Lion’s Roar’ is our second lot of specialty grade single farmer ROBUSTA. It’s produced by Stephan Katongole on his family farm in Sembabule, Uganda. Stephan is very passionate about the quality of his coffees and about the principles of direct trade, hence the name of his business: coffeeyouknow. The coffee he produces has a very clean, earthy and chocolaty vibe to it with hints of fruit, just enough to make a very exciting full bodied and spicy Espresso.
Robusta is a different species of coffee from the more widely known Arabica. The vast majority of Robusta is low quality coffee that gets processed into instant coffee. In recent years though, there has been a slow but growing move towards producing higher quality specialty grade (or 'Fine') Robusta. In terms of the flavour in the cup Robusta usually produces a less complex, less acidic and less fruity cup. Bad Robusta usually makes for a bitter, burnt and rubbery cup of coffee. However, if done right it can be quite a different story. Stephan’s coffee is definitely the proof of that. It is a brilliant example for this new world of Fine Robustas. With this pure Robusta for Espresso you get all the notes that we love about a proper traditional Italian Espresso - the chocolate, the depth, the body, the spicy earthiness - without the more unpleasant aspects of bitterness, astringency and burnt flavours. If you love Espresso, this one is for you!
100% ROBUSTA, medium roast
Region: Sembabule District
Altitude: 1250 masl
Producer: Stephan Katongole
Process: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate, Green Apple, S’mores
Recommended for: Espresso, Stove Top Pot