A French dependency in the South Pacific, New Caledonia has produced coffee since the Marist monks first planted coffee in 1860 and is famous for the “Leroy” varietal (also called Pointed Bourbon) that has garnered the nickname The President as it was regularly delivered to the Elysee Palace where it was a favorite of France’s former president, Jacques Chirac. The coffee was also consumed by such renowned people as Sir Winston Churchill and Honore de Balzac. Famous for having only half the normal amount of caffeine – 0.6% vs. 1.2% for regular Arabica coffees, the rare Leroy varietal is unique to New Caledonia and is highly susceptible to diseases resulting in a very low yield. Combined with very high labour costs, this is one of the most expensive coffees in the world. Cupping Notes: Elegantly balanced, chocolate, citrus and flowers in both aroma and cup, well integrated acidity, smooth silky mouthfeel, with clean finish.