St Helena, a volcanic tropical island in the South Atlantic Ocean, has been a British colony since the 17th Century and is one of the most isolated of British overseas territories. The native Green Tipped Bourbon Arabica varietal coffee was introduced to St Helena in 1733 by its then owner, The East India Company. The island's most famous resident was the Emperor Napoleon who was exiled there after his defeat at Waterloo 1815 until his death in 1821.
Bamboo Hedge Estate lies high in the Sandy Bay valley, approximately 400 meters above sea level.
The Best Coffee in the World?
This rare coffee yields a cup of superb elegance and subtlety characterised by floral bouquet and a pronounced acidic fruitiness. Many connoisseurs consider this to be the best coffee in the world. Napoleon agreed, stating that “the best thing about St Helena is the coffee”!
A natural occurring mutation of the normal coffee cherry, whereby only a single bean is produced. These smaller, round beans are characterised by their sweetness and robust flavour.
This coffee has clean, bright and beautifully balanced notes of citrus, honey, berry and stone fruits.