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Indian RFA Arabidecool Estate

Sprawling 142 hectares across the famed Baba Budangiri Mountains of the Karnataka State lies the picturesque Arabidacool Estate. On these ranges, the first coffee plants were grown from the seven seeds brought back from Yemen by a Sufi Saint, Baba Budan, while returning from a pilgrimage to Mecca. Arabidacool’s salubrious climate and excellent environment are reflected in a coffee with a distinct cup, characterized by sharp acidity, excellent flavor and a sweet taste.

Tasting Notes: A great micro produced Indian coffee - very similar to the mysore nuggets, this is a little bit of a cleaner screen and a bit more crispness in the cup - good spice notes along with just a bit of a floral tone. There’s dark fruit, oak, licorice, and some vanilla tones, like a good dry red wine. The finish has a subdued brightness to it with just hints of lemon zest. The body is medium to full depending on roast and brew.

Roasting Notes: We recommend roasting this bean at a medium to dark roast. Too light and the wood tones would be too dominate, too dark you will loose its pleasant brightness


Indian RFA Arabidecool Estate
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$5.40
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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
Sale Price - $5.75

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2012 Guatemalan COE Winners Huehue Isnul (#15) 

2012 Coffee? Its not a rare thing around here for us to pick up a past crop coffee but this one was well worth it. (Don't forget, we also have a 2013 winning lot on our normal list as well!)

This lot was purchased in the COE auction in bulk for $10.58/lb (not including the ship cost) - a winning COE lot, prepped for perfection and stored in airtight mylar bags - a little less acidic than it was a year ago but still sweet and free of any defects (an untrained eye/tongue would not know this coffee was 1.5 years old)- one of my new favorites and a real joy to roast (talk about even roasting and even cracks) and drink. 

So how are we selling it as low as $6.49/lb?

So this coffee comes to us with a little bit of a sad story. Edwin Martinez our good friend and owner of Finca Vista Hermosa bought this lot for his new coffee shop out in WA, unfortunately after a year things were not quite going as planned and it was time for him to blow out some awesome lots (at a loss to himself) for an amazing deal. We were first on his list to call when he finally decided to do so. Luckily his sourcing business is doing well and he will continue to be around for a long time to come (and the Vista Hermosa beans) but took a decent hit. 

A little bit of his misfortune is our (and your) fortune. 

We took the rest of the Rosma lot and think you all will love it especially at these prices. 2012 COE winning lot # 13 Sealed in 33 lb mylar cryobricks these beans are in prime shape and top examples of what a Huehue coffee can truly be!  

What a treat to be drinking some of the best Guatemalan coffee around!

2012 Guat. COE Isnul
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.49

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2012 Guat. COE Isnul
33 Lb sealed mylar cryobrick bag

Burman Price - $8.49
Bulk Price -33 Lbs at $6.49 per Lb


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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.

Tasting Notes:
The aroma of this coffee is just a prelude to the deliciously sweet coffee you’re about to drink.  In the aroma you get hints of caramel/malt, sweet floral notes, and a bit of acidity (at a medium roast).  Medium to full bodied - sweet and clean - hints of tropical fruit notes balancing very nicely with a chocolaty malty tone, this is a great sweet cup of Joe! If you dont like the fruit notes they can be roasted out at the darker roast points but you will lose some of the exotic flavors that make this cup so great.

Roasting Notes:
Almost every roast point will be tasty but right before second crack was the gem - tropical fruit notes mixing with the classic huehue maltyness - sweet, clean and fantastic! Give it a day or two to set up - gets a little more jammy.

Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Kintamani Natural

A very unique overly fermented (very fruity) cup of joe. Closer to a natural Ethiopian than other Indonesian coffee. New 2014 crop!
 
SA farmers grow almost all heirloom Arabicas, Typica & Bourbon.  They use trees such as Erythrina, Tangerine, and Orange to shade the coffee, which improves yield and cup quality and enhances wildlife habitat.

