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Kenya AA Nyeri Kieni

New 2016 Crop! A prime super fresh Kenya AA - definitely the top sort from the Kieni mill. Very crisp and clean with a ton of delicate bright notes popping out. Not too acidic compared to other less delicate Kenyans, a cup almost anyone will love - very dependent on roast. 

Kenya Nyeri Kieni AA is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Kieni Factory (wet mill) in Nyeri County, Kenya. The Mugaga Farmers Co-operative Society Limited manages the Kieni Factory, which processes coffee from members who generally cultivate approximately 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots. 

Tasting Notes:
This is a very nice and fresh Kenyan AA; Incredibly clean with good brightness. A bit more delicate than some but the exotic flavors popping out are bound to impress. The brightness is very balanced with a medium body and a cocoa undertone. There is a hint of spice and just a bit of that Kenyan earthiness (not a bad tone). This cup remains smooth and exotic, sweet and complex. 

Roasting Notes: 
We tend to recommend roasting a bit slower on these nice Kenyans. They can be a bit overly bright otherwise - if your shooting to a darker roast point no need to slow it down but light to medium roasts gain a lot of complexity when slowed down.

Kenya AA Nyeri Kieni
1 Lb Bag

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El Salvador Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos

El Salvador Finca San Rafael Los Naranjos coffee is sourced from the Asociación Cooperativa Agropecuaria de Participación Real San Rafael de R.L. (ACAPARSAR), which operates within the municipality of Juayúa in the department of Sonsonate, El Salvador. ACOPARSAR is a cooperative that was founded in 1980 and has 21members who collectively own the estate where they continue to produce coffee with a sense of deep tradition.  ACOPARSAR has a wet mill and is building a dry mill facility. Members of ACOPARSAR are participating in technical training related to prevention of soil erosion, leaf rust protections, processing improvements, and ways to deal with climate change.

Tasting Notes:
A great very well balanced cup; small hints of acidity, floral notes and sweet with a darker caramel undertone. Medium bodied, smooth, rich and very clean this is a cup you can drink all day long. 

Roasting Notes:
I think a full city roast is the way to go, just before the second crack to just a pop or two into it; gives a really nicely balanced cup. Taken to a dark roast it gets a little rougher around the edges but gets even more caramelly, lighter roast is not recommended but will promote an acidic edge with just a hint of a darker tone.

 

El Salvador - Finca San Rafael - Los Naranjos
1 Lb Bag

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Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural - Flat Bean

New 2015/16 Crop!! A bit delayed upon its arrival but well worth the wait!  

The Brazil Bob-O-Link Co-op is on the cutting edge of sustainability and Microlots - each ML is put together in small batches - blended to perfection by Q cuppers (not really a blend per say... more of a construction of a S/O offering...) - each year they produce hundreds of different Microlot Brazils - We only pick from the best. I was lucky enough to visit their operation in 2012 to see the process in action - very impressive - They have started a processing model that now can be seen across the world - From Mexico to Hawaii every farmer is adopting techniques developed for these beans. 

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.

This is a great cup for you espresso fans!

Tasting Notes:
A nice fuller bodied Bob-O-Link cup - full of darker chocolate notes with just a hint of sweetness and very clean for how darker toned it is. A little bit of acidity at the lighter roasts. Not on the fruity side as many lots in the past (noticable more in the aroma than cup itself), bigger bodied and darker toned - great for you stronger cup fans

Roasting Notes:
This coffee is a very versatile roaster, take it light to dark for a variety of wonderful tastes. I recommend this cup a little bit on the darker side, just before second crack to a couple pops into it - real full bodied and chocolaty... Yum! The Bobolink Coffee comes from one of the highest coffee producing regions in Brazil. With altitudes ranging from 1000-1400 meters, this coffee is all family farmed. Instead of treating coffee as a homogeneous product we believe in focusing on smaller lots and harvesting unique flavors. We are a network of farmers working together and exchanging information in order to innovate, evolve, and produce some of the most special coffees in the world. Our philosophy is to achieve the highest quality out of each bean while taking into account social and environmental responsibility.

The varieties used to produce this coffee are among the highest quality producing Arabica beans available: Yellow and Red Bourbon, Yellow and Red Catuai, and Red Mundo Novo. Our agricultural methods aim to produce in harmony with nature. This means both utilizing nature to create a healthy balance of shade and rich soil, and respecting the habitats of animals and keeping springs and waterways clean. The coffee is all handpicked selectively at the ripest stage of the fruit to ensure flavor, sweetness, and a clean cup! The coffee is then dried naturally, either in raised beds or on cement patios. Our advantage in being family farms is that we can and do watch over our coffee at all times.
Upon harvest and drying we take the beans through an extensive cupping process in order to eliminate any lots that don’t meet quality standards. Because coffee is such a sensitive plant – to sunlight, rain, and temperature – and because we work with various small lots we cannot assure that the coffee will always taste the same but hopefully improve as we continue to evolve!
What you should find in a bobolink coffee is a clean and stable cup that has rich chocolate and a hint of nuts. At a lighter roast the complexity of the flavors are more vivid with a higher acidity and hints of citrus. As you roast the coffee darker, the sugars will caramelize creating a rich chocolate flavor. My suggestions for this coffee are to brew it as an espresso or as a drip. The stability and sweetness of this coffee makes for a rich taste that lingers smoothly in the aftertaste.

Our aim is to reach a relationship with our consumer and tell the story of how this coffee was produced. We are constantly working on ways to improve the quality of the cup and the quality of life!

Felipe Barretto Croce


Brazil Bob-O-Link Nature Friendly Natural - Flat Bean
1 Lb bag

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El Salvador Pacamara Santa Leticia Natural

Fans of the El Sal Pacamara Washed beware - this is the full natural version - very fruity and wild - incredibly tasty but very unique.

