May 2013 - Don't Panic
This is the 5th (I so wish it was 42nd) in a new “galaxy” of guest coffee blends that we are introducing in 2013. Each month there will be a new blend for which there will be an original label in a different style of bag, and of which there will only be 500 made. Each bag will be marked with a unique, limited edition number.
These are the blends most roasters would be scared to share with you, but not us fearless souls at Has Bean Towers with our looking to the stars, going that extra mile, and on to the next solar system, and all the other stupid sayings you can think of.
In the cup think unbalanced, off-the-wall experiments that are tasty but never normal, and are always a bit unusual and pushing the boundaries. This month's is taking that to a new space and time dimension.
We have also decided to name them with equally appropriate stupidness. In honour of the towel day on May the 25th and to demonstrate our appreciation for the books and the author Douglas Adams, who wrote ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’, we are naming this blend “Don't Panic”. The Towel Day commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May 2001.
But why a towel I hear you cry ? Well…..
The original quotation that explained the importance of towels is found in Chapter 3 of Adams’The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
“A towel, it says, is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Partly it has great practical value. You can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapours; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a miniraft down the slow heavy River Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it round your head to ward off noxious fumes or avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (such a mind-bogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough. More importantly, a towel has immense psychological value. For some reason, if a strag (strag: non-hitch hiker) discovers that a hitchhiker has his towel with him, he will automatically assume that he is also in possession of a toothbrush, face flannel, soap, tin of biscuits, flask, compass, map, ball of string, gnat spray, wet weather gear, space suit etc., etc. Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitch hiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitch hiker might accidentally have “lost.” What the strag will think is that any man who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.”
—Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
To honour this you will also receive your own easy-carry towelet for next time your caught out in Betelgeuse, which can be hydrated in any emergency.
In the cup this is the bravest blend yet, but I think it works. Expect big sticky mouthfeel, with a cherrydrop note, and with a milk chocolate sweetness that just makes this a gloupy fest. These are two coffees you wouldn’t normally blend - a decaf and a catimor - but you know what, this is why rules are meant to be broken.
- 80% Colombia El Meridiano SC Decaf
- 20% 20% El Salvador Finca Argentina Fincona 1 Catimor Washed
- 42% Don't Panic
So long, and thanks for all the fish!