran her through with his sword and ended her deathly grip on the village, returning a hero. Byard’s leap was so powerful, his hoof prints are still visible today.