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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
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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
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Tanzania Peaberry Plus Zanzibar

This is the new '14 crop!

Zanzibar is a small island chain (mainly consisting of 3 islands) off the coast of Tanzania. Very humid and hot with some high altitudes it creates a great climate for coffee (as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, black pepper and cloves; which tend to give the coffee its nice spice notes).

Although Zanzibar coffee is not quite as well known as other Tanzanian regions, we think it is some of the tastiest, much greater depth of flavor along with some cool soft fruit tones (medium roast) not usually found in other areas.

Tasting Notes:

This cup shares many qualities of a premium Kenya at the lighter roast points. It is a very bright and citrus cup which gives it a very high rating in the coffee world. At the lighter roasts you get a those wonderful citrus/fruit tones with just a hint of an herbal green note and a sweeter carmelly undertone, very crisp and clean. Not a fan of those bright coffees and love a dark roast? Take this coffee into the second crack and it has a smooth rich bakers chocolate tone with some hints of spice, holds up very well.

Roasting Notes: 
We like this coffee at a medium roast for those bright Kenyan like attributes and into the second crack for a thick bakers chocolate tone. Try extending the roast at the light to medium roast points to build a little more body and undertones. 

Tanzania Peaberry Plus Zanzibar
1 Lb bag

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$6.50
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Hawaiian Natural Oahu Waialua Natural
A really fine example of Hiwaiian Coffee! First time we've had beans from Oahu. Natural processed, these beans get a much more wild and sweeter cup profile than washed beans. Waialua Estate Coffee and Cacao are grown on former sugarcane lands on the Wahiawa Plateau overlooking Oahu’s famous North Shore. This region is bordered on two sides by the steep and dramatic Waianae and Ko’olau mountain ranges in the shadow of Mt. Ka’ala, the Island’s highest point. The 155 acre coffee farm sits above the coastal towns of Haleiwa and Waialua at an elevation of about 700 ft (300 metres) above sea level, while the 20 acre cacao orchard is situated at sea level along the banks of the Kaukonahua river, near Waialua town. Located at 21°north latitude the climate is warm and mild with average temperatures in the mid 80’s Fahrenheit (25° Celsius) with an annual rainfall of 20”. Processing the two crops works in tandem with harvest seasons spread six months apart which keeps our full-time crew employed year-round. Waialua Estate Coffee and Cacao makes use of beneficial insects for its pest management program permitting the growing of pesticide-free crops. The orchards blossom under the watchful care of our skilled staff; and consistently produce the fine products we offer today under the Waialua Estate brand.

Tasting Notes:
This cup has a little bit of everything and that is what makes it so cool - very clean for a natural coffee - filled with lighter fruit notes, a strong sweet caramel undertone, a little hint of citrus acidity - a slight smokey tone accompanied with a medium jammy body and an aroma that will make one drool.. Enjoy!

Roasting Notes:
We prefer to roast this coffee a bit before second crack, a city roast really brings forth the cool unqiue tones from this top notch cup - also very tasty right at second crack but far less fruity, still very sweet and caramelly.

Hawaiian Natural Oahu Waialua Natural
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $15.99

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Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 2 Chelba

This coffee is produced by a farmer group that is made up of 500 people. On average, each farmer owns two to five hectares of land. After the coffee cherries are picked, they are sorted and pulped immediately, and then fermented in water for up to two days to remove the mucilage. After the fermentation stage, the coffee is washed in long troughs. All the water used comes from the Chelba River high in in the mountains. After being washed, the coffee is placed on drying beds, and is turned every few hours to ensure even drying. The drying process can take anywhere from eight to ten days, depending on the weather. Currently, the Chelba Washing Station has 180 drying beds, and plans on building 80 more in the near future.

Tasting Notes: 
This is a very cool lot of the Chelba - a little more body and sweetness than most. very clean rich and smooth with some very exotic floral/tropical fruit notes upfront balanced with a little sweeter chocolate undertone. More of a fruit note than the non-microlot Gr. 2 yirg but not quite as sizzling as the grade 1 Shilicho. A very complex and unique cup of joe.

Roasting Notes:
This is a light to medium roast coffee, just past the first crack cool it off. A city to city + roast really brings out the full potential of this cup. Make sure to let it set up for a day or two before drinking.

Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 2 Chelba
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.10
Sale Price - $6.60

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Kenya PB Kirimara - Nyeri

The Kirimara Estate is located 12 kilometers from Nyeri Town at the foot of Mt. Kenya set between the Chania and Muriggato Rivers. Nyeri is an ideal coffee growing area, renowned for its high quality production due to the good volcanic soils and conducive climate.

Tasting Notes:
Kenyan Peaberries are always a tasty treat. In general and with this batch, they tend to be less acidic than there AA cousins. You will still notice quite the citrus floral crispness, but not over the top, just enough to let you know its a Kenyan. Within the acidity, you will find soft fruit tones and sweetness along with a lemon grass floral note (mostly lighter roast tones). The thing that really jumps out of this peaberry is the darker bakers chocolate tone, very nice and predominate. Balancing those lighter tones with the chocolate undertone is the name of the game. 

Roasting Notes: 
I would avoid light roasts, for the cup with be front loaded with acidity. I like to draw out the roast to a full city for a very nicely balanced cup. If you like it a little darker tones, try taking it just into the second crack.

Kenya PB Kirimara - Nyeri
1 Lb bag

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$6.99
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