At the end of the year 1870, Francisco Menendez, a very important person in Salvadorean history, he is the father of their education system, and he also began what was going to be known as Finca Santa Leticia. In 1886, he became the Constitutional President of El Salvador, he created one of the most liberal Constitutions of his times in Latin America, in El Salvador they celebrate “Teacher’s Day” on the day of his death,(1890), the 22nd of June, on his honor.

His grandsons, Ricardo and Mauricio Valdivieso are the owners and managers of Santa Leticia. Santa Leticia is located by the Cerrito de Apaneca, a place full of mistery, home of the Maya philosophers, it is surrounded by beautiful colorful towns, taking part of the “Mayan Route”, it is also considered to be in one of the best areas for cultivating coffee in Central America, thanks to its rich volcanic soil land.

Santa Leticia is not only a coffee farm, it has thousands of forest trees which increase the biodiversity of the area and generate refugee for local and migratory bird population .

Tasting Notes: 
An awesome cup very similar to the Indonesian Bali Natural Kintamani or Colombian Natural Finca Ilusion or many Ethiopian Naturals. Wild fruit tones, very jammy body, very sweet with incredible aromatics. A little fuller bodied and clean - a little bit of acidity but by no means over the top. Nice smooth finish. Besides the huge beans, one would have trouble identifying it as a Pacamara - not really earthy - a faint hint can be found in the aftertaste but its a stretch linking this cup to a traditional Pacamara. I do love my Pacamaras in general but this cup is quite fantastic even though the strain heritage is faint.

Roasting Notes: 
Best at a light to full city roast.  Lighter you will you will pick up more raw acidity and wild fruit, at a medium (city +) you will taste the great sweetness and more defined berry that you may loose if roasted too dark. 

 

El Salvador Pacamara Santa Leticia Natural
1 Lb bag

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Brazil Finca Primavera Premium Fully Washed

A fully washed Brazil is a rareity. Almost 99.9% of Brazils are Natural Processed or Honey Processed. Besides the unique processing for this origin, the cup is very pleasant in its tones. Following his father’s footsteps, producer Ricardo Tavares has dedicated his life to the coffee industry. As an innovator, he promotes and supports new coffee practices. Fazenda Primavera is located in the municipality of Angelândia, Minas Gerais. The farm altitude is between 1000 to 1050 meters above sea level, which promotes the cultivation of specialty coffee. Furthermore, the climate also provides favorable conditions with average temperatures between 68 and 75 °F annually and precipitation of 3 to 4 ft. Fazenda Primavera has state of the art installations including a 258333 ft² drying patio, 14 electric dryers, and equipment for processing fully washed coffees. The farm cultivates predominately Red and Yellow Catuaí (95%), but it has slowly introducing new varieties such as Novo Mundo. The farm certificates include Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Minas Coffee and Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.

Tasting Notes: Very smooth and much more refined than your average Brazil. Chocolaty, smokey and nutty will be the predominate flavors at the darker roast points with a little sweeter edge than most. Medium roast will be much smoother and far less nutty than the average Brazil with a hint of crisp acidity. Holds up light but a little grassy. Although i do enjoy this as a single origin drinker - it is amazing for a blend base - roasts very clean and even and is neutral enough to easily create a tasty custom blend.

Roasting Notes: Medium roast to dark roast beans. I prefer a medium roast for an S/O drinker, a little darker for a blend base.  

Brazil Finca Primavera Premium Fully Washed
1 Lb Bag

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Uganda Org. Sipi Falls Bugisu

Uganda Org. RFA UTZ fully washed Sipi Falls coffee is sourced from family owned farms located in the Bugisu region on the slopes of Mount Elgon in the Kapchorwa district, Uganda.  The Bugisu region is named after the Bugisu people who are indigenous to this area.  The Sipi Falls coffee project, named after a trio of majestic waterfalls, was established in 1999 to strengthen quality coffee production in the region and create a sustainable income for farmers.  

Small production Africans are a hit this year - We are not sure if its the weather but arrival after arrival of these smaller producing African countries continues to wow and this was one of our favorites. 

Tasting Notes:
Clean, sweet, balanced and fresh as can be. This cup mimics a very nice Kenyan auction lot - way cool for a Uganda coffee and nice for us consumers as well for a similar cup out of Kenya would be a couple bucks more. Caramel/molasses tones, floral tones and chocolaty tones make for a very nice treat. Good from light to dark - this cup does contain some good acidity so balance it out by your roast level preference. 

Roasting Notes:
I think our favorite roast was a city + - a little on the lighter side, leaves it a little more acidic but sweet clean caramel and floral aspects make for a pretty tasty cup - taken to a full city bring out a bunch more body and darker tones - also tasty but not quite as delicate, sweet and smooth. 


Uganda Org. Sipi Falls Bugisu
1 Lb Bag

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Costa Rican SHB EP Tarrazu La Pastora

New long awaited 2016 crop! 

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.

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 little stronger floral aspect and medium brightness (gets a good lemongrass tone at lighter roast points).  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 to dark 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 Tarrazu La Pastora
1 Lb Bag

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Green Tea - Pinhead Org. Gunpowder Wuyuan 

Even, rolled, pellet shaped leaf with smooth, nutty flavor.

Steeping Time - 3-4 Minutes

Water Temp - 175-185 F

This is your classic green tea type tones. A little higher acidity, slightly edgy with a robust spicy note, a bit of dried apricot and anise. 

This gunpowder is a heavier robust tea. Fun to watch the tea leaves expand (grows an exponential amount). A fairly dark toned green tea; classically toned. 

 

Pinhead Org. Gunpowder Wuyuan
4 Ounce Bag

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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

Burman Price - $6.80
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