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Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estates - Sigri Kula Peaberry

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New 2017/18 crop!

This season we went with what they call Kula processing. Kula processing means only dried on raised drying beds and double screened via color sorter and double hand picking. Basically means the best of the best from Carpenter Estates.

These Sigri Estate 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.

Tasting Notes:
Similar to the AA bean but with a bit stronger fruit tones coming through. Silky smooth and very clean. Lower acidity with good sweetness and balance. Very chocolaty/caramel type cup of coffee with some very cool nutty(almond) accents. If you roast before 2nd crack, which is preferred, one can balance in some melon and fruit acidity into the mix which is a big plus to the depth of flavor.

Roasting Notes:
Good almost anywhere - I would still avoid real light roasts for you will find a bit of raw acidity and underdeveloped darker tones. City plus to as dark as you want to go. To see it shine, keep it before 2nd crack. Dark roasts will impress dark roast fans but will burn out many tones that make this cup pretty stellar.

 

Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estates -
Sigri Kula Peaberry
1 Lb Bag

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Guatemalan Fraijanes Premium
Pacamara Finca Teanzul

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Finca Teanzul (whose owners have helped develop and change Guatemalan coffee) is 320 hectares and boasts Catuai, Pacamara, Caturra, Bourbon and Bourbon Amarillo. They also have many more experimental varietals.

This is a 100% Pacamara offering. Pacamara is known for its complex sweet versus earthy tones. Most of the time, including this offering, Pacamaras are very large beaned. Although this coffee is unscreened most of it is 19+ screen size.

Finca Teanzul is managed by Fito and Adolfo (father and son). They moved from their South Coast Fincas in 2006 to Fraijanes due to the coffee crisis, fungus (Ojo de Gallo), and extreme weather patterns.

Surrounding Teanzul, the Boppel's also created additional Fincas in 2012 with Finca San Francisco and in 2015 Finca Alejandria. With Alejandria, the Boppel's are planting 60,000 trees per year as the soil has never had coffee planted there prior, it was a cattle farm. They are blessed with water springs in both Finca Teanzul and also in Finca San Francisco. The farms boast medical services for the area and a school for the workers and their children.

Fito was a past president of Anacafe and on the board for 17 years and his son, Adolfo, was on the board of Anacafe for 4 years. Enrique Boppel, Fito's father, also help found AEC Association of Experimental Coffee in 1957 (from AEC AnaCafe was founded in 1960). In the late 1970's Fito and 5 other founding members of AnaCafe went on to found CAFCOM to continue pushing experimentation, establishing sustainability practices, and support small farmers.

Tasting Notes:
A very cool cup of Joe. Very sweet with good body, a nice clean cup with a little acidity up front, balanced with complex semi-earthy dark tones (like an Indo but much cleaner). A little soft fruit, a little chocolaty factor, and if taken darker a pleasant roast note adding to it all.

Roasting Notes:
Medium to dark roast beans, very versatile. A bit more exotic at the medium roast with a bit of acidity. Classic Pacamara tones at the darker roasts and a cup everyone will love.


Guatemalan Fraijanes Premium Pacamara Finca Teanzul
1 Lb Bag

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Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon

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Bali Organic Blue Moon is sourced from family owned farms located in the Kintamani highlands on the island province of Bali, Indonesia. Coffee is grown in the volcanic soils of Mount Agung along with citrus trees that provide shade and another source of income. Coffee production is typically organized around a Subak Abian, which refers to the ecologically sustainable irrigation systems developed more than 1,000 years ago by Hindu priest who practice Tri Hita Karana (the three sources of prosperity), a philosophy focused on the harmonization between the environment, humans and God.

Tasting Notes:
A very rich, clean, and smooth cup with just a hint of sweet lemon acidity balanced with a nice chocolaty undertone. Medium to full bodied with low acidity, a nice daily cup. Hints of slight smoky tones and soft fruit can be found, especially in a darker roast.

Roasting Notes:
I like to take this one to a full city. It is very versatile and will hold almost any roast. Usually I drink this Indo a touch lighter than I take Sumatras.


Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon
1 Lb Bag

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Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe
Gr. 1 Kochere

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This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms in the Kochere district of the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. The Gedeo region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. The Kochere micro-region has long been known as one of the best origins for 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 chocolaty cup of coffee balanced with some nice floral tones and a tropical fruit note. Very clean and balanced with a little acidity. An exotic cup almost anyone will love. A medium bodied coffee that gets a bit jammy at the full city roast.

Roasting Notes:
Light to dark it is a tasty cup. Very bright and floral with tea like attributes at the light roasts. Very bakers chocolaty and edgy with some smoky notes at the darker roasts. In between is where you get the nice chocolate versus tropical fruit note which most will prefer.

 

Ethiopian Washed Yirgacheffe
Gr. 1 Kochere
1 Lb Bag

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Kenya BCT Othaya Peaberry

A great fresh Kenya Peaberry arrival!

Kenya Nyeri Othaya coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society Limited (FCS), in Nyeri County, Kenya, on the eastern slopes of Aberdares mountain ranges. Othaya FCS was established in 1956, has 19 factories (wet mills), and more than 14,000 members. Each factory processes coffee from farmers who generally have half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees. Othaya FCS also has its own dry mill operation in Gatuyaini.

Tasting Notes:
A very nice darker toned Kenya PB - at light roasts it will still be pretty bright but the brightness mutes up at a strong medium roast. Classic Kenya chocolaty factor with a little caramel tone poking out. Honey like sweetness and 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 seconds into second crack for a much lower acidity cup with a very nice depth of flavors.


Kenya BCT Othaya Peaberry
1 Lb Bag

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Haitian Baptiste – High Altitude - UCOCAB Group – Cab/Codat Co-op

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This is another great Cafe Kreyol offering. Thet go into some of the most impoverished and trouble areas that are within prime coffee growing territory, organizes farmers, teaches how to correctly process beans, guarantees purchase of the beans at way above market prices insuring it goes directly to the farmers and strives to really turn around some of the more trouble areas, putting people to work at well above average wages and insuring future livelihoods.

Joey, the head of Cafe Kreyol even strives for his US employees the above statement. He finds the hardest working individuals with great work ethics that for one reason or another have really been put down with employment and troubled times to help them recover and build a resume while also being able to help others.

One can feel real good about supporting any of Cafe Kreyols projects and for the most part - really tasty coffees as well.

Cafe Kreyol projects including this one are project coffees (although this is the nicest screen out of the lot), these are not a 0 defect beautiful large screen coffee. It takes around 5-7 years to really turn out a prime coffee operation and most of these are on year 2-3. Great tasting cups but keep in mind - not the worlds best screen.

Tasting Notes:
A very pleasant and smooth cup of coffee. Lower acidity and medium to full bodied. A small hint of islandy acidity at the light to medium roast points, which is what really separates this lot from many others we have had. Nutty, chocolaty with some small hints of soft fruit and floral tones at the lighter roast points. Turns pretty bold and bakers chocolaty into the dark roasts. A great gentle cup of coffee.

Roasting Notes:
We recommend a strong medium roast - just before the 2nd crack - keeps it fuller bodied and smooth. A cool cup at a city plus roast as well but will be nuttier with that island acidity. Dark roast is very tasty as well and pretty close to the Haitian Blue Mountain.


Haitian Baptiste – High Altitude - UCOCAB Group – Cab/Codat Co-op
1 Lb Bag

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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.

Bali is a tiny island– actually, a submerged volcano peak - just off the east coast of Java, with many small coffee farms. The farmers who grow Kintamani Natural belong to cooperative organizations known as Subak Abian (SA) founded on a Hindu philosophy known as “Tri Hita Karana” (the three causes of happiness). SA co-ops foster community in agricultural, social and religious activities, and have been certified Organic since 2008. Pesticides are never used on their coffee farms, and fertilizers are 100% organic.

New 2017/18 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 exotic and unique 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!

