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Brazil Sao Francisco Estate - Microlot 006



I tell you, this coffee will hold a special place in my heart and mind. One of our first stops on a great Brazilian coffee hunt back in August '12 - new crop just arrived and in the brightest bags I have seen - check out the blog if you want to see some pics. 

Sao Francisco is a decent sized family farm that uses very modern techniques to produce the beans, big mechanical harvesters and fields and fields of coffee are quite astonishing to the eye. (very tasty beans at a reasonable price). Picked, sorted and dried to perfection - almost every detail of growth and processing is tracked and monitored so they can constantly improve the quality of the coffee. 

Although Sao has giant field of coffee it doesn't mean they cleared the natural areas - quite the habitat they maintain - wild giant packs of capybara - many snakes and pond habitats - birds galore. Funny story - wondering his fields in the middle of the night I was chased by a pack of about 30 capybaras - never been so scared in my life (although i am pretty sure they are harmless.. definitely intimidating to have a pack run at you) quite the adventure finding these beans. 

Tasting Notes:
A great new batch of beans from Sao - nice prep, even roasting. fuller bodied with some decent acidity at lighter roasts - a bit of a soft fruit tone with some definite sweetness coming through. A bit of that classic nuttiness at the light roast points. Much fuller bodied and way darker toned into the darker roasts - much more chocolaty with defined sweetness and almost no acidity - a bit of roasty notes add some character into 2nd crack. A great higher end S/O espresso base or single origin drinker - would shoot for different roast profile dependent on use - full city for a nice pour-over or drip - into 2nd crack a little for an espresso base. If your a big Brazil fan, a city+ roast is clean will crisp acidity.

Roasting Notes: 
This coffee is easy to roast, I would avoid the real light roasts. Try extending the roast to build some body and darker tones, a shorter roast will accentuate the sweetness and crispness of the cup. Very different from a medium roast to a dark roast but equally as tasty in my book. More unique at the medium roast but not quite as chocolaty. 


Brazil Sao Francisco Estate - Microlot 006
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.40
Sale Price - $5.90


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Indonesian Org. Sumatra IKA Red Cherry

 


A true S/O Indonesian - which is pretty rare. Usually aggregated at a mill level and passed through multiple channels before even reaching the mill - this coffee is much more traceable and controllable than most - it shows in the prep and quality of the beans.

This Sumatra coffee is sourced from the family run Jagong Mill and surrounding farms (owned by Irham Junus, his son Andi and daughter Ina), located in the Takengon and Atu Lintang coffee region of Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia. By only using ripe red fruit, Irham and his family are pioneering something truly unique in Sumatra. As they control the whole process from tree to mill to export, they are able to avoid the long and convoluted supply lines that can compromise Sumatran quality. 

See a video from the Junus family. 

Tasting Notes
This is a unique Sumatra - a bit more brightness than most with a little thinner body, very clean with a incensy spice note. A cool and complex Indo. Gets fuller bodied and more traditional at to into 2nd crack with the exception of the earthy notes, not to be found in this cup.

Roasting Notes:
Looking for exotic - stop the roast before 2nd crack - not a light roast coffee, stay closer to 2nd than 1st but make sure not to hit 2nd crack. Looking for an exceptionally clean but not so exotic Indo? Take it just into 2nd crack - much more chocolaty and smokey.

 

Indonesian Org. Sumatra IKA Red Cherry
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.99
Sale Price - $6.49


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Colombian Caldas Supremo

Colombia continues to turn out some of the best coffees in the world and Caldas Supremo is no exception.

Caldas is located 5,000 ft. above sea level and is superbly situated in the Andes Range (where all the great Colombians come from). Supremo denotes the highest grade of Colombian coffee; a guarantee of large, consistent beans. Caldas is a southern Colombian similar to a Huila, except a little smoother around the edges.


Tasting Notes:
Very clean and big bodied, buttery textured, semi-sweet with a nice lighter walnut tone. At a Medium Roast you will enjoy soft notes of walnut, cedar and spice, brighter acidity, with more of a baker’s chocolate finish. Darker roasts will bring out more caramel sweet flavors and hints of a dried fruit and nuts.

Roasting Notes:
This bean is very versatile when it comes to roasting; great from light to dark. Be sure to try different roast points for it will greatly vary what flavors are accentuated. Enjoy a brighter morning cup at a City Roast or take it into an afternoon/evening coffee by roasting it from a Full City to a French roast.

Colombian Caldas Supremo

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.55
Sale Price - $3.99

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Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural

This is a way cool coffee but an upfront warning - this does not taste like any other Colombian - this cup is closer to a Natural Ethiopian than other Colombians. Real trick natural processing leaves this cup very sweet and fruity with a lot of wild tones popping out - absolutely stellar and unique for a Natural Processed fan. 

This is really the 1st year for Natural Colombians, the government banned the export of them for a very long time - they saw them as an inferiorly processed coffee but they were not being produced like they were in Ethiopia (and other hip countries) until now :-). 

Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural is sourced from a single farm owned by Rosevel Ortiz Escarpeta and his family.  Finca La Illusion is located in the municipality of San Agustin within the department of Huila, Colombia.  In 2010, the Colombian government started a program to benefit farmers who were displaced during the military conflict in the region.  Rosevel is one of the successful farmers who participated in this government program and has successfully become a specialty coffee producer. 

Tasting Notes:
Chalked full of fruit notes and acidity - a blaster of a cup. Very sweet and medium bodied with red fruit notes like strawberry overly present in the cup - a real fruit bomb at lighter roasts - mixing nicely with a heavier citrus acidity and ending with a slightly nutty dark chocolate undertone.

Roasting Notes:
This is a before 2nd crack coffee - personally i loved it best on the lighter side - not right at 1st crack but not far past it - a real berry blast. Gets a bit smoother and bigger bodied closer to 2nd crack - also very enjoyable but not quite the fruit bomb, more subtle fruit notes balanced with a bit of bakers chocolate. 

Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.95
Sale Price - $6.45 

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Indian Monsooned Malabar



Very unique and most think very tasty; usually people have a love/hate relationship with this bean but it is one of our top sellers year in and year out. 

Monsoon Malabar coffee is prepared from Arabica cherries (“cherry” refers to dry-processed coffees in India). After grading, the coffee is transported to the coastal city of Mangalore where the “monsooning” is carried out in large openwalled warehouses. 

During the rainy months of June through August, the coffee is spread inside the warehouses with very good aeration and ventilation at a particular thickness so that the coffee slowly absorbs moisture. After it absorbs sufficient moisture and bloats in size, it has to be periodically bulked and bagged and stacked so as to ensure proper and uniform “monsooning.” This process has to be carried out many times during the months of the monsoon. 

After September, when the rains subside and the temperatures are higher, the ghostly white and swollen beans are sent through the final grading (gravity tables and hand-sorting) in order to obtain the Malabar export quality. The farmers not only produce coffee, they also grow pepper, cardamom, and oranges. Most of the farms are 80 to 100 years old and belong to third generation growers. 

Tasting Notes:
A very full bodied and creamy cup; very dependant on roast. Soft fruit tones at lighter roast points, chocolate, mollases, caramel, along with some earthy (not bad) notes most closeley related to an Indo Sumatra. 

Roasting Notes:
Usually used for espresso at the darker roast points but many of our customers enjoy the single origin drip brew or french press at a slightly lighter roast point.

Indian Monsooned Malabar

1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$5.99
Sale Price - $5.50

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Guatemalan Premium ML SHB EP Las Camelias

A very cool new Guat offering coming from a unique region and micro-climate. Part of our premium line of Guats, the prep on this coffee is amazing - a beautiful gem of processing. The taste is different from most of our other offerings.

La Finca Camelias, which is located in the village Panibaj, the Patzún Municipality, Department Chimaltengo, was founded in 1890 by the great great grandfather Don Jose Damian Benavente and his brothers, natives of the place, who on a visit to the city of Antigua Guatemala, noted that coffee farming was being exportable production conditions and climate of the place were similar to those of his land. This led to the testing of bushes coffee, proving that winds from the shores of Pacific Ocean afforded favorable weather conditions, Combined with the excellent qualities of soil place match Atitlan basin, managed to set the environment ideal for producing the same, with the Bourbon variety and Arabian which has today prevail for longevity, quality and disease resistance. Another benefit that is achieved with tests in the area, was that people living in the around the place started to live and grow coffee, thus creating the Panibaj village.

It was during the 60s when Don Jose Damian and his brothers Jose Felipe, Justo Rufino and Clara Benavente Juarez, began buying other areas of land to increase production, tested new varieties of coffee and in turn, introduced the beneficiary coffee wet and drying cement patios. Currently, the Finca Camelias is being managed by the fifth generation of the Benavente family, providing work and helps people from the village Panibaj and its surroundings. As is tradition, the coffee is continuous handcrafted working in wet processing and combining modern production practices in the field of coffee, with the priority friendly, efficient and productive ecological management that guarantees coffee quality Camelias.
Tasting Notes:
Great fuller bodied and lower acidity - sweet, medium to dark roast Guat. This cup still has hints of soft floral fruit notes at lighter roasts (but too light gets a little underdeveloped earthiness). A little fuller bodied than the other ML Guats but still amazingly clean, balanced and complex. This cup is like a mix of Coban with Huehue and maybe just a hint of Antigua. A ton of flavors popping out - sweet malty tones, a bit of bakers chocolate, a little floral aspect, a bit of soft fruit - very cool cup.

Roasting Notes:
We would recommend this to a medium or dark roast - although 2 out of six here liked it best at a lighter roast points, most - including the bulk of our customers will want to shoot for right around 2nd crack - a bit more jammy body and developed sweetness.

Guatemalan Premium ML SHB EP Las Camelias

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.80
Sale Price - $5.50

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