By now, you may have heard on the grapevine that we’ve got a new blend in town.

Gran Fondo landed earlier in the month and we couldn’t be more excited for you to get on your bike and try it out. This game-changing coffee celebrates the special relationship between coffee and cycling and is the result of months of hard work between the Pact team and Olympic gold cyclist, Geraint Thomas to create the ultimate mid-ride refreshment.

How Gran Fondo tastes

Gran Fondo is a Rwandan and Colombian blend with rich, dark chocolate notes. It’s packed full of citrussy, berry flavours and has bright acidities to match. Gran Fondo tastes delicious served as a classic Italian 5oz cappuccino, filter coffee or espresso.

The Gran Fondo blend comes in both filter and espresso varieties to suit a range of coffee drinking preferences.

The beautiful link between cycling and coffee

Coffee is synonymous with cycling culture. This is true for Welsh legend and cycling champ, Geraint Thomas who got into coffee properly when he moved to Italy. Speaking about his love for a cup of Joe, G said “It’s 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. 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.”

In countries such as Rwanda and Colombia where we source Gran Fondo beans from, bicycles are a vital lifeline. Cycling as a sport is alive and kicking, but bicycles are also one of the main modes of transport for people who work and live in these respective countries. From Remera Washing Station in Rwanda to Buenos Aires Farm in Colombia, we’ve built a strong relationship with these exceptional coffee growers and hope that some of the money invested into these local economies will be used to keep the wheels turning on cycle culture.

Pact loves cycling

We couldn’t write this blog post without mentioning that cycling is a huge part of our staff culture. In fact, our team even cycled from London to Paris for our summer 2019 party. It goes without saying that plenty of caffeine was consumed on this 275-mile jaunt!

Experience the rush of Gran Fondo

Whether you’re a cycling aficionado or simply love Italian-style coffee, we have a limited number of Gran Fondo Filter and Esoresso bags up for grabs. And, if you’re in the market for some new clobber and accessories, we even have branded espresso mugs, latte cups, t-shirts and gift sets.

Head on over to our Gran Fondo page, to check out the full offering.