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Costa Rican SHB EP La Pastora

New 2014 crop!

First shot at these awesome beans - will make the normal list in a week or so.

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.


The majority of Costa Rican coffee comes from Tarrazu, near Volcan Poas, in the Southern Pacific region. It is here that a humid climate, high altitude, and rich volcanic soil contribute to conditions which produce high quality coffee. Because it is 100% hand-harvested, naturally sun dried, washed and grown in small harvests, this coffee is rare and hard to find, but completely worth it. Currently, CoopeTarrazu has 2,600 members--the only condition to join is to produce coffee in the area of influence of the cooperative. The coop assists in getting its members technical assistance, low cost loans, low prices for fertilizers, and high prices for coffee. The most important aspect of the
cooperative is the economic benefit for the region and the members.

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 a lower acidity (get a good hint a lighter roast points, but very low acidity at a full city).  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 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 -
$6.25
Newsletter Special $4.95

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Papua New Guinea Plantation Kimel Peaberry

New 2014 crop! Our second shipment and even nicer than the first!

First shot at these awesome beans - will make the normal list in a week or so.

Kimel plantation was first established in 1974 by an Australian, Bobby Gibbs; it is now owned by traditional landowners, the Opais being the main tribe. Although locally owned, the plantation is managed by expatriate personnel with extensive experience in plantation management. They are appointed by the local directors. The plantation has a permanent workforce of 432, and they are housed on the estate in bush housing. The estate also provides schooling for the children and medical facilities for the workforce and their dependents.

Clean running water has been made available to the estate workers by way of a community project financed by one of their overseas clients, and its implementation is overseen by the estate’s management. Since the estate is located along the Kimel river, from which it derived its name, it has access to good clean water for the processing of its crop, which is a pre requisite along with sound husbandry and dedicated management to continually create quality coffees. The estate’s management also implements some ecology friendly policies with regard to environmental issues, such as the recycling of pulp, which is returned to the fields as organic fertilizer, and the recycling of water used during the wet processing. The cultivation is conducted under shade trees, like Albizias and Gravilleas.

Tasting Notes:
Fuller bodied, clean, smooth and rich. Kimel Plantation Peaberry is creamy and luxurious, with a very cool bakers chocolate note and a little hint of acidity that can produce tropical fruit flavors at the lighter roast points, capped by a delicious warm almost ginger spice note.  

Roasting Notes:
Kimel Plantation is excellent as a self-drinker, and versatile in blends.  Roasted to full-city, it’s a complex, rich and full-bodied coffee and espresso; lighter roasts offer a very pleasant, smooth and sweet cup with a bit of spice.  Darker roasting is not recommended; its uniqueness will fade behind roast flavors, and that would certainly be a pity!

Papua New Guinea Plantation Kimel Peaberry
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.17
Newsletter Special
$4.87

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Colombian Premium Volcano de Tolima Gaitana

A nice and fresh unique Colombian offering! 

Truly a cornerstone of Specialty coffee, and the second-largest world producer of Arabica beans, Colombia's quality reputation was built from beans grown In the "MAM" provinces (Medellin, Armenia, Manizales) of the Cordillera Central Mts.  Now, more coffee grows in southern areas such as Huila and Cauca - but Colombia's reputation for high quality and rich, bold coffees is still strong. North of Huila but south of Medellin, Tolima in smack dab in the middle of the Andian mountain range with some of Colombia's largest volcanoes providing some of the best soil and altitude for growing coffee.  

Tasting Notes:
A very cool Colombian from the heart of Colombia's prime coffee growing area. Medium to full bodied, clean and rich. This cup does have some decent brightness especially at the lighter roast points which gives it a pretty crisp floral note that is balanced nicely with a sweeter caramel undertone - a hint of that classic walnut tone can be found especially at the darker roast points. 

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast but the flavors present will vary greatly. Take it on the lighter side for a jazzy, bright and sweet cup with a slightly cedar finish (make sure to let it set up for 2-3 days at the light roast points)- darker brings some more traditional fuller bodied tones of walnut and spice and caramel.

Colombian Premium Volcano de Tolima Gaitana
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.00
Newsletter Special $4.70

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Hawaiian Maui Natural Typica

The restock on the 2013 crop just arrived!

Typica is the traditional strain used for fancy Kona coffees, although this offering is not quite as complex as the $20+ Konas, it is one tasty cup and a very great value considering price versus taste - an awesome cup we are very glad to offer you. 

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 Typica.

Tasting Notes:
A very floral sweet aroma will perk you right up and give you the initial island premium characteristic. The cup is medium bodied, fairly low acidity, clean and rich. A very cool sweet caramel tone will be the predominate flavor but you do get hints of light fruit and crispness at the lighter roast points and a little hint of a smokey molasses at the darker roast points. 

Roasting Notes:
I would shoot for right before the second crack - will give you a very smooth and sweet cup - lower acidity with a very floral aroma; accentuating the sweet caramel type cup. Lighter will be more crisp and floral but one does take the risk of getting underdeveloped grassy type notes - Darker roast will be tasty as well but not quite as sweet and add a little bit of a smokiness to the cup. 

Hawaiian Maui Natural Typica
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.55
Newsletter Price -$7.25


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Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa

New 2013/14 Crop!

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.  

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 - $6.50
Newsletter Special
$5.25

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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
Newsletter Special $5.40

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Decaffeinated Indonesian Sumatra Mandehling Gr. 1 MWP

Sumatra coffee is what originally made me a believer of home roasting. Never had a good commercial cup Sumatra but when roasted correctly, boy is it one tasty cup! Indonesian Sumatrans will be a bolder stronger cup of coffee, the aroma after roasting is very sweet with a hint of spice.

