Ok, it's not true. Maragogype is not really pronounced "Elephant Bean." That's just silly speak. The Maragogype is a coffee bean variety that is essentially a mutation causing it to be monstrous in size -- I mean, like, Elephant sized. They are comically large. But, guess what else. The plants that produce this variety are quite low yielding. Just look at the size of this here variety before it was roasted in comparison to a regular lil bean.
You get the idea. What about taste, you ask? Well, let's be honest. One could buy up a lot of green Maragogype beans and then do them a large disservice through poor roasting, and unfortunately, a quick internet search suggests this happens all too often. Luckily, Phil and Seb know what's up and they have roasted these biggies just right. It helps that this particular lot was processed naturally. If you didn't know, there are many ways to process the coffee cherry and the "natural process" usually results in a more fruity taste than if they were "washed." Whoa whoa whoa. Let's slow this up. We aren't talking about processing methods here. I will leave you curious about that for future posts. For now, just know that the Maragogype varietal tends to be rather "fruit-forward" in the first place, so a natural processed Maragogype is like visiting Willie Wonka's factory, but instead of scary little orange faced dudes chanting their punishments at you, it's just coffee and chocolate and picnics and everlasting gobstoppers. And no weird TV zapper thing that transports your phsycial body bit by bit to another realm ---- THOUGH, this coffee is good enough to transport you to another realm. Transcendence!
Why am I writing this? Because for this week, and possibly some of next week, we have this coffee on the shelves -- but not very much of it because it's rare. The Hartmann family from Panama grow a bit of it on their farm, and P&S have a pretty tight relationship with the Hartmann family. You should probably read about them at P&S's website, but note, this coffee isn't even listed on their shopping page because it's sold out there. You'll have to click that link.
At first I thought, "why in the world would they write 'Tobacco'" in the description -- do I want to drink an ashtray? Nope! But, it actually says "Fresh Tobacco" which is pretty much spot on and pretty damn tasty. Smokers and non-Smokers rejoice!
Tasting Notes: Apricot and Mango Jam / Fresh Tobacco / Tamarind
That's a pretty great description of a pretty great coffee. I will say no more.
If you want to get your tiny hands on these large beans we'll have them on the shelf Thursday afternoon (sometime after our shipment arrives which remains slightly ambiguous), but I doubt they'll last long. It's a race!
$21 - very limited quantities