Pact Coffee's latest Limited Edition pays homage to the special relationship between cycling and coffee. Made in partnership with Tour de France winner, Geraint Thomas. Fuel your ride and your caffeine addiction with Gran Fondo Espresso.
Cycling and coffee go hand in hand. It’s a tried and trusted practice that Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas loves. So, Pact Coffee partnered with this Welsh legend to bring you the ultimate cycling coffee, Gran Fondo Espresso.
This Rwandan and Colombian blend has dark chocolate notes and is packed full of citrussy, berry flavours and has bright acidities to match. It tastes delicious served as a classic Italian 5oz cappuccino. Whether you’re a cycling aficionado or simply enjoy Italian-style coffee as much as Geraint, you’ll adore this sweet and punchy blend.
Gran Fondo Espresso is a Colombian and Rwandan blend from Bufcoffee, José Ramon & Maria Collazos.
Bicycles provide a vital lifeline for the people who live and work in Colombia and Rwanda. In addition to this, cycling as a sport is hugely popular in these countries. With this in mind, Pact decided to source coffee cherries from both places and blend them together to produce Gran Fondo Espresso. From Remera Washing Station in Rwanda to Buenos Aires Farm in Colombia, they've built a strong relationship with these exceptional coffee growers. They hope that some of the money invested into these local economies will be used to keep the cycling culture alive and kicking.
I drank it as a teenager, but it was your run-of-the-mill chain coffee stuff. Growing up, coffee came in granules. When I moved to Italy, I got into proper coffee- espressos and cappuccinos. It’s now part of my daily routine and a constant feature- I’ve even got a Rocket Machine for better coffee at home. I love dark roasts and traditional Italian-style strong tastes.
Initially it was like your first few pints of beer. You couldn’t stand the taste but you threw it down because you knew it was the right thing to do. The next thing you know, you’re hooked. Give it a few more years and you’re an out and out coffee snob.
Leading up to a big race, I avoid caffeine and switch to decaf for three weeks so I can really feel the boost. This way, my body gets a bigger kick off the caffeine when it needs to. When I’m racing, I’ll have 3 or 4 to get going. Whether I’m breaking for a Piadini in the Italian hills or scanning the race book while chugging an espresso, I’ve got a lot of time for coffee done well.
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