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Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estates - Bunum Wo Peaberry

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Bunum Wo was the first section of Carpenter Estates that I went to visit. Very impressive wet mill and a very crazy cherry picking/gathering system.

One of the more impressive nurseries was located on Bunum Wo and they seemed to be playing around with more strain diversity than the others. Which tends to come out in the cup with a bit more depth to the darker tones.

Tasting Notes:
Similar to the Sigri PB in the fact it is pretty low acidity, very clean in its cup profile. Very smooth darker toned spice notes. Most would call it a pretty sweet chocolaty cup with a bit of spice. The biggest noticeable difference is almost an African-like herbal/black tea note; pretty subtle but hard to miss it in the aftertaste.

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast as long as you reduce batch size a little in the air roasters. Bigger denser peaberry. Beautiful bean but if you are roasting without a stir mechanism or drum it can be slow to agitate at first. Good medium to as dark as you want to go. Medium will give soft floral hints and more of a milk-chocolate, herbal tone. Darker will be edgy, thick and strong with more of a bakers chocolate bitter note.


Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estates - Bunum Wo Peaberry

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.20
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2017 Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe
Gr. 2 Kochere

Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 2 Kochere is sourced from family-owned farms in the Kochere district of the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. The Gedeo region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. The Kochere micro-region has long been known as one of the best origins for southern Ethiopian coffee. The combination of very high altitude and iron-rich, acidic soil creates the ideal growing situation to produce the bright, floral Yirgacheffe profile.

Tasting Notes:
A great clean exotic cup of joe. Floral and soft fruit tones upfront balanced with a chocolaty undertone. Some good brightness on the lighter roasts and will give a citrus edge but pretty mellow close to 2nd crack and into the dark roast marks. Turns very strong and chocolaty, more of a bakers chocolate and smoky into the dark roasts.

Roasting Notes:
Good at almost any roast point but if you keep it on the lighter side, city to city plus you will see its true exotic Ethiopian roots come out. The darker you go the more chocolaty and fuller bodied it will get but right around 2nd crack it will turn a bit more bitter and edgy, otherwise a very smooth cup.


2017 Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe
Gr. 2 Kochere

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.25
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Guatemalan Premium Huehue. Finca Isnul Honey Processed Cataui

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We just received some way cool Guatemalan coffee that not only tastes good but is quite an education about coffee processing.

Our good buddy Edwin Martinez worked closely with Finca Isnul (a COE winning farm, placed 7th this year) to produce the same beans across the three main processing types. These offerings are all Finca Isnul Catuai, from the same field.

One had the fruit taken off right away and hit the water tanks (washed processed) – one had only some of the fruit removed and hit the water tanks (honey processed) and one was dried fully in the fruit (natural processed).

Very cool to see what the processing does to the end taste and the lucky part, they are all tasty coffees.

Tasting Notes:
Similar to the washed processed, the cup has a stronger semi-sweet malty tone. A little sweeter than the washed but we still would not call it an overly sweet cup. A little lower acidity and bigger bodied. Not quite as floral but picks up a little hint of herbal black tea. A bit more complex than the washed processed.

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast and best from medium to dark. Similar to the washed, it will look darker than it really is. If the beans are still a little splotchy in color reguardless of their shininess they are light to medium roasted. Color will get very dark before 2nd crack but the sheen starts at the lighter roast points.

Finca Isnul is located in the northwest side of Guatemala, in La Democracia, Huehuetenango. It’s a high altitude farm, its elevation ranges are from 1443 to 1900 mts above sea level. Annual precipitation ranges are 1,500 mm.

Anzueto family, current owners of the farm, bought Isnul 40 years ago. Today, we feel proud being the second generation of coffee growers in our family, producing an extraordinary strictly hard bean coffee and protecting a wonderful forest in Los Cuchumatanes Mountain.

The coffee plantation is about 157.5 has in extension, 70% catuai, 20% caturra and 10% pacamara. The farm produced an average of 2,927 - 69 kgs bags. The coffee is processed in the wet mill at the farm; then, beans are sun dried during one day in the patios and after, one or two days in the drier machines at 55º C. At the farm we are really concerned about environment, for than reason we have 10 has. of natural forest, and we processed the water used in the mill.


