Ona Coffee has announced the release of the coffee Matthew Lewin used in his espresso course to win the 2019 Australian Vitasoy Barista Championship.
The semi-washed coffee from La Montanita, Honduras has tasting notes of blood orange, raspberry, plum, and ruby grapefruit.
On first sip, Matthew described the coffee as “medium weight, velvety mouthfeel, vibrant citrus, and medium to long finish”. On second sip he described the espresso tasting notes as “blood orange and red plum”.
La Montanita is located in a micro-climate on the Santa Barbara mountain in Honduras. Ona Coffee says heavy cloud cover and lower temperatures at the farm extend the maturation time of the pacas coffee cherries, producing light and bright flavours such as those found in the coffee.
The coffee placed second at the 2018 instalment of the Project Origin Best of Honduras: Late Harvest auction.
Matthew will represent Australia at the 2019 World Barista Championship, taking place at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Boston, United States from 11 to 14 April.
“I just hope I can bring it there. I know we have an amazing competition here in Australia, but it’s a big thing for someone to attend their first world competition,” Matthew says.
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