Trieste, Italy-based coffee giant illycaffe has introduced single-origin arabica coffees. The company has traditionally offered a signature blend of nine beans.
Each MonoArabica variety is available at retail locations, including Sur La Table, Williams-Sonoma and Whole Foods, and on illy’s website as whole bean coffee.
“The idea behind MonoArabica is really twofold. First, we wanted to deliver a superior taste experience, entirely consistent with our company’s quality-driven mission — or, as we say, single origin as only illy can do,” said Andrea Illy, chairman and CEO of illycaffe S.p.A. “Furthermore, MonoArabica by its very nature is an opportunity to educate illy fans and newcomers on the very building blocks of our signature blend, which is enjoyed more than six million times every day around the world.”
Here’s a description from illycaffe of each of the three beans:
— MonoArabica Brazil: intense and full-bodied. Located in Brazil’s lush state of Minas Gerais, the Cerrado Mineiro plateau is a tropical savanna known for its rich biodiversity — the ideal start for this complex Arabica coffee. Here, an enchanting landscape characterized by a tropical climate’s well-defined wet and dry seasons gives rise to MonoArabica Brazil’s intense aromas and full body, and provides an underlying note of decadent, dark chocolate.
— MonoArabica Guatemala: complex and medium bodied. Nothing else on earth compares to the conditions in Guatemala’s remote Huehuetenango Mountains, rising 6,500 feet above sea level, where warm winds from Mexico neutralize the high altitude and cultivate ideal growing conditions, in the shade of the Maya forest. The rare combination of altitude, warmth and shade conspire to produce coffee with a remarkably balanced sweetness. MonoArabica Guatemala is a medium-bodied surprise, offering a range of tastes and aromas spanning chocolate, caramel, honey and citrus.
— MonoArabica Ethiopia: delicate and aromatic. Legend has it that coffee’s reputation as fuel for the human mind has its origins in Ethiopia, perhaps the first place on earth where coffee grew spontaneously. Deep in the tropical forests, this coffee is shade grown and harvested by hand in the storied Yirgacheffe region, borne of rich, fertile soil. It all combines to produce Arabica coffee medium-bodied and kissed by gentle notes of jasmine, citrus and other bright-tasting fruits, delighting with a delicate, seductive taste.