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Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa

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New 2016/17 Crop! Always excited for this coffee to arrive - each year is different but equally as stellar - a little less acidity this year, sweet and chocolaty as always.

Rwanda FT Dukunde Kawa Musasa coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the numbers of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill.

More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women, and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, and programs to protect the environment, which won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is also internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of the Excellence annual auction.

Tasting Notes:
Very nice and balanced bright and chocolaty coffee - a lot of sweetness and crispness - great identifiable and rich chocolate tones with a medium body and nicely balanced with soft floral and fruit. Soft vanilla tones and a little herbal spice are present before 2nd crack.

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 Musasa
1 Lb Bag

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Mexican Washed FTO Oaxaca

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New 2016/17 crop!

Our Mexican Terruno has dried up for the year- next shot will be in the summer. We found this tasty offering, as close of a cup as we could find and certified up the wazoo - very nice Co-op but not personal friends of our like the Terruno.

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around Oaxaca. The cooperative has 170 members, of which, 40 percent are women. Through the cooperative, members gain better access to the international coffee markets and greater earning capacity from direct trade relationships. The cooperative has reinvested earnings in diversification initiatives with a particular emphasis on empowering women’s groups to be the vehicle for progress in their communities.

Tasting Notes:
A very cool and unique Mexican coffee. A little fuller bodied than most others, good sweetness and a bit of a floral caramel note. A bit lower acidity than previous lots 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:
Nice medium to darker roast cup. Very easy to roast just a little acidic at the light roast points.

 

Mexican Washed FTO Oaxaca
1 Lb Bag

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Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 1 - Torea Village - Top Lot

Fresh 2016/17 crop!

Traversing east about 30 minutes off the main road north out of Yirgacheffe township, one comes to the famous Idido mill (formerly Abdullah Bagersh’s Misty Valley) and then around the hillside to the very well-run Idido Cooperative. While still technically within the realm of the Yirgacheffe District, you are standing right on the border of an area called Repe.

Continuing up the Komolcha Drainage to the northeast, you will find yourself atop the Benti-Gure Ridge. The altitudes here reach 3000 meters-- making them, in effect, the paramo of the entire Gedeo Zone. While coffee cannot grow that high, of course, along the flanks of this ridge there are trees producing at altitudes up to 2500 meters! This shocking statistic has been verified by altimeter.

The Torea station is located below the ridge and is the main catchment for farmers coming down along the drainage. This coffee has been prepared to a Grade 1 standard (meaning 0-3 defects per 300 gram sample).

Tasting Notes:
Washed processed coffees like this are what made Ethiopian coffee famous. This cup is bound to impress. Very unique cup profile - One will find very rich floral and sweet citrus notes upfront mixing with a little hint of tart cherry - coming from the acidity - balanced with a fairly pronounced dark chocolate note. A super clean cup whose tones will be very greatly dependent on roast.

Roasting Notes:
A very fun cup to play with. A very clean Ethiopian like this is one of the rare offerings that will hold very light roast points and not taste super grassy, earthy and sour. Crisp high acidity at light roasts with a faint hint of a developing chocolaty note and very floral. Medium roasts start to bring the best balance of tones, a little floral, a little fruit and a little chocolaty - not too extreme and will satisfy most who love African cups. Dark roasts turn very chocolaty with some spice and smoky notes, also a wonderful cup in its own regard. At the darker roasts it will be a bit thicker tasting with strong bakers chocolate and smoky tones.


Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe Gr. 1 - Torea Village - Top Lot
1 Lb Bag

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2016 Hawaiian 100% Estate Maui; Yellow Cattura Washed

New 2016/17 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 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.


2016 Hawaiian 100% Estate Maui; Yellow Cattura Washed
1 Lb Bag

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2017 Guatemalan Huehue. Premium Flat Finca La Esperanza Francisco Morales

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A stellar top lot to kick off the new 2017 Guatemalans.

The first lot in and a top pick from Edwin and his crew. We cannot wait to see what else comes down the road but wont mind waiting with a cup of this Guat in hand.

Francisco Morales starting in coffee at age 16 and is the owner of La Esperanza, located in El Coyegual; a small town in Huehue. He maintains an incredible farm. The coffees characteristic are a fruit forward; balanced cup, which is a bit unique for a Huehue (be a little forewarned if you love the dry malty tones of the traditional Huehue.).

Francisco is a gentleman that greets you with a wide smile and a friendly pat in your back. His lots are manicured and his trees are well taken care of. His family's home sits across the valley from his farm and you can gaze over his entire estate from his drying patios.

Tasting Notes:
Great crisp, sweet and clean acidity. Tropical fruit and wonderful aromatics are the first to hit the tongue. Balanced with a nice malty finish - one picks up a little wine y ness in the transition between the acidic notes and darker tones - the only real hint this is a Huehue cup. An exotic Guat that almost everyone will love.

Roasting Notes:
We would recommend a light to medium roast - taken too close or into 2nd crack will really mute up what makes this cup stellar - not a high acidity cup but not for those who hate acidity. Super clean coffee, don't worry about it tasting under developed.


2017 Guatemalan Huehue. Premium Flat Finca La Esperanza Francisco Morales
1 Lb Bag

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Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural PB (Mokka)

New 16/17 Crop!! Always a favorite of mine - this special blend of Bob-O-Link Mokka PB is put together for us by our friends at Finca Ambiental Fortaleza (Brazil FAF) who produce some of Brazils leading microlots. This year the cup was too highly rated for the Bob-O-Link mark and made FAF ML status (only there highest rated coffees).

