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Costa Rican SHB EP La Pastora

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 La Pastora
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.10
Sale Price - $5.10

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Colombian Popayan Supremo

New 2015 crop!

Supremo is Colombia's largest bean sort. Colombia continues to turn out some of the best coffees in the world and this Popayan Supremo is no exception. This coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia is grown on small farms where it is selectively picked and processed. On most of the farms, the coffee is shade grown. The region is home to over 1,000 different species of birds. Cauca is a multi-ethnic region, and the coffee growers are indigenous, mestizo descendants of the original inhabitants and the Spanish, and Afro-Colombian immigrants—they have worked hard to preserve their social structures and traditions. The growers work the land collective

Tasting Notes:
The aroma of this coffee is very nice; sweet with with a little spice floral tone. It is pretty classically toned for a Colombian; semi-dry toasted walnut overtone turning a bit more molasses/caramelly into the darker roast points. Very balanced, subtle spice, clean and rich with a nice new crop crisp acidity.

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 Popayan Supremo
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$4.99
Sale Price - $3.99

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Guatemalan Huehue. Premium Flat La Esperanza "Hoja Blanca"

This is a neighboring farm to Vista Hermosa recommended highly by Edwin from Vista Hermosa.

Similar to Edwin's farm, La Esperanza from Octavio Herrera is a model of sustainability and treats its workers better than 99% of other farms in the region; providing education, infrastructure and medical care.

This is a much more classically toned Guat Huehue offering (when compared to the Guayabales) - a great regional example of what a Huehue should and could be.

Tasting Notes: 
Thick and creamy with a strong malt note - The aromatics are fantastic and consist of sweeter caramel and floral notes but the acidity in the cup is lower. A little hint of the sweeter floral tone can be found but the powerful dry malt note is really the predominate flavor. Right around 2nd crack to into 2nd crack the cup gets a little smokier with a bit more of a bakers chocolate tone coming through.

Roasting Notes: 
A medium to dark roast coffee. I would avoid real light roasts for they will be a bit grassy.

Premium Flat La Esperanza "Hoja Blanca"
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.75
Sale Price - $5.75

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Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa


New 2014/15 Crop!

Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill. More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.

Tasting Notes:
In a word this coffee is incredible. The aroma is soft and has subtle notes of dried fruit, vanilla, dried oats, and salted mixed nuts. The flavor is complex. It has a medium body and silky feel on the tongue. Initially the flavors are very fine and pleasant light notes of dried figs, plums, and vanilla wafers. As this coffee glides past your tongue and you’ll get an explosion of dried apricots, cocoa powder, almonds, and some boozy rum-like notes. The finish is slightly dry and lingers just enough to have you greedily reaching for another sip.

Roasting Notes: 

I would avoid the lighter roast points, a little acidic and grassy tasting - the silky body starts to hit at a medium roast and the darker fruit and cocoa really start to hit right before second crack. I tend to roast it a bit slower to increase the body and darker tones while still roasting before the second crack.

Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.45
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Tanzanian Ruvuma PB

This is 2014/15 crop! First Tanz offering of the new crop - a little smaller screen size (pretty normal for a Tanz PB) but very tasty and fresh.

Ruvuma is a region in Tanzania situated around the city and district of Mbinga. One of the largest sources of income in the area is coffee production. Ruvuma was not always known for good coffee. It took until 1997 for two companies to open 13 new central pulperies and 8 new mini-pulperies, all but two of which they also manage.

By being the aggregate and managing the pulperies, they can insure the continued higher quality beans and raised selling prices for this coffee, thus helping out everyone in the region.

Farmers are paid the same price or more by Ruvuma than the prevailing home-processed parchment equivalent price for their cherry, and also get a bonus if the season is profitable. This is despite the fact that they receive their money much earlier and do not have the work of processing at home. In return, they are expected to take greater care in tending their coffee and in particular to their harvesting of it.

Tasting notes:
This batch of Tanzanian Ruvuma is a little darker toned than previous batches; real nice sweeter but stronger chocolate spice undertones at the darker roast points- very smooth, clean and rich. This cup also shares many qualities of a premium Kenya at the lighter roast points. It is a very bright and citrusy cup which gives it a very high rating in the coffee world. At the lighter roasts you get a those wonderful citrus tones with just a hint of a sweeter chocolate bottom, very crisp and clean.

Roasting Notes:
We like this coffee at a medium to dark roast. Try extending the roast at the light to medium roast points to build a little more body and undertones.

Tanzanian Ruvuma PB
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.23
Sale Price - $5.23

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2014 Mexican Terruno Nayarita NATURAL Reserve

This is a farm that holds a special place in our hearts.  This coffee is from 100% traceable, directly traded microlots. Each bag is uniquely identified with a bar code and a serial number.  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 top screen-size/grade from the Terruno Nayarita Co-op. This is the new 2015 crop! Used and won as a single origin espresso in the Mexican barista championship

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.

Tasting Notes: 
A very unique Mexican offering; the processing leaves it closer to a Natural Ethiopian than other Mexican/Central American coffees. 

The Mexicans always taste best fresh as can be, I will tell you; it doesn't get any fresher than this! The aroma is a wondrous mix of sweet berries and buttery nuts.  This cup is medium bodied with a smooth finish.   a bit of a dry baker’s chocolate, candied sweetness, bright acidity, berries and orange make this an outstanding cup of coffee.


Roasting Notes:
You can see the quality in the beans. We recommend a medium roast on this coffee to bring out all the remarkable characters of this cup.  Roasted lighter you will get a more fruity cup and brighter acidity.  Roasted darker and the chocolate notes will be more pronounced.

From the highest altitudes of Mexico, this is what we regularly drink around here.

2014 Mexican Terruno Nayarita NATURAL Reserve
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.70
Sale Price - $6.20

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