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Guat. Huehue. Top Lot Manantial "Mendez Brothers"

So this coffee is about as cool and exotic as coffee can get!

Manantial is a little village in Huehue that is renowned not only for coffee but its other crops as well - said to be some of the best growing areas in the entire country. So why has no one ever heard of this before? The answer is their size, its tiny! Most coffee to come out of this area is blended by mills and served up as a regional offering - they cannot put together a large enough crop to be sensibly exported to the U.S.

So how did we get this lot? Well luckily our good friend Edwin from Finca Vista Hermosa grabbed us an awesome six bag lot and exported it under his own farm name... hehe pushing the limits but all in the name of good coffee :-).

Unfortunately these beans are not cheap but the cup is awesome - doesn't taste like many other Guats we have had through our doors.

Tasting Notes:
Wow (cant we just leave it at that...), tropical fruit notes, sweet acidity, clean and balanced, dry malty finish. While blind cupping these beans I would have almost thought it to be an Ethiopian with those tropical fruit notes (and on a washed coffee!!!) but the malty dark tone kept throwing me. A cup that any serious Guat fan will love!

Roasting Notes:
Medium roast - don't go to light or dark. If your a dark roast fan - pick up some of the cheaper Guats on offer, the Z 14 will be an awesome offering for you. This cup is for those who like exotic tones and acidic notes.

Guat. Huehue. Top Lot Manantial "Mendez Brothers"

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $9.99
Sale Price - $9.49

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Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon

The new 2014 crop is in and very tasty!

The Semi-Washed version of the Bali Kintamani Natural!

Bali is a tiny island– actually, a submerged volcano peak - just off the east coast of Java, with many small coffee farms.  The farmers who grow Kintamani Natural belong to cooperative organizations known as Subak Abian (SA) founded on a Hindu philosophy known as “Tri Hita Karana” (the three causes of happiness).  SA co-ops foster community in agricultural, social and religious activities, and have been certified Organic since 2008. Pesticides are never used on their coffee farms, and fertilizers are 100% organic.
  
SA farmers grow almost all heirloom Arabicas, Typica & Bourbon.  They use trees such as Erythrina, Tangerine, and Orange to shade the coffee, which improves yield and cup quality and enhances wildlife habitat.

Tasting Notes:
A very rich, clean, and smooth cup with a hint sweet lemon acidity balanced with a nice chocolaty finish. Medium to full bodied with low acidity, a nice daily cup. Hints of a slight smoky tones can be found, especially in a darker roast.

Roasting Notes:
I like to take this one to a full city. It is very versatile and will hold almost any roast.

Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.86
Sale Price - $6.36

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Kenya Ichamama PB

Purchased from the grounds for health auction - all the money we paid for these beans went to cure cervical cancer in third world countries. 

The Ichamama Factory (Wetmill) is one of the 19 wet mills belonging to the Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society Limited. The factory has over 1,100 members, including over 300 females. The wet mill is located on the eastern slopes of the Aberdare Ranges, facing Mount Kenya. The Othaya Cooperative was founded in 1956 with 256 members. Today, it is the largest coop in Kenya with 14,000 members.

Tasting Notes:
Very sizzling, crisp and clean; this makes for one stellar cup of joe! Medium bodied and sweet; a great example of what a Kenyan can be. Strong citrus, lemon grass and light fruit up front. Nice sweet and smooth chocolate undertones leaving this a very nicely balanced complex cup. It does have a zing of fresh crop brightness that permeates the cup, those will mellow with darker roast points or a couple of months down the road.

Roasting Notes:
This coffee seems best at a medium roast; I shoot for right before the second crack. A medium roast brings out the citrus, a dark roast gets you some chocolate over tones and a fuller body. Extending the roast will mellow out the brightness of the cup.

Kenya Ichamama PB
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$7.03
Burman Special $6.03

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Indian RFA Arabidecool 
Estate


New 2014 crop!