This is a Mokka style, smaller natural peaberry. This is one unique and very tasty Brazil. Brazil Peaberries are rare, and this offering is even rarer this could very well be the only Mokka peaberry out of the whole country.

Our friend Edgar Munn (our connection and distributor to the Jamaican Mavis Banks Mill) was nice enough to pass through this relationship coffee, awesome coffee, awesome project... You cannot get any better!

I was lucky enough to get invited to the farm (FAF/Bob-O-Link) in August of 2012; to see first hand just how great this operation is.

Bob-O-Link has a great website where you can see photos of the farms and growing families along with some great information about ongoing projects and their sustainable farming.

Tasting Notes:
A very unique cup of Brazil and always one of my favorites! Medium to full bodied - sweet with a little bit of acidity (especially for a Brazil) - This cup holds true to the Mokka profile; nice crisp fruit tones balanced with an awesome milk chocolate undertone - very nice! Crisp, clean and fresh as can be - this is a cup you will not want to miss!

Roasting Notes:
This coffee is a very versatile roaster but very different from light to dark, a little lighter will accentuate the fruity acidic notes and sugar like sweetness of the cup but the darker chocolate notes will just be a hint - right before the second crack was perfectly balanced and nice - darker roasts will be a lot stronger and less fruity of a cup but has nice chocolate tones and still very enjoyable.


Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural PB (Mokka)
1 Lb Bag

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Kenya AA BCT Top Lot

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Beautiful screen and prep - great fresh AA screen.

Kenyan coffee is considered by many to be some of the worlds best.

Kenyans (including this one) are know for their complexity and depth of flavor. You will find all sorts of small minute notes including a refreshing citrus, slight berry, lemongrass, cocoa, molasses and a variety of other.

A little less acidic than some of its cousins but still very crisp and clean.

Tasting Notes:
A very nice darker toned Kenya AA - at light roasts it will still be pretty bright but the brightness mutes up at a strong medium roast. Classic Kenya herbal tone makes it very identifiable. Very clean with increasing body as the roast gets darker. A great balance between citrus, floral, herbal and chocolate. Easy to change the balance of these tones by roast level - a very fun coffee to play around with.

Roasting Notes:
Kenyan coffees can be tricky to roast but not this guy - tasty from light to dark although best balance achieved at a city plus to full city. If you are a bright coffee fan, quick light roasts will be perfect and leave the cup as crisp, sweet and refreshing as it can be. Not such a bright coffee fan? Try drawing out the roast and take it to a full city to a few second into second crack for a much lower acidity cup with a very nice depth of flavors.


Kenya AA BCT Top Lot
1 Lb Bag

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Green Dragon - Tung Ting Formosa Oolong




Perfectly processed leaves from Luku Township, Taiwan.


Steeping Time - 3-6 Minutes

Water Temp - 180-200 F

“Tung Ting” translates as “Frozen Summit,” the name of the mountain where these leaves are grown. This tea demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving – it is rolled into relatively large, loose balls (typically considered to indicate lower quality than small, tight rolls), many of which contain large woody stems (perhaps looking rough and unsightly to Westerners more accustomed to ground leaves in tea bags) – but it is one of the finest and tastiest teas that we carry.

Very lightly oxidized (less than 10%), these leaves are dark glossy green and mostly still intact, with 3-4 attractive serrated leaves on each stem uncurling impressively to fill up the steeping vessel and infuse an amber liquor with a wonderful woody-nutty aroma.

Well-suited to refined tastes, it is less sweet than most of our teas, yet still has a rich velvety mouth-feel. Dominated by buttery-nutty flavors at the front, complimented by minor malty and astringent layers which are mostly overpowered by a bouquet of floral notes including dandelion and vanilla, and eventually superseded by cedar, almond, pomegranate, and melon tones which linger with only a hint of dryness.

It is not only the unique terroir which makes these leaves exceptional, but also the inclusion of the stems, providing much of the nutty tones as well as improving the health benefits of the tea, much like the famous Japanese “Kukicha” (“twig tea”). Hotter and longer steeping will infuse the stems more, though it will also cause leaves to become more bitter.

Oolong teas, situated somewhere between green and black categories, are very flexible, and may be steeped hotter or cooler, longer or shorter, to produce different but equally delicious cups. Please experiment to find what you like best! We also recommend that you re-steep these leaves at least once, to fully appreciate the many nuances, or to try it in the traditional Chinese method – a series of small cups steeped first for 30 seconds, then an additional 30 seconds for each subsequent re-steeping. Enjoy 5 or more small cups, note the change in aroma and flavor profile as the leaves unfurl and infuse little by little.

Both Garry and Tyler count this as their favorite BCT tea!

Green Dragon - Tung Ting Formosa Oolong
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Brazil - Mountain Water Processed

A great super clean Decaf Brazil and top notch.

Hard to tell this one is a decaf!

This Brazil has a very fruity wet aroma. Medium bodied with a dark chocolate nuttiness. A smooth, rich, clean cup perfect for those decaf espresso drinks.

Great as a single origin Americana or Espresso, also works well in decaf espresso blends. Try it with our decaf Sumatra (15%) and our decaf Guatemalan (15%).

I found this coffee best roasted to a full city, just before the second crack. It is versatile, could be taken lighter or darker depending on your preference.


Decaffeinated Brazil - Mountain Water Processed
1 Lb bag

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