Beans from the Colombian region of Giraldo Antioquia take centre stage this month at Merlo, as the iconic Queensland-headquartered coffee roaster continues to shine the light on unique and hard to source beans from around the world through their famed Bean of the Month program.
The Colombian Giraldo beans come from the village of La Sierrita, where nine producers grow coffee on sustainable farms. A near-perfect micro-climate is created by the track of the Cauca River, which generates currents of hot air during the day, and cold air at night, bringing an exotic and unique profile to the crop.
Wet-washed and sun-dried, the beans feature creamy flavours of poached pear and are of a mid to high body from the Arabica family.
The Colombian Giraldo bean is now available at all Merlo owned 16 stores across Brisbane, Melbourne and online. Beans can be purchased wholesale with prices starting at $11.25 for 200g and up to $41.50 for 1kg. Famous for selling out before the month is up, Merlo’s Bean of the Month joins the full range of blends and single origin coffees as well as Limited edition flavours at Merlo.
In July the Bean of the Month will be the silky and sweet-caramel Rwanda Karora, a newly established cooperative of coffee farmers, with over 600 local farmers presenting their harvest of fresh cherries, and in August it’s the delicate and fruity Kenyan Iriga, naturally dried on raised African beds in the sun on the slopes of Mount Kenya.
Proudly Queensland-based, Merlo has grown to become Australia’s leading independently owned and operated coffee roaster, and now owns and operates 16 of its own cafes in addition to supplying freshly roasted coffee to over 1,000 cafes and restaurants around the country. Merlo also ships coffee online to customers throughout the Australian and overseas.