Italian coffee producer Lavazza has revealed plans to unveil its new Etigua small-batch coffee to the UK’s restaurant sector later this week.
The company is sponsoring The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in London for the fourth year, where it will showcase the new limited edition Arabica coffee sourced from the highlands of Guatemala and forests of Ethiopia.
Produced especially for the restaurant sector, the beans used to make Etigua are picked by hand and extracted within four hours, dried in the sun for three days, and continually raked and turned by hand. They are then gently roasted by enveloping them in hot air, which produces “a velvety smooth aromatic blend with notes of ripe fruit and honey and an aftertaste of caramel and biscuit,” Lavazza said.
It is the Turin-based company’s first Slow Food-accredited coffee, which certifies the ethical and environmental considerations given to food and drink products during the production process.
As Slow Food UK executive chairman Shane Holland explained: “Being certified Slow Food tells the consumer that all aspects of the product have been looked at: is the product traditional in that area, has it been grown with respect to the environment it is grown in, has the worker been paid a fair wage, has the farmer received a fair price, has the end consumer paid a fair price?”
Lavazza UK managing director David Rogers said: “Etigua is truly a unique tasting experience. Having the ethical guarantee of a global movement such as Slow Food, who we’ve been working with for 20 years, reassures customers that every step has been taken to ensure its tradition and authenticity is preserved.”
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