Spro Jackson - Espresso (SO)
This coffee is named after Bo Jackson, who has a speech stutter. Bo was a legendary athlete. He was one of the greatest college football players of all time and is the only athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports.
Because Bo seemed to struggle with the word 'I', he worked with his therapist to refer to himself in the third person, realizing that saying his name aloud helped lessen his stutter. This laid the groundwork for his world famous catchphrase, "Bo knows!".
Much like Bo, this is a two-sport coffee, as it can shine as both a medium-dark filter roast, OR as an espresso (for a darker espresso check out the Stephen Hawkbean, and for a lighter the Yellow Cat Espresso).
Not only does this coffee have a great name and taste like a dream (whatever that means), it's also grown by an amazing group of producers, the Baho Ikizere Women group. Read more below!
ORIGIN + VARIETY: SINGLE ORIGIN - Rwanda / Red Bourbon
TASTING NOTES: Candied ginger + tea + strawberry finish
FARM: Baho Ikizere Women Group
REGION: Southern Nyaruguru District
SIZE: Available in 227g, 340g, and 908g bags
GRIND: Whole Bean, Filter, French Press and Espresso/Moka Pot.
More about the Producers:
The Fugi Ikizere Women group is made up of single mothers, many of whom are widowed, and face the difficult task of navigating Rwandese society that still struggles with much patriarchal discrimination.
The Ikizere lots represent farmgate prices (what is actually paid to the farmers) that are 50% more than the national average. In order to make an even deeper impact, the women of Ikizere also depulp their coffees by hand together so that they can connect and bond over the similar difficulties many face.
With income from this coffee, Baho Coffee who oversees the processing station and helps support the growers, paid the Ikizere women the highest price of cherries in the country. They also paid for their 2020 health insurance when they needed it most due to COVID-19. We will be sure to update you all on if this health insurance is extended, on top of the wages (some of the highest in the country), and pensions.
Our partners at Baho and Semilla Coffee have also started a Farmer First program that ensures farmers can get second payments throughout the year, so producers and pickers aren't only paid at harvest. It also allows for workarounds for higher payments than the government imposed ceiling allows, and provides micro financing that producers depend on throughout the year. We also send micro financing donations to the farmers in Rwanda that we work with, alongside our partners.
More about the Processing:
While you'd be right to assume that manual depulping is incredibly time consuming and difficult, it actually is a traditional method of coffee processing in Rwanda.
Prior to the development of washing stations, and even to some extent now, many producers would manually depulp their coffee and sell it in this wet state to intermediaries. This coffee would be marketed as “semi-washed” coffee, and often was of lower quality due to the poor processing procedures.
Thanks to the rigorous quality controls within the Fugi washing station, this traditional depulping method has actually resulted in super delicious and unique coffees.
The following 23 names are the women who produced and manually depulped this incredible coffee. They are the main reason why this coffee is great:
Costasie Mukamuzima / Epiphanie Ntawangaheza / Theodosie Uwambajimana / Adidja Nyiracumi / Vestine Sindikubwabo / Josephine Uwimana / Bernadette Mukandemera / Christine Utarengejeho / Berancilla Baravuga / Mariam Kabagwira / Verediane Mukamparirwa / Angele Mukanyonga / Venantie Nsaguye / Speciose Nyirantashya / Drocelle Nyirarugwiro / Christine Nyandwi / Alphonsine Mukamugema/ Seraphine Mukaremera /Marguerite Niyongere /Venantie Mukakizima/ Veronique Niyonizeye/ Cecile Nyiraminani / Emerance Hategekimana
- ESPRESSO: We recommend either a traditional 1:2 shot, and also works really well as an Americano. It's also light enough that you can get creative with how you pull it! It goes well with milk based drinks.
- POUR OVER: We recommend grinding a touch coarser for pour over for this roast, and try to limit your pours to 1-2 (post bloom) and go for a quick pour (over in 2.5 minutes). Since it's a darker roast, it can over-extract more easily.
- FRENCH PRESS: We recommend the James Hoffman method for this roast: 16.67:1 ratio // medium grind (not too coarse) // add water, do not stir, brew for 4 minutes // after 4 mins break crust gently, scoop everything that floats // let sit for another 5-8 minutes // don't press all the way, only use it as a filter at the surface of the brew.
- COLD BREW: Perfect for extraction method, use a French press, coarse grind, 12-16 hours in the fridge.
My new favorite coffee. The Spro-Jackson is roasted perfectly for me; dark enough that it's not too acidic, but light enough that the fruit flavors come through. I also love the story from the producers.
Coffee was best I ever had, can’t wait to order again!
We enjoy this espresso! I gave some to a friend who couldn't stop smelling the beans!
I have tried a number of coffees from The Artery. I like their business philosophy and I especially like their coffee. Very good flavour and sourced from ethical sources. This time I ordered Stephen Hawkbean: Black Hole Roast . A true bold flavour that tastes great.
I normally prefer lighter Roasted coffees but I got this blend to try for espresso. Delicious! I have bought more since and plan to again!