Guatemalan Premium Huehue. Finca Isnul Honey Processed Cataui

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.04
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Kenya Nyeri Othaya Chinga AA Top Lot

Kenya Nyeri Chinga AA coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Chinga Factory (wet mill), in Nyeri County, Kenya, on the eastern slopes of the Aberdares mountain ranges. The Chinga Factory processes coffee from farmers who generally have half-acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees. Farmers are members of the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society which has its own dry mill operation in Gatuyaini.

This is one of the top cupping lots from the Chinga Mill.

Tasting Notes: Very bright, clean and floral. Medium to full bodied with a very sweet edge to it. Lighter roasts are fantastic, higher acidity but sweet with a good caramel note balancing with clean floral tones. As you go darker the body gets very full and the caramel turns much more chocolaty, even right before 2nd crack this gets very thick and dark toned - not a big need to go into 2nd crack even if you are a dark roast fan. One gets a little of that classic African herbal note at the darker roasts, still floral but very muted compared to the light roast.

Roasting Notes: Pretty easy to roast but if shooting for those lighter roasts (recommended) you will end up stopping the roast while the beans are still a little splotchy, don't go too far after the first crack. Medium roast will be when the splotchy tones on the beans are gone and dark roast will be marked by a little oil on the surface. Although we liked lighter roasts the best, we did enjoy the coffee at every roast level we tried.


Kenya Nyeri Othaya Chinga AA Top Lot

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $9.45
Sale Price - $8.95

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Peru Organic Norte SHB EP

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New 2017 Crop!

Peru Organic Norte SHB EP is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Central Fronteriza del Norte de Cafetaleros (CENFROCAFE), which is an umbrella cooperative established in 1999 that supports 80 organizations and 2,000 coffee producers in the region of Majorca, Peru. CENFROCAFE provides training and financing aimed at improving coffee quality and yields to increase farmer earnings.

Tasting Notes:
A great gentle and smooth cup of coffee. A little bit of acidity at the light roast points which gives a bit of overly floral tone, as the beans themselves age into the crop year, this will become a bit milder - fresh new crop acidity is usually what we say. From a city + roast and beyond, a low acidity cup with a bit of a sweet edge to it. Medium bodied and predominately chocolaty, a great everyday drinker.

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast, avoid super light roasts or you will get front loaded floral tones that taste a bit unbalanced. City + is a great roast and one almost gets a little floral tone balancing nicely with a caramel hint. Any darker and it turns chocolaty with very minimul acidity and floral tones. Will get a bit edgier into the dark roasts, brings it from mild and smooth to smoky and chocolaty with bigger body.


Peru Organic Norte SHB EP

1 Lb bag

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Ecuador BCT Select - Canton Of Espindola

Ecuador is a beautiful country, right on the equator with high elevations. Garry came back from Ecuador visiting some friends really wondering why we do not see more Ecuador coffee. They really have the perfect environment to produce top notch coffee. They just do not have much infrastructure for coffee.

This is our first Ecuador coffee believe it or not. We have tried a couple before but they were not high grade beans and not a good price for cup quality to put on the list. Finally we found a very tasty co-op production bean from a very cool area.

Esplanade is a canton located in the Province of Lona, Ecuador. Even though the Equator passes through Ecuador, Espíndola is located in the Southern Hemisphere and is considered one of the poorest towns in the country. This canton owes its name to the mighty river that crosses the region. Some people assure that in 1860 this region was owned by a very powerful indigenous woman called Cacica Francisca Chigua. By the early 1900s, she sold this land to very rich families, including the Eguiguren, who enslaved all of their workers and treated people and animals inhumanely. Today, when you visit this place, you will enter into a magical world with charming people. Espíndola is known for its rich nature and biodiversity of flora and fauna. Its coffee reflects the sweetness of people in the area and the beauty of its views.

Tasting Notes:
A great sweeter and mellower cup of coffee. Medium bodied with lower acidity. A bit of caramel and a soft floral aspect balancing with a nice smooth chocolaty note. Turns pretty chocolaty and a bit fuller bodied with some smoky and toasty notes into 2nd crack.

Roasting Notes:
Best balance will be found at a city plus roast, keeps just a little hint of acidity in the cup but most will enjoy it a bit more closer to 2nd crack than first, more in the full city roast range. Dark roast fans just take it a couple seconds into 2nd crack. A quicker roast is nice if possible, if you extend it out too much, it will flatten the cup character a bit more.


Ecuador BCT Select -
Canton Of Espindola

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.65
Sale Price - $5.90

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