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Relationship Specialty Coffee Blend roasted to order

(1 customer review)

R195.00R660.00 incl. VAT

Our blend of coffees sourced directly from the growers in two different Colombian provinces, and a Mayan reserve in Colombia. The characteristic roasted almonds from Colombia are gently softened by the organic Colombian and complimented by the Acidity of the coffees from the Huila region. A Specialty Brazil is added to smooth out the blend. At least 4 star in flavour complexity.

Roasted to order. May take up to 2 working days dispatch. View our standard delivery days.

Relationship Blend, a blend of all the coffees purchased through our relationship with Caravela (was Virmax).

Colombia and Caravela

Throughout the world, Colombia is recognised as the largest producer of quality Arabica coffee. In 2008 Quaffee was fortunate enough to be introduced to Virmax, who are now known as Caravela. Caravela is a pioneer of Direct Trade, they have worked closely with the farmers assisting them from seedlings in the nursery, to shade planting of the saplings, to productive coffee plants. Then from there to the picking, processing, packaging and then offering coffee to roasters that want to work direct with the growers, with Caravela as a facilitator.

This relationship with the growers has been in place for close on two decades now, and with the assistance of Caravela the growers have developed a following among many roasters that are keen to reward growers directly for great coffee.

Quaffee has been working with the fruits of this relationship since 2008. In 2012 to blend a coffee from only those offered from this relationship, and named the blend Relationship.

Balancing the blend

Essential in producing a coffee blend is having an end-goal in mind. The Relationship blend’s end goal was to be a coffee that could produce a good espresso, season on season. While still lending itself to the popularity of cappuccino and latte, espresso based preparations. All coffees used in this blend can easily stand on their own to be enjoyed in their own way, so ensuring that each coffee contributes something to the blend was important.

Coffees in the blend are from the South of Colombia: La Piramide (from Cauca, Inza) and Asorganica (also from Cauca, but El Tambo and Timbio), and have stone fruit, jasmine and an earthy body. They provide the Umami for the blend. Los Naranjos (from the ever impressive San Agustin, Huila area) adds more Citrus fruit and a white wine acidity to complement this intense body. The sparkle in the blend introduced through the fruit acidity and sweetness of Los Idolos (also from Huila). A quality Brazil smooths the combination out

Relationship Blend

The result is a coffee that can still impress even with milk added. Complexity is preserved, making if very drinkable and enjoyable.

Cauca and Huila, Colombia. Minas Gerais Brazil
  • Colombia: Caravela selected producers, that follow relationship guidelines.
  • Brazil: A specialty coffee (varies per season) that Marunic has a direct relationship with.
100% Arabica various sub-species.
1,400 – 2,200 masl.
  • Colombia: Fully washed process solar dried on raised beds.
  • Brazil: Either a natural or semi-natural coffee as long as it scores 85+ in the cup.
Vacuum packed at source.
Good complexity. Fruity on the nose with almonds and brown sugar. A medium bodied coffee, able to tolerate milk well.
Roast used:
Varies per coffee, but all coffees drop just before second crack.
Roast degree:
Light – using my-tonino.com

Starting brews:

Brew Method Ratio Brew Method Ratio
Espresso 1:2.5 AeroPress 16g:200g
Plunger 48g:600g Pour over/filter 18g:300g

Transparency Information

Sourced from Varies on the season
FOB price Listed in each component
Cupping score Typically, between 84-86.
Other Information This is a blend of the specialty coffees that score between (84 and 86) we currently have available from Colombia. As from April 2020 it now also includes a portion of the specially grade Brazilian coffee, to help it suit espresso better.
Coffee category

2. Medium bodied


4 ★ Blend




fruit, nut, sweet


Brazil, Colombia, Quaffee


Blend, Relationship


1kg Packet, 250g Box, 275g bag, 500g Packet, 750g Packet

1 review for Relationship Specialty Coffee Blend roasted to order

  1. Christi Fleet

    Such a versatile coffee blend. Fell in love with it at the Coffee Bloc and Buitenverwachting, now drink it as espresso, filter and plunger daily. So happy to have found this delicious coffee.

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