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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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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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Colombian Huila Supremo

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

Huila is a southern Colombian and one of the more renowned growing regions.

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 Huila Supremo

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.55
Sale Price - $3.99

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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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Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Washed

Nicaraguan Selva Negra coffee is cultivated in the most ecological, environmentally and socially friendly way possible. Selva Negra's history is in many ways the history of the coffee in Nicaragua altogether. In the 1880's the Nicaraguan government invited young German immigrants to come and settle in Nicaragua in order to promote coffee growing in the northern highlands. Many young immigrants accepted the offer, thus forming the main coffee plantations of the country; many of them bare names of their motherland. Selva Negra's (Black Forest) Coffee Estate is called Hammonia, Latin for Hamburg. Located approximately 4,000 ft. above sea level, Hammonia has been producing fine old style Arabica coffee for over 100 years. Eddy Kühl & Mausi Kühl-Hayn, the farm's proprietors are descendants of two of these original German immigrants - Alberto Vogl and Klaus KÜhl.

Selva Negra Estate Coffee is grown at a high altitude in a shaded environment. This allows the bean to have a slow development cycle which instills an intense and fulfilling flavor to each bean. The coffee is not only 100% Arabica, but more importantly it is grown on a large percentage of Bourbon and Typica coffee trees (which produce higher quality beans than other varieties of coffee trees). The region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua is mountainous with excellent volcanic soil for the coffee growing enjoyment. Finally, the coffee is prepared using an environmentally friendly washing process, which gives the coffee still one more unique quality enhancing aspect.

Tasting Notes:
This Nicaragua cup is a classic 'Central' with a clean very sweet floral aroma, medium body and a bright, lively flavor with an awesome carmelly sweetness. Sparkling and rich, this is a prime example of a top rated Nic. A great mix of light and dark tones, very balanced. 

Roasting Notes: A very versitile roaster - a bit more acidity than the honey processed leaves it a little bit front loaded at lighter roast points - we recommend a medium to dark roast to get nice balance.

Selva Negra means the black forest - beyond the coffee trees below you can see why.

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A great example of a good looking production tree and how the fruit ripens at different times - this is what makes hand picking so nessisary for good coffee.

 

After a hard day of picking...

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Finally the reception - every afternoon of picking all the workers gather for the cherry reception - this is where the work for the day will be logged and the start of the processing for the cherry. Normally workers get paid by volume but many farms bonus on quality - too many bad/underipe beans in the pick and its bad for everyone

Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Washed

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.10


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