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BCT 100% Estate Hawaiian; Red Maui Nat/Wash Kaanpali

New 2014 crop! A stellar cup! Sweet caramel tones mixing with a little floral acidity - Maui is doing a great job with this first new crop arrival - prime time! 

We had to change it up a little this year, but it is as tasty as ever! 

Hawaii had a tough 2014 crop that is just rolling out, up to 60% smaller crop than last year. (third year in a row with a down crop)

Maui Kaanpali Estate is a unique Hawaiian coffee.  The beans are grown by MauiGrown Coffee at Ka‘anapali Estate in the West Maui highlands.  

The 500-acre estate is a former State/private project that used coffee to diversify Maui’s sugar plantations.  It performed extensive field trials to find Arabicas that grow best in the soil, altitude and climate, while providing the best cup quality and yields.  MauiGrown grows the 4 best Arabica types from those field trials: Maui Mokka, Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai and Guatemalan Typica.

BCT Maui Kaanapali Estate is an exclusive blend fashioned from two of MauiGrown’s flagship coffees, Natural Catuai and washed Catuai.  The Catuai natural beans bring very fine aroma and a clean, sweet cup that’s very mellow and low in acidity.

At every roast level, BCT Maui Kaanapali Estate beans offer great consistency in the cup – they are uniquely tailored to give home roasters a true Island coffee experience in cup after satisfying cup – easy roasting beans with rich, aromatic, mellow flavor!  At light and medium roasts, these beans deliver excellent aroma and an agreeably mellow, low acid cup.  Darker roasts deliver more sweetness and body, with a subtle spicy character.

BCT 100% Estate Hawaiian; Red Maui Nat/Wash Kaanpali
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.99
Burman Special $7.70

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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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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

Burman Price -
$6.50
Burman Special $5.50

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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 - $6.15

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Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 1 Kochere Chelelektu

Very fresh 2014 crop! New 2014 arrival and my favorite Ethiopian of the year! This coffee hails from the Kochere region, which is one of 77 woredas in the Southern Nations, Nationalties, and Peoples Region of Ethiopia. Kochere is part of the Gedeo Zone and is bordered East, South and West by the Oromia Region and on the North by Yirgacheffe. The Kochere micro-region has long been known as one of the best origins for fully washed southern Ethiopian coffee. The combination of very high altitude and iron-rich, acidic soil creates the ideal growing situation to produce the bright, floral Yirgacheffe profile.

Tasting Notes: 
A very tasty and complex cup; a honey like sweetness mixed with a nice tropical fruit tone; very clean, rich and balanced. a medium silky smooth body; the cup has a nice darker chocolate tones that mixes so wonderfully with the lighter tropical floral notes. A prime example of what an Ethiopian should and could be.

Roasting Notes:
This is a city to full city roast coffee, a pretty sizzling cup so light roasts are not recommended. A city + to full 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. 1 Kochere Chelelektu
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.20
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

Burman Price -
$6.99
Sale Price - $5.99


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