A couple of years ago, our supplier Royal Coffee visited the Subak Abians, who also produced our semi-washed “Blue Moon” coffee.  Noting the scarcity of groundwater due to very coarse volcanic soil, Royal suggested trying natural (dry) processing.  Raised beds are already used for drying parchment for Blue Moon, so it was easy to also use them to dry whole ripe cherry for this coffee. They did a test batch, and Royal was so blown away by the quality and flavor they purchased a full container!

“Kintamani Natural” is 100% sundried on raised beds; It’s perhaps the first ever special prep natural Indonesian.  Raised beds keep the cherry free of dirty flavor, and facilitate very quick drying in Bali’s high altitude sun and constant island breeze.  The cup is extraordinarily clean with a rich, buttery mouthfeel, while retaining Indonesia’s full-bodied, savory character.  It features super-intense, brandyish fruit flavors of plum and sweet cherry at lighter roasts; darker roasts develop much heavier body with a spicy, smoky twist.  An easy roaster that’s exceptionally versatile, roast Bali “Kitamani Natural” any way you’d like; slow or quick, from first crack to French, you’ll get very unique and terrific flavor!

Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Kintamani Natural
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.70

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Bolivian FT Org. Cenaproc

New 2013/14 Crop!

The CENAPROC Cooperative is located high (5,00 feet) in the southwest region of Caranavi and was founded in 1992. The coop has 204 members, of which 20% are women. CENAPROC has organized the independent small grower colonies and provides large-scale coordination and commercialization. To prevent the beans from molding, they now process and dry their coffee before it is transported over the Andes to La Paz and Peruvian port cities. They have won several Bolivian cupping competitions and regularly place in the highest rankings of other competitive cupping events. The Coop also grows bananas, citrus, corn and veggies for consumption.

Tasting Notes: The aroma was a great mix of dried fruit like raisins, figs, and dates.  There were hints of candied nuts and rich milk chocolate.  The texture of the coffee was very smooth and it had a light/medium body to it.  It was a surprisingly complex cup.  Some of the flavors from the aroma came through like the dried dates and figs, but there was a hint of orange peel in the middle and it finished with a nutty almond flavor.  There were some chocolate tones that would have been more dominate in a darker roast. 

Roasting Notes: This is a pretty versatile bean.  There was debate here about the best roast so you will have to decide for your self.  Some liked it lighter so there was some zest in the middle while others liked the darker roast with more milk chocolate and nuts tones.  The acidity is very minimal so it’s not even detected at a darker roast, which some liked and some missed. 

Bolivian FT Org. Cenaproc
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.63

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Rwanda Ft. Dukunde Kawa

Founded in 2000, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative is situated near the town of Musasa in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. The cooperative started with 300 members and there are now 1,816 member farmers, the employees of which are 80% female. Dukunde Kawa has helped to positively impact local families. With funds from the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, the cooperative was able to build a washing station which is reported to have great views of the nearby hills and valleys. Because of this, the coop now annually donates 10% of its net profits to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout the country. Their coffee has been Fair Trade Certified since 2004 which creates a better standard of living for farmers and their families. All children living in this cooperative attend school or are provided with financial credit to attend school, and cooperative members are provided with health care and insurance. They have also started a tree rehabilitation program and hope to eventually create a water channeling system to recover water left over from coffee processing. They were awarded the prestigious SCAA Sustainability Award for their commitment to shade-grown coffee and agriculturally responsible replanting efforts.

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
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.60
Sale Price $5.60

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Costa Rican Tarrazu San Rafael

This is the new '14 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. 

This is a Co-op coffee from the surrounding area of San Rafael.

Tasting Notes: 
A great mix of citrus floral overtones with a bakers chocolate undertone. Bright, crisp and clean this is a prime example of a higher acidity Tarrazu. This is the chocolatiest Costa we have to offer and is one tasty cup. At lighter roast points you will see some soft fruit notes but they roast out pretty quickly and will be accompanied with a much brighter cup, we think the stand out quality is the chocolate tone, which takes a roast right around the second crack.

Roasting Notes: 
Best at a medium to dark roast.  Lighter you will you will pick up more acidic notes (citrus/fruit), 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 Tarrazu San Rafael
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.27
Newsletter Special $4.99

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