Tasting Notes:
Very fruity and smooth, low acidity and fuller bodied. This crop year is a little closer to its Indonesian roots with the full body and a bit more of a bakers chocolate tone coming in the aftertaste. A little less extreme than previous years but just as tasty.

Roasting Notes:
City plus to right before 2nd crack is going to be the sweet spot. Super light roasting and the chocolaty factor is a bit earthy but if you hit the lighter roast right, adds a little hint of citrus acidity which can be tasty but risks of overly earthy makes me push it more towards a medium roast. Right before 2nd crack mutes up a bit of fruit but gets more like a single origin mokka java, a bit rough chocolate and a bit of fruit - almost anyone would like that cup!


Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese
Kintamani Natural
1 Lb Bag

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2017 Guatemalan Fraijanes Premium Flat
Finca De Dios

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Finca De Dios is really catching steam as one of the more premier Guatemalan coffee farms. The coffee keeps getting better and better each year.

Similar to Edwins farm, De Dios is a model of sustainability and treats its workers better than 99% of other farms in the region; providing education, infrastructure and medical care.

Almost forty years ago, a horse lover bought the farm with the intent of lodging his horses. A few years later, he was transferred because of work reasons. His daughter; Ellen Prentice, who remained in Guatemala, was left in charge of the farm. She started to tend the few hectares of coffee that the farm had and planted most of the farm with coffee, with the exception of the natural forests.

Four years ago, after inheriting her piece of the original farm, she proceeded to name it Finca de Dios, in memory of her father who had dedicated his land to God. Since then they have been building the necessary infrastructure, which her part did not have, including a wet mill. Even though small in comparison to most of the big coffee farms, we agree with the saying that says that some of the best things in life come in small packages.

They want to preserve the beauty of all of God’s creation and therefore have reserved more than one third of their land to the preservation of natural forests. In this way, they hope that birds and other wildlife can find a safe haven; a place to call home.

They believe that they have been blessed so that they can be a blessing to others. They strive to treat their workers with dignity and love so that they can work in an atmosphere of respect and peace. They try to accommodate workers with special needs to jobs they can best handle. They also try to teach those who work with them values and principles; especially the importance of working with excellence so that their clients can enjoy drinking an exceptional cup of coffee.

Tasting Notes:
A great super fresh and clean microlot from our friends at Finca De Dios. Awesome prep, one can tell a lot of care went into these beans. Light roasts produce a lot of floral brightness and light fruit notes (almost reminiscent of a nice Costa) mixing with a subtle yet very sweet malty chocolaty note - a great morning brew - darker roasts will produce more body similar to the Huehues - very clean non-roasty dark-roast beans - you get a lot of the sweet malty tones and very smooth even into 2nd crack - a very stand up bean at almost any roast level.

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast; you’ll get a great cup at most roast levels. Lighter roasts accent the fruitier brightness, deeper levels deliver smooth, rich chocolate malty flavors and a hint of smokiness - awesome and clean dark roast notes.


2017 Guatemalan Fraijanes
Premium Flat Finca De Dios
1 Lb Bag

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Acai Berry Black

Black tea, blue flower with natural acai berry flavor.





Steeping Time - 3 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

This is a solid-bodied malty tea backed by a sweet berry punch. The powerful acai berry mellows out when fully steeped, but the raspberry flavor hovers in the background. Surprisingly sweet and refreshing, makes a good iced tea.


Acai Berry Black
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Guatemalan SHB MWP

Guatemalan coffees are always some of our favorites!

This is a very fresh new crop Guat offerings, freshness in processing is always key in tasty decafs.

Processed via the MWP method - Mountain Water Processing this is part of the Royal Select line of decafs, which only use premium screens and lots instead of the usually "leftovers" that commercial coffee uses.

Tasting Notes:
A little darker toned but smooth and rich cup of Decaf. Malty tones with a little floral aspect are the main tones but one can also see hints of a chocolaty factor and a little spice.

Roasting Notes:
Decafs roast more quickly, so keep an eye on it the first time. A versatile roaster, take it medium to dark for a nice crisp cup.


Decaffeinated Guatemalan SHB MWP
1 Lb bag

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