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And All Things Nice

Posted by Market Lane on August 17, 2010
Filed under Market Lane News

So, you know how we're always banging on about not putting sugar in your coffee? Well, we really mean it! A good coffee should be sweet enough to drink on its own. In our sourcing, roasting, and brewing processes, we always strive for that kind of sweetness in the cup. So let it be known, lovely customers, that we always encourage you to taste your coffee black before you pick up a teaspoon.

However! We also know that for some sweet-toothed coffee lovers, old habits die hard. We at Market Lane have our own addictions - Dench Bread, Kenya Mtaro, Words With Friends - so we went on a search for the very best sugar we could find for you.

Introducing: whole cane 'Dulce' sugar from Costa Rica. This deliciously rich and golden sugar is made from organic sugarcane, grown in the Tayutic Valley. It has a gentle sweetness, lovely notes of caramel and molasses, and a soft crumbling texture.

'Dulce' (aka 'Rapadura' in Portugese & 'Papelón' in Venezuelan) is the result of a very careful and labour-intensive process. After being cut, the sugar cane travels to the local 'ingenio', where the juice is pulped from the cane fibre. The fibre is dried and used as fuel for the boilers, which work to reduce the juice to a thick, dark syrup called 'sugar honey'. The honey is poured into a cooling vat and stirred manually with huge paddles to evaporate the last of the moisture––condensing it, finally, into the fine grains of what the locals call 'Dulce'.

Dulce is one of the only sugars that is not refined. This means that all the natural vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients are preserved, making it much easier to digest, and healthier for you (and your littlies) than other types of sugar. It tastes delicious and it does complement our coffees very nicely.

We offer Dulce in the cafe at Market Lane, and we are now selling it in take-home bags, too ($14 for 500g). Sweet. Come in and try it at the cafe, or nab some from our online shop. We promise not to wag our fingers - or tell your dentist.

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