My parents live in Arizona, where my dad has a big workshop and is building a boat in the desert. It's something he's always wanted to do, and I think he would enjoy spending most of his time working on it. In the summers, however, he comes here to Swampscott--a town with a rich maritime history--and the boat-building project gets put on hold. I am extremely grateful for the time he is able to spend here with us and particularly with his grandson, who adores him. For this Father's day, I wanted to make my dad something personal and, since it's something we all enjoy, I thought of coffee. My goal was to make a custom blend that reflects my dad's tastes (rich, dark coffee) and also gives a nod to our own history.
To do this, I combined two of my favorites: our Papua New Guinea Kuta AA and our Congo Kawa Maber. Papua New Guinea (PNG) is an island country in the Indonesian Archipelago, while the Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa and is mostly land-locked. I really liked how this land and sea dichotomy mirrors my family's Arizona-to-Swampscott situation. Flavor-wise, the PNG adds a lot of depth and richness to this blend with an almost citrusy flavor. The Congo brings a wonderful toffee aroma and a deep chocolatey finish.
This mix was just too tasty to keep for myself and I want to share it with the rest of you. I call it "Shipwright's Blend" and have designed a special edition label that includes draft artwork of American frigates--reflecting the history of shipbuilding this area is known for. Keep an eye out for limited quantities of this personalized blend available for sale in our store, online and at the upcoming Swampscott HarborFest!