Sprawling 142 hectares across the famed Baba Budangiri Mountains of the Karnataka State lies the picturesque Arabidacool Estate. On these ranges, the first coffee plants were grown from the seven seeds brought back from Yemen by a Sufi Saint, Baba Budan, while returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca. Arabidacool’s salubrious climate and excellent environment are reflected in a coffee with a distinct cup, characterized by sharp acidity, excellent flavor and a sweet taste. 

Tasting Notes:
A great micro produced Indian coffee - very similar to the mysore nuggets, this is a little bit of a cleaner screen and a bit more crispness in the cup - good spice notes along with just a bit of a floral tone. There’s dark fruit, oak, licorice, and some vanilla tones, like a good dry red wine.  The finish has a subdued brightness to it with just hints of lemon zest.  The body is medium to full depending on roast and brew.

Roasting Notes:
We recommend roasting this bean at a medium to dark roast.  Too light and the wood tones would be too dominate, too dark you will loose its pleasant brightness

Indian RFA Arabidecool 
Estate
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.20

Sale Price - $5.70

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Mexican Org. Terruno Nayarita Washed Reserve

This is a farm that holds a special place in our hearts. Gathered around an extinct volcano, Cerro San Juan, a committed group of 260 cooperative coffee farmers are working together to produce arguably the best coffee in Mexico. Terruño Nayarita coffees come from heirloom trees and the word ‘Terruño’ means ‘homestead’. These are farmers that take great pride in their coffee. This is the new 2013 crop! Used and won as a single origin espresso in the Mexican barista championship This is the top screen-size/grade from the Terruno Nayarita Co-op. San Christobal Importers takes great care to find and produce an excellent coffee, making sure farmers use safe, sustainable shade techniques and provide a fair wage to the workers. Check out their webpage; San Christobal. You can see the quality in the beans. Lighter bodied, a super smooth finish, a hint of brightness, and a sweet caramel tone. Similar in character to Island coffees. Can be roasted up to a full city +, we think its best a little lighter.

Tasting Notes:
A very cool and unique Mexican coffee. A little fuller bodied than most years, good sweetness and a bit of a floral caramel note. A bit lower acidity than previous crops which tends to make it shine at a little fuller roast level. The caramel notes tend to turn a bit more chocolaty close to the second crack.

Roasting Notes:
I would shoot for right before the second crack to just into it - a little bit of a rougher cup into second crack but nice chocolate notes with just a hint of a floral aspect. A bit sweeter and smoother right before the second crack but not quite as chocolaty.

Mexican Org. Terruno Nayarita Washed Reserve
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.25
Sale Price - $5.75

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Guatemalan Huehue. Premium Flat ML Finca Vista Hermosa "Michicoy"


The Michicoy comes to us from the Finca Vista Hermosa farm in the Huehue region of northwest Guatemala. This farm is third generation family owned and has always upheld the highest standards in coffee growing and processing methods. This farm is a model for many in their shade grown and organic methods. While still grown at a fairly high altitude, the Michicoy microlot is the lowest grown lot at Vista Hermosa so it’s slightly milder and has more herbal tones then the other coffees from this farm, but it’s still a heavy bodied complex cup. Edwin has been producing some of our favorite coffee for years and this does not disappoint.

Tasting Notes:
The aroma has great sweet notes. It reminded us of sugared or apple cider cake doughnuts. There are pleasant herbal and earthy notes in the cup along with chocolate undertones and molasses and caramel sweetness. Virtually no acidity in this cup. Overall a great example of a classic Guatemalan cup of coffee, this will become your go to coffee staple.

Roasting Notes:
We would recommend a medium to dark roast to develop the great chocolate and molasses tones. Avoid light roasts. This is a great go to morning cup of coffee.

Guatemalan Huehue. Premium Flat ML Finca Vista Hermosa "Michicoy"
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.49
Sale Price - $6.99

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