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Costa Rican SHB EP Tarrazu La Pastora

New long awaited 2016 crop! 

Tarrazu coffees are grown in altitudes over 3,900 feet, allowing them to be designated SHB-single hard bean, the highest classification in the Costa Rican system.  Grown in rich volcanic soil and high altitude make this one the finest coffees in the world.

Tarrazu coffees are famed for snappy, strikingly clean flavor. Known as a "classically complete" coffee, they're crisp and medium-bodied, with tangy citrus flavor and a fine, satisfying aroma. Tarrazu cups wonderfully at all but the lightest and darkest roasts. 

Tasting Notes: 
The aroma is floral and sweet like honey.  A nice medium bodied, smooth & creamy cup of coffee with little stronger floral aspect and medium brightness (gets a good lemongrass tone at lighter roast points).  It starts with a crisp darker chocolate note, hints of a soft fruit note, and finishes with a pleasantly surprising spiciness.  This is a savory cup of coffee with wonderful complexities.

Roasting Notes: 
Best at a medium to dark roast.  Lighter you will you will pick up more acidic notes, at a medium (city +) you will taste the great complexities that you may loose if roasted too dark.  Would make a wonderful espresso but great as a drip brew.


Costa Rican SHB EP Tarrazu La Pastora
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.97
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El Salvador - Black Honey  Finca El Guarumal

What is Black Honey? Its a little cleaner version of a fruity natural - technically the black is a semi-washed coffee that is closer to a fruity natural, a white honey would be a semi-washed closer to a fully washed coffee.

El Salvador Finca El Guarumal Black Honey Caturra is sourced from INVERFINCA, a family owned operation located near La Pandeadura, a town in the municipality of Tacuba within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. The coffee is cultivated, harvested and processed by INVERFINCA founders, Fernando Alfaro and Jose Enrique Gutierrez, who both have a long family history with coffee production and processing in El Salvador. INVERFINCA meticulously sorts and depulps ripe cherries and then dries the parchment, still covered in mucilage, on raised drying beds in thin layers. The parchment is turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days and then it is transferred to clay patios and constantly raked to ensure even drying. 

Tasting Notes:
A great very well balanced cup; small hints of acidity, floral notes with a bit of a soft fruit tone balanced with a nice darker chocolate/caramel undertone. Fuller bodied and very creamy with much more sweetness than your average El Sal. This cup is closer to a washed coffee at darker roasts and more like a natural at lgihter roasts - nice little fruit note spawning from drying with some of the coffee fruit still on the beans. A very cool cup. 

Roasting Notes:
I think a full city roast is the way to go, just before the second crack to just a pop or two into it; gives a really nicely balanced cup. Taken to a dark roast it gets a little rougher around the edges but gets even more caramel, lighter roasts are recommended as well but will promote a milder cup with a much fruitier edge but far less chocolaty.

El Salvador Black Honey - Finca El Guarumal
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.48
Sale Price - $
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Kenya AA Nyeri Kieni

New 2016 Crop! A prime super fresh Kenya AA - definitely the top sort from the Kieni mill. Very crisp and clean with a ton of delicate bright notes popping out. Not too acidic compared to other less delicate Kenyans, a cup almost anyone will love - very dependent on roast. 

Kenya Nyeri Kieni AA is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Kieni Factory (wet mill) in Nyeri County, Kenya. The Mugaga Farmers Co-operative Society Limited manages the Kieni Factory, which processes coffee from members who generally cultivate approximately 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots. 

Tasting Notes:
This is a very nice and fresh Kenyan AA; Incredibly clean with good brightness. A bit more delicate than some but the exotic flavors popping out are bound to impress. The brightness is very balanced with a medium body and a cocoa undertone. There is a hint of spice and just a bit of that Kenyan earthiness (not a bad tone). This cup remains smooth and exotic, sweet and complex. 

Roasting Notes: 
We tend to recommend roasting a bit slower on these nice Kenyans. They can be a bit overly bright otherwise - if your shooting to a darker roast point no need to slow it down but light to medium roasts gain a lot of complexity when slowed down.

Kenya AA Nyeri Kieni

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.10
Sale Price - $ 7.60

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El Salvador - Finca San Rafael - Los Naranjos


El Salvador Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos coffee is sourced from the Asociación Cooperativa Agropecuaria de Participación Real San Rafael de R.L. (ACAPARSAR), which operates within the municipality of Juayúa in the department of Sonsonate, El Salvador. ACOPARSAR is a cooperative that was founded in 1980 and has 21members who collectively own the estate where they continue to produce coffee with a sense of deep tradition.  ACOPARSAR has a wet mill and is building a dry mill facility. Members of ACOPARSAR are participating in technical training related to prevention of soil erosion, leaf rust protections, processing improvements, and ways to deal with climate change.

Tasting Notes:
A great very well balanced cup; small hints of acidity, floral notes and sweet with a darker caramel undertone. Medium bodied, smooth, rich and very clean this is a cup you can drink all day long. 

Roasting Notes:
I think a full city roast is the way to go, just before the second crack to just a pop or two into it; gives a really nicely balanced cup. Taken to a dark roast it gets a little rougher around the edges but gets even more caramelly, lighter roast is not recommended but will promote an acidic edge with just a hint of a darker tone.

El Salvador - Finca San Rafael - Los Naranjos

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.25
Sale Price - $ 5.75

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Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Honey

The honey processing on these beans is very close to the washed processing - very clean honey processing. It does leave it with a hint more sweetness and body but a little less acidity. Not as unqiue as some of our other honey processed coffees but very tasty indeed. 

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: A very clean and sweet cup of coffee. Medium to full bodied with just a little hint of acidity. Lighter roasts produce a pretty delicate cup with a hint more floral aspect than darker roasts with pretty soft hints of a chocolate/caramel undertone. Darker roasts produce a very cool sweet malty and smokey type cup - much fuller bodied with a bit more strength to it. Really dark gets a bit edgy. 

Roasting Notes:
 A good clean cup at almost any roast point. A little lighter bodied at very light roast points but the body builds nicely at even a city plus roast. We liked it best just before 2nd crack - kept it nice and smooth but built up decent body and the nice smokey malty tone.

 

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 Honey

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.10
Sale Price - $ 6.60



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