Seasonal Espresso: The Golden Bough
The Golden Bough is comprised of three freshly arrived Central American coffees. The primary component comes from Alejandra and Arturo Chacon’s El Angel: La Casa, from the Tarrazú region of Costa Rica. This Villalobos variety coffee is mechanically washed and provides The Golden Bough with a backbone of intense sweetness and a snappy graham cracker finish.
Also from Costa Rica, Osvaldo Gonzalez’s mechanically washed coffee from El Cipres contributes a sparkling, citrus acidity.
Finally, the Hunapú Bourbon from producers on the slopes of the Agua and Acatenango volcanoes in Guatemala delivers a syrupy, stone fruit sweetness.
In concert, these coffees create a beautifully nectar-like espresso, with flavors of apricot, pineapple, plum, and dark honey.
From light comes magic: seed to sprout, and bud to fruit. We would love to share with you the alchemy of these wondrous harvests as a celebration of everything in bloom.
50% El Angel: La Casa —— Tarrazú, Costa Rica
25% El Cipres —— West Valley, Costa Rica
25% Hunapú Bourbon —— Antigua, Guatemala
A Few Words on the 2014 Ritual Coffee Roasters Seasonal Espresso Program & its Imagery:
The symbolism behind the artwork for this year’s seasonal espressos comes from illustrator Jen Kruch’s fascination with Tarot, alchemy, and the occult. In magical practices, the cardinal directions are referred to as the Watchtowers and are evoked during the casting of a circle prior to a magical ritual. Each Watchtower is associated with a Tarot suit (Swords, Coins, Wands, Cups), an element (Air, Earth, Fire, Water), and a phase of the moon (New, Waxing, Full, Waning). The Watchtowers conjure imagery which is based on these simple concepts, yet is rich with symbolism and story. The aim is to be part fairy tale, part magic, and wholly inspired by the seasons and their bounties.
The Golden Bough:
Named after a painting by 18th Century British painter Joseph Mallord William Turner, also known as “the painter of light.” The subject of this painting comes from Virgil’s poem, the Aeneid. The Trojan hero learns he can only enter the Underworld to meet the ghost of his father if he offers the goddess Proserpine a golden bough cut from a sacred tree. In Tarot the spring is aligned with the suit of Coins, which is associated with the element of Earth. Earth-based qualities are usually grounded in reason, but can be stubborn in the face of ambition. The Coins suit focuses heavily on earthly belongings and prosperity through work, business, and trade. It is associated with lunar waxing crescent as the light grows and the days get longer.