Hacienda La Esmeralda
12.06.2009Klaus Thomsen

Yesterday we launched the Esmeralda Special. For the first time in Denmark. And a LOT of people showed up. Thanks to everyone who came out in the pouring rain to celebrate this spectacular coffee with us. It’s definitely confirmed for us that the Danes are ready for this kind of asthonishing coffees!

The Esmeralda Special is now available in our stores and webshop.

For the launch we decided to present this coffee in several different ways, but not as any form of espresso. We feel the Esmeralda comes out best in other brew methods – and we feel that there is too much focus on espresso in specialty coffee in general. So, we presented it as Aeropress, French Press, in cupping session and as a cold drink.

The cold drink – which Liv and Linus is serving below – was french pressed Esmeralda that had been filtered through a paper cone filter, then sweetened with a little bit of cane sugar before being cooled down slowly. It was served in champagne glasses with a bit of sparkling water added just before serving. The soda released a lot of aromas and it was just enough that it didn’t get bitter. It was really tasty and the honey aromas were incredible.

Peter guided through several cupping session, where it was also possible to smell the primary aromas as the actual ingredients (apricotsjasmine teaheather honey and bergamot oil). This was really interesting for us, because people differed in what they picked out, but all the ingredients were found by a lot. We had first a popular supermarket coffee next to our most popular coffee, Finca Vista Hermosa from Guatemala. Then we had a washed coffee from Boquete, Panama next to Hacienda Esmeralda, which is from the same area.

Peter guiding the cupping.

Together with GoFood we did a small bite of food & coffee pairing. Andy had created a blinis with apricot, buffalo mosserela, dild and a jasmine caramel flake on top. It was super-delicious and went extremely well with the coffee.

Small Bites.

The most incredible part for us was how many people showed up and that they were standing in line out the door.

Line out the door!

Outside we had put up tents, where French Presses of the Esmeralda was presented.

Tents in the rain.

Casper spend the entire evening Aeropressing like crazy. (Un)fortunately there were constantly so many people surrounding him that we didn’t get a single picture of it ourselves. We’ll link when we find some.

Meanwhile all the rest of the pictures from the event is up on Flickr

Thanks to everyone who showed up (especially our baristas) that helped make this a great event!

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