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Ethiopian Natural Yirgacheffe Gr. 1 Aramo

Fresh 2016 crop!

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe FTO Aramo coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Aramo Cooperative located in the southern district of Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. The Aramo Cooperative was established in 1975 and currently has 2,254 members. In 2002, the cooperative joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo ethnic region of Ethiopia. There are twenty-six other cooperatives affiliated with the YCFCU totaling more than 35,000 members.

Ethiopian coffee is perhaps the world's most prized. This coffee comes from the most renowned Ethiopian growing region of Yirgacheffe. Many Ethiopian cultural traditions are built around coffee.

Tasting Notes: A very top notch natural. Clean, well balanced and a very upfront light berry toned cup of coffee. This cup does have pretty high acidity for a natural, giving it a nice citrus tone, crisp and floral with strong fruit tones just a hint of dark chocolate at the lighter roasts. Fuller roasts give it more body and bring out some darker fruit tones but mute up a bit of citrus and extreme fruit notes - fuller roasts will be much more balanced and chocolaty - fruit notes can be found in the cup but not over the top like some of the less refined naturals.

Roasting Notes: We like a full city roast, gives that darker fruit note mixing with a pretty chocolaty cup - many will like it lighter but be ready for some acidity.

Ethiopian Natural Yirgacheffe Gr. 1 Aramo

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.25
Sale Price - $7.75

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Chinese Micro-lot Gr. 1 Washed - Black River - Estate Produced

An excellent new 2016 crop offering.

This is a way cool Chinese single estate coffee grown above 1500m; coming from along the highlands of the black river in pretty dense natural forest land.

The area this coffee comes from in not what most would think when China is mentioned. Think rainforest's with gentle mists coming off the mountain engulfing the coffee trees - a herd of wild elephants live on the farm as well, they really try and preserve the natural habitat throughout the whole farm.

Natural forest canopy covers the bulk of the coffee which is very ideal for the plants and is very important from the local eco system.

The farm mostly grows cattura but there could be a couple other testing strains intermixed within the forest that made its way into the lot.

Chinese coffee, which is pretty new to us here in the US, has been around for hundreds of years. China has been growing coffee since the early days of coffee farming. They had a strong presence at this year SCAA but we have to say - the bulk of what we have seen and tried has been lower end and not so clean. Usually used for cheaper coffee blends.

Our neighbor here at Burman Coffee, Victor (who does commercial setups) was lucky enough to get inviting to China to see one of their top end coffee competitions - no international jury or buyers were there, top end coffee producers and high-end domestic retailers. He found an absolutely stellar lot (in comparison to what normally makes it here) Long story short, 10 weeks later, here it is for your drinking enjoyment.

Tasting Notes: To picture this cup you need to steal some aspects from many different coffees, think sweet and floral like a Costa coffee mixing with the stronger chocolaty tones and body of a Rwanda or Burundi with just a hint at certain roast points of spicy very clean Indonesian earthiness. Without being too extreme in any of these tones, this is really a cup anyone can like.

Roasting Notes: Hard to pick a favorite roast but fun to play around. Avoid super light roasts for you will end up a bit front loaded with acidity and lighter tones. Great cup medium to dark. For a first roast i would take it right around 2nd crack and judge your personal preference from there. A little closer to a Central American coffee around the medium roast, hint of the African and Indo characteristics at the darker roast points.

Chinese Micro-lot Gr. 1 Washed - Black River - Estate Produced

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.69
Sale Price - $6.19

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Papua New Guinea Sigri

These Sigri coffees are gems - nothing like your traditional PNG coffees. Almost a 0 defect screen with immaculate processing. You can just look at the beans and see the care and time that went into them. Sigri has been in a game for a long time but within the last 5 years has taken quality to a different level.

As with all of our relationships coffees, not only are they changing the coffee game for themselves, but also the whole area and region they are in. They are raising wages and education (and quality) for every farmer around them - the big project this year to unleash for the locals.

All coffee bearing the Sigri name is grown at over 5000 feet elevation. Sigri considers soil and water conservation as a priority, and, the plantation is bird and eco-friendly. The plantation employs a medium density shade strategy, using two types of shade trees. This promotes even ripening of coffee cherries and provides habitat for at least 90 species of birds.

Sigri is a washed Arabica coffee and undergoes a rigorous wet factory process. Quality Control begins in the field; Cherry coffee is hand-picked and carefully checked for uniformity; it must be red and fully ripe which allows for the correct balance of sugar and acid within the cherry. This selected cherry is then pulped on the day of picking.

A fermentation process follows, a period of three days broken every 24 hours by washing – but unlike most other brands, the Sigri process follows this by total immersion in water for a further day, which creates a superior coffee. Careful conditioning of 21 days is followed by hulling, grading, color sorting and finally hand sorting. This combined with rigorous quality control before packing produces the finest green been for which Sigri is renowned.

All grades are then continuously sample-roasted and liquored by experts. This provides a final check on the quality of the green bean product, and is a practice unique in Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea Sigri
A/X Highlands
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Estate AA
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Estate Peaberry

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Burman Price - $6.40

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2016 Hawaiian Maui Mokka (14 Natural)

This current crop of Maui Mokka is one heck of a cup, similar in tones to last years award winning crop - a little hint more acidity due to the freshness.

Mauigrown has done a great job learning from the last crop to improve the next. This batch has a revised natural processing method to leave it a little sweeter with increased pectin levels. You can tell the difference just by appearance, it looks much cleaner. An old world coffee with new world inspirations.

The first Mokka arrival this year is our beloved 14 screen - as per the usual with Mokka coffees, the larger screen just are not as tasty - in-fact we had another Mokka winner this year - the 11 screen was super tasty as well, have a couple bags coming in around a month - month and a half away from this arrival.

Maui Moka originated at Ka'anapali Estate in Maui, an experimental coffee plantation project.  They transplanted several native coffees from around the world, looking to derive Hawaiian cultivars with unique flavors; the Maui Moka bean is derived from native Yemeni seed stock.  The Ka'anapali project went under in 2002 due to funding issues. In stepped a group of connoisseurs who rescued the Estate from developers, and rehabilitated the original plantings. 
Tasting Notes:
Like its true Mokka parent, it's a phenomenally aromatic coffee.  Salivate in anticipation as the freshly wet grounds emit sweet, heady coffee fragrance laced with notes of Virginia tobacco and lush peach brandy.  Once fully brewed, the aroma is winy, very sweet and lightly herbal.  The cup is chocolatey with a note of sweet vanilla and soft fruit notes, It has a medium body has creamy texture reminiscent of Guatemala's Huehuetenango coffees.  It's an exceptional coffee experience!

Roasting Tips:
This cup is best from a medium roast to just into the second crack. To really get that great flavor make sure to let it set up for a day or two. Just into the second crack for that creamy chocolate tone and a medium roast for those creamy sweeter fruit tones.

*****Roasting Maui Moka can be challenging.  The beans are high in chaff and can progress very quickly from first to second crack, be careful and watch the roast. If you run into any issues, make sure to hit the cool button!!!!*****

Past that, you're in for a real treat!

2016 Hawaiian Maui Mokka (14 Natural)

1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $12.99
Sale Price - $12.49

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