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Sugary yet incredibly clean, the fifth installment of our premium Map Series

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Delivery
We offer UK and international shipping Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
Orders usually take between 1-2 days within the UK, but may take up to 3 days to get to you. Orders of espresso machines and grinders may take 2-3 days longer, due to the additional bench testing service we provide. For the full particulars, please see our terms and conditions.
 
Returns
Returned items must be unused and be returned in original packaging with any enclosed documentation and in perfect resalable condition. Once the goods have been received back and checked, as per our terms and conditions, we will issue a full refund or exchange on receipt.
 
For full details on our range of shipping services please click here

Origin

Laos

Process

Natural Carbonic Maceration

Roast

Filter

Tasting Notes

Jelly Babies, Watermelon, Apple Juice

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Map Series #5

Map Series #5

From the Bolaven Plateau of Laos comes the fifth instalment of our Map Series, a selection of unique, premium coffees with a story to tell. Chosen for its complex flavour and unusual origin, Phetlamka offers the distinct cup we’ve come to expect from a Gesha.

Sugary yet incredibly clean, this coffee marries the richness of apple juice with aromatic, sweet notes of lychee and watermelon, bursting with flavour that lingers beyond the final sip.

Laos’s coffee story is complicated, compounded by poverty and conflict. The industry began rebuilding after the Vietnam War, and producers are now turning to premium varietals and experimental processes to improve their livelihoods.

Producers: Phetlamka Estate

Region: Bolaven Plateau, Laos

Varietal: Gesha

Elevation: 1250-1350 MASL

Recommended Brewing: Pourover, Syphon, Cafetière, AeroPress and Drip Machine

Weight: 125g / 500g

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The Map Series so far

The Map Series so far

January 2021 saw the arrival of a new premium coffee range: The Map Series.

Our ambition with this series is to source and offer the most unique premium coffees we can find based on a journey across the globe and present them in a new eye-catching packaging solution that is reflective of the coffee inside.

We have spent considerable time and energy searching for these coffees and each one has an incredible story to tell - often challenging perceived wisdom and current trends.

Buying in small limited quantities we have roasted them with careful consideration to maximise their flavour profile.

Previous Coffees in the Series
Map #1: Doondu SL28, Sundried, Kenya
Map #2: Worka Wuri, Banana Process, Ethiopia
Map #3: Las Margaritas, Geisha, Hybrid Washed, Colombia
Map #4: San Adolfo, Pink Bourbon, Natural Carbonic Maceration, Colombia

The Map Series

  • Description

    From the Bolaven Plateau of Laos comes the fifth instalment of our Map Series, a selection of unique, premium coffees with a story to tell.

    Want to buy 500g or more? You can, but anything over 500g does not come in the bespoke box I'm afraid!

    Please note: This coffee really opens up after 7 days rest. Any earlier and it does not offer the same kind of complexity that it is capable of.

    Tasting notes:

    JELLY BABIES / WATERMELON / APPLE JUICE 

    How you can brew this coffee:
    V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).


    Profile:

    Chosen for its complex flavour and unusual origin, Phetlamka offers the distinct cup we’ve come to expect from a Gesha.

    Sugary yet incredibly clean, this coffee marries the richness of apple juice with aromatic, sweet notes of lychee and watermelon, bursting with flavour that lingers beyond the final sip.

    The Origin: Laos

    Coffee first arrived in Laos in the early 1990s, brought by French colonists - but was largely abandoned at the outbreak of WWII. Following the Vietnam War, the people of Laos began to slowly rebuild the coffee industry, though heavy bombing by American aircraft of the region made this very difficult, and tragically a great number of unexploded ordnances litter the area to this day.

    Planted originally in the cooler northern region of the country, production shifted to the Bolaven Plateau in the south, a climate which boasts high altitudes, rich volcanic soil, with plenty of sunshine and rainfall. In contrast to the mountainous terrain of the north, gentle slopes abound in the south, making it much easier on which to farm.

    Many producers in Laos are making the transition to specialty coffee, investing in more premium varietals and experimental processes. As well as access to cash, this also allows producers and their families better access to education and healthcare, where over 20% of the population of Laos lives under the poverty line.

    The Varietal: Gesha

    The Gesha (or Geisha) varietal is a really interesting one. In the specialty world it has become a byword for excellence, known for producing a very refined and distinctive cup.

    The varietal hails from an Ethiopian village of the same name, but largely flew under the radar until the early 2000s. As a plant, it grows best at high altitudes, produces small yields and is famously delicate - all factors that contribute to its high price and exclusivity.

    For producers, growing a varietal such as this (if done successfully) can bring high rewards. This is why a growing number of producers in countries such as Laos are not only making the transition to farming specialty grade coffee, but investing in rarer varietals and more interesting processes to increase their returns. However, Gesha's are notoriously particular to grow, so great care, attention and knowledge must go into their cultivation.

    Processing: Natural Carbonic Maceration

    This is not the first Natural Carbonic Maceration we've stocked, and there's good reason we keep coming back to it. Considered somewhat experimental, it's a process that actually originates from the wine industry.

    It works by sealing the coffee cherries in airtight tanks, flushed with carbon dioxide to remove any residual oxygen. This results in a slower fermentation, allowing more unusual and complex flavours to develop.


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    Your coffee will be roasted within 1-16 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days). We recommend letting this coffee rest for at least 12 days before using.

  • Coffee details

    Origin: Phetlamka Estate, Bolaven Plateau, Laos

    Varietal: Gesha

    Process: Natural Carbonic Maceration

    Elevation: 1250-1350 MASL

    Weight: 125g

    Roast: Filter

    • This coffee is available as wholesale. If you would like to know more about wholesale supply and pricing, please contact roastery@machina-coffee.co.uk

  • Wholesale

    If you are interested in serving this coffee in your business, please get in touch on either roastery@machina-coffee.co.uk or call us on 0131 656 9565

  • Roasting Schedule

    Your coffee will be roasted within 1-16 days of purchase, with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point at 12-36 days old). We recommend letting this coffee rest for at least 12 days before using, in order to release excess gas which can impact the flavour of your cup.

    If you would like your coffee fresh, please leave a note with your order and we will do our best to accommodate.

  • Delivery & Returns
    Delivery
    We offer UK and international shipping Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays.
    Orders usually take between 1-2 days within the UK, but may take up to 3 days to get to you. Orders of espresso machines and grinders may take 2-3 days longer, due to the additional bench testing service we provide. For the full particulars, please see our terms and conditions.
     
    Returns
    Returned items must be unused and be returned in original packaging with any enclosed documentation and in perfect resalable condition. Once the goods have been received back and checked, as per our terms and conditions, we will issue a full refund or exchange on receipt.
     
    For full details on our range of shipping services please click here
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