Kenya Nyeri Rukira AA coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Rukira Factory (wet mill) in Nyeri County, Kenya on the southeastern slopes of Aberdares mountain range. The Rukira Factory processes coffee from farmers who generally have half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees shaded with bananas, gravelia, and macadamia trees. Farmers are members of the Othaya Farming Cooperative Society, which has its own dry mill operation in Gatuyaini.
This is a very nice and fresh Kenyan AA; Incredibly clean and bright - a great example of a crisp and clean prime Kenyan. The brightness is very balanced with a medium body and a cocoa undertone, this is a very pleasant cup that almost anyone would enjoy. There is a hint of spice and just a bit of that Kenyan earthiness (not a bad tone). This cup remains smooth and exotic.
Medium roast makes the brightness cleaner and more balanced with the molasses coming through. We prefer it just into 2nd crack to highlight the molasses flavor.
Cerro Las Ranas (the Hill of Frogs) coffee is named after the farm’s lagoon that is populated by thousands of frogs (The Laguna Las Ranas is the Micro-lot from around this lagoon), located in Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador.
The coffee is produced by JASAL, a family owned operation where Jose Antonio Salaverria and his sons take great pride in their meticulous attention to detail, from year-round farm management to quality control in the cupping lab, and everything in between. In the pulped natural process (also called a honey process), JASAL pulps perfectly ripened cherries and then dries the coffee beans, still covered in mucilage, on clay patios while constantly turning the beans to ensure even drying.
A little thinner bodied than the Laguna las Ranas and a bit wilder in its tones, a little higher acidity which gives it a lot of sweetness - a hint of a ferment note providing a very soft fruit tone balancing with a stronger bakers chocolate undertone - as the cup cools you get less bakers chocolate and a little cool sweeter malty/caramel/nutty spin. Darker roasts will be low acidity, a bit sweeter and more of a smokey dry malty tone.
I think a city to full city roast is the way to go, gives a really nicely balanced cup. Taken to a dark roast it gets a little rougher around the edges but gets even more malty chocolaty, lighter roasts are recommended as well but will promote a more acidic and fruity edge but also give a little underdeveloped tone unless you let it set up for 3-5 days.
El Salvador Honey- Cerro Las Ranas - Finca San Francisco 1 Lb bag
Fraijanes Palo Alto Azul is sourced from Finca Agua Tibia, a farm managed by Industrias Agrícolas Centro Americanas. Finca Agua Tibia is located in the municipality of Fraijanes within the department of Guatemala, Guatemala. Finca Agua Tibia was established more than 150 years ago by Franciscan monks and has been producing coffee since 1940. Coffee processing continues to be steeped in tradition and has not been modernized. Seventy-five percent of Finca Agua Tibia is preserved forest. There is also an ornamental nursery, other crops and an award-winning dairy farm.
A very clean and sweet tasting cup - Fraijanes is a lesser known region but always a nice example of Guatemalan coffees - about half way between an Antigua and Huehue - A little hint of floral brightness upfront balanced with a slightly chocolaty malt tone - not quite as full bodied as a Huehue but not as thin as water - not quite as acidic as a stellar Antigua but has enough to add some good sweetness with crisp tones.
Easy to roast; you’ll get a great cup at most roast levels. Beware light roasts. This cup has a lot of acidity when roasted light. May want to extend or draw out roast to convert new crop brightness into those lovely spice notes. Reccommeded roast level Medium to Dark. Dark roasts will add some smokey factors.
This is one tasty coffee and well worth the extra pennies but be aware, this is an old world natural processing with some tweaks to make the screen a bit cleaner than normal - it will roast slightly uneven, is a little browner in color and a variety of shades - it is produced to look like this and if your a natural fan, where the buck stops. The roasted beans will look quite normal but make sure to taste this cup before questioning the processing.
Tasting Notes: This is a way cool coffee but a bit hard to describe for its taste night and day different depending on roast level - Lighter spectrum roasts give a strong acidity, lots of fruit and sweetness, some tea like floral attributes and a hint of a chocolate undertone, a bit front loaded at lighter roasts but very tasty - medium to border line dark roasts change the cup to very chocolaty and a bit fuller bodied with just a hint of lemony citrus and a little lingering fruit in the after taste - very balanced and sweet and most likely what i would shoot for - darker roasts are not fruity but super chocolaty, into 2nd crack starts to reduce sweetness of the cup a little and adds a bit of roasty notes but this compliments the chocolaty aspect.
Roasting Notes: Lighter roast points make sure to let it set up for 2-4 days before drinking, really mellows out the brightness and makes for a smoother much more complex cup. Medium to dark roasts set up much quicker but still 24 hours is recommended. Make sure to try this coffee at a variety of roasts, small flavors will keep popping up and be sure to wow most.
Panama Natural Hi-U - Graciano Cruz - Finca Los Lajones - Caturra Lot E 1 Lb bag
Burman Price - $9.99
Sale Price - $8.99
Graciano has always been extremely passionate about agricultural science. Every day he is learning something new about the plants, soils and interrelations in each environment. "It is like watching a movie in four dimensions instead of 3D. Experiencing and feeling the myriad facets of the nature around me made me become an organic coffee farmer." The first officially certified in Panama.
While studying coffee economics and marketing, Graciano developed, with the help of many friends, a coffee concept that begins at the end of the client’s discerning palates and ends at the coffee trees at his farms.
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.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.
processed is a very nice traditional offering, good balance and sweetness - nice mix of brightness and a dark chocolate tone - good from a medium to dark roast.
The natural processed is very unique - very similar to a Natural Processed Ethiopian - not close in taste to the washed process by any means shape or form - nice ferment berry tones, hints of acidity and a strong and dark undertones pulling it all together - very wild cup.
Very cool S/O blend by mixing them together, usually 50/50 unless you dont like ferment notes, than i might go 75/25 heavier on the washed.
2014 Mexican Terruno Nayarita NATURAL Reserve 1 Lb bag
Burman Price - $6.70
Sale Price - $5.40
2014 Mexican Organic Terruno Nayarita WASHED Reserve 1 Lb bag
Burman Price - $6.70
Sale Price - $5.40
One of the small family mills that utilizes of the support structure of the Terruno Co-op
One of the larger mills that Jim (found of the Co-op) built for the people - long story short Mexico decided Jim couldnt own the mill so know the Co-op pays to use it.. Very nice top notch machinery really helps with the quality of the beans - bad processing = bad beans, good processing = good beans. Sorry for the smallness.. horrible when you realize you only have your cell phone on site...