Tasting Notes: Medium to full bodied and sweet, this is one stronger cup of coffee. Very nice aroma of cinnamon and dark fruits with notes of incense. Hints of dry herb and spice with just a smidgen of traditional Sumatra pete moss/smokiness.

Roasting Notes: A medium to dark roast will suit this coffee well by accentuating the darker tones and body.

Decaffeinated Indonesian Sumatra Mandehling Gr. 1 MWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.99
Newsletter Special $5.69

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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
Newsletter Special $3.99

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Brazen Coffee Brewer w/ Free shipping, t-shirt, and 1lb Free Rwanda FT Dukunde

Newsletter Price -$199.99


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Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

Click here for more info Includes: 
-Free Pound of Brazil
-Free ground shipping within continental US 
Select "free ground shipping for all roaster purchases" upon checkout

For a coffee connoisseur a good grinder is a must have! 

Looking for that last factor in making your perfect cup? The Bartaza Encore (new model of Maestro Plus) will give you the edge you need at a great price.

This unit comes with a professional burr set that will cut the beans, not smash them, no powder throw-off here. 

40 different grind setting to give you the versatility to use any brewing method. 
A very even and consistent grind ensures even extraction of your brew. 

This grinder keeps cool, it is important not to heat up the beans during th e grinding process to get that crisp clean cup.

A great grinder! This is what we use here, and at home. Very rugged with an even and consistent grind

Baratza Encore w/ free pound of Brazil and Free Shipping

Burman Price - $129.00

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Indian Masala Chai

An excellent tea at a bargain price

Black tea , ginger root, cinnamon, green cardamom and cinnamon, ginger and vanilla flavor

Steeping Time - 3 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

The aroma is awesome! Dark spice notes and cinnemon - enough to make anyone drool just slightly with a taste that follows. 

Usually mixed with frothed milk for one tasty beverage but easily drank on its own as well.

Sounds strange but also very tasty, try puttting an espresso shot in with milk and chai... tastes great and get you going!  


Indian Masala Chai
- 1/4 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $5.00
Newsletter Price -$4.00


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Use a clean kettle and good water and you will enjoy amazing coffee. the triple thickness filters give a longer contact time, yet remove any harshness or bitterness.

This is the way we make our coffee!


Chemex Coffee Maker- 10 cup/ with 100 Brown Unbleached filter squares and 1lb. Free Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa

Newsletter Price -$38.95


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2012 Guatemalan COE Winners Huehue Rosma (#13)

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 ($7.99 for 1 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 Rosma
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $8.49

Newsletter Price -$7.99



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2012 Guat. COE Rosma
33 Lb sealed mylar cryobrick bag

Burman Price - $8.49

Newsletter Price -33 Lbs at $6.49 per Lb


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Rosma:

Currently, the farm produces 235 bags (of which 10 were the COE winning lot) sacs of 69 kg of SHB coffee. Some characteristics of the coffee are: great body, complex acidity and citric. It has been used several times, by Anacafé to promote Highland Huehue Region. Rosma is located in San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango, 300 km from Guatemala City, heading towards the Mexican border.

Rosma was founded by its owner Dr. Fredy Morales Merida, who inherited the land from his father Mr. Alejandro Morales Herrera. Dr. Morales Merida, on his own initiative, started cultivating and managing the land 20 years ago. One of his best achievements was the construction of a proper road, which not only gave the farm better access, but neighbours as well. Another achievement was the acquisition of a natural water spring, about 5 km away from the plantation, which facilitated and improved the irrigation. Both of these achievements are necessary foundations for a successful plantation. 

Due to the topography of the land, it was difficult and took a lot of work to build the facilities necessary for the production of coffee, one of them being a coffee mill. Therefore, the Coffee Mill has now become a highlight of the property. The coffee plantation begins at 4500 to 5000 feet above sea level. Precipitation is about 1800ml yearly and the dry season beginnings on December through May. The temperature varies from 14 to 28 Cº. The plantation is relatively new. The first ones were soiled in 1982. The varieties grown are Catuaí, Caturra and Bourbon. 

The topography is typical of Sierra Los Cuchumatanes, with high altitudes but also a difficult inclination as well as many pendants. However, this topography also poses natural difficulties making cultivation and transportation difficult among other things.  “Finca Rosma” has been cataloged as a sustainable coffee farm, taking care of two basic criteria: Environmental and social responsibility. They provide housing, schools and medical assistance to employees of the farm. 

To preserve soil and biodiversity the plantation is shade grown. This is beneficial to the plantation, native forest and wildlife.  To process coffee, they use an ecologic wet mill: Acquiring superior quality in the coffee mill, due to its efficient water cascades washing system. Controlling the water exceeds in the whole wet milling process. Reducing the waste water contamination, through decantation piles, this helps preserve the natural environment of the Estate.

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 bodied and very clean and smooth with just enough brightness to make your tongue dance a bit.  There are wonderful tones of malt, fruit, toffee, and brown sugar.  The acidity is prevelant but mellow, with a little fuller body and classic malty tone, you’re left with a smooth clean finish on this cup. Overall a fantastic cup of coffee you could enjoy anytime however it would compliment a dessert like ice-cream very well. 

Roasting Notes:
This is a not too light but not too dark type of coffee - I would keep the range from city to full city to retain all the wonderful flavors and keep it pretty exotic. Also good darker but it will burn out some of the real cool tones in this cup.