"EPIC ESPRESSO IS THE CULMINATION OF OUR SEARCH FOR THE SWEETEST AND MOST COMPLEX ESPRESSO WE CAN CREATE. WE WORK EVERYDAY TO IMPROVE IT - ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BALANCE OF SWEETNESS AND ACIDITY."
- 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
Every single time you come into our shop and order an espresso based beverage by saying something simple like "I'll have a cappuccino please," and nothing more than that, you are drinking 49th Parallel's Epic Espresso. No!!! You are drinking years of hard work and research, blood, sweat, and tears. Wait, no, not the tears, that's gross. Epic is a blended coffee (much of the time), that is always roasted according to the espresso philosophy outlined in the quote above.
It wouldn't be fair to call Epic Espresso a "roast" or a "blend" really, because those variables change seasonally as the varying composition of the roast and blend are in constant flux. Perhaps if we asked 49th they'd say it is more of a project. That said, the end goal and the result are often the same -- sweet, complex and damn fine espresso that tastes great on its own or in a milky concoction of your choosing.
The components of Epic Espresso change seasonally and we are in the midst of a shift RIGHT NOW!!! You better Belieb dat! If you rush into the shop immediately, you might catch the last bit of the Epic that has been pouring for the last 4 or 5 months. It is comprised of one coffee with a rather familiar name -- Bulga. Why familiar, you ask? Lemme tell you -- because it's on the shelf and roasted for your filter coffee brew method of choice! It's delicious as a filter coffee and it has been so sweet to us as an Espresso. Yum! Is it single origin espresso, you ask? Well, sort of. Most of the time single origin espressos are roasted in a way that profiles the particular bean, lot, and region etc. Epic keeps it's goals the same, and if finding that God Shot means blending beans together, or focusing on a single lot from one harvest ... do it! The goal, again, is to find something Sweet and Complex! So ... we are transitioning from the Epic Espresso that is comprised of the Ethiopia Bulga, to another harvest from Ethiopia known as the Gelana Abaya. We haven't tried it yet, but we are always pretty excited to try a new edition of Epic. Can you guess what happens then?!? Then you come in the shop just after we dialled it in and see us all bouncing around like pinballs in your favourite pinball machine. Sorry in advance.
Come in, try the new Espresso! Hell, if you come in this week (May 4th-May 11th) and can name the Ethiopian component to this iteration of Epic Espresso, we will pull a shot for you on the house!