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Brazil Sao Francisco Estate Mokka Peaberry

New crop just arrived in January. The first arrival of our more boutique Brazil offerings. This is a smaller natural processed mokka style peaberry. Very tasty stuff.

I tell you, this coffee will hold a special place in my heart and mind. One of our first stops on a great Brazilian coffee hunt back in August '12 - we have been buddies with Nilton ever sense - meeting up with him in Atlanta at the SCAA last year.

Sao Francisco is a decent sized family farm that uses very modern techniques to produce the beans, big mechanical harvesters and fields and fields of coffee are quite astonishing to the eye. (Very tasty beans at a reasonable price). Picked, sorted and dried to perfection - almost every detail of growth and processing is tracked and monitored so they can constantly improve the quality of the coffee.

I was astonished in Alta Mogiana - it really seemed you could toss a seed at any time during the year and it would grow and thrive - a perfect place to grow almost anything (year-round) and it was at enough altitude to produce denser coffee - about 4000 feet average.

Although Sao has giant fields of coffee it doesn't mean they cleared the natural areas - quite the habitat they maintain - wild giant packs of capybara - many snakes and pond habitats - birds galore. Funny story - wandering his fields in the middle of the night I was chased by a pack of about 30 capybaras - never been so scared in my life (although I am pretty sure they are harmless - definitely intimidating to have a pack run at you). Quite the adventure finding these beans.

Tasting Notes: 
The first thing I noticed about this years crop was the way sweeter and decently smoother tones - Niltons coffee are often very dark toned, edgy and full of malt, chocolate and nuttiness - so why the big switch? Nilton finally finished building his dry mill on the farm! This is the first year he did not have to contract out to the big guys to run the final processing on them. Cup qualities are definitely going in the right direction. Very clean coffee, you can drink it at a nice light roast, very nutty but very sweet with nothing tasting too underdeveloped - strange for a Brazil to be this clean. If you start dabbling in the medium to dark roast range you get some smokey, caramel and chocolaty cup factors mixing with the very sweet nutty tones. Pretty low acidity beans to start.

Roasting Notes: 
City+ to Full City roast highly recommended (medium to borderline dark). Quicker roasts will be crisper than slower roasts. Great prep on the beans and being so clean tasting - an very easy coffee to roast. If you like nuttiness to the cup - take it on the lighter side, looking for smoke of a smokey caramel try it closer to 2nd crack. Will still get pretty strong and bold into the dark roasts.



Brazil Sao Francisco Estate Mokka Peaberry
1 Lb Bag

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Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Honey

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The honey processing on these beans is very close to the washed processing - very clean honey processing. It does leave it with a hint more sweetness and body but a little less acidity. Not as unqiue as some of our other honey processed coffees but very tasty indeed.

Nicaraguan Selva Negra coffee is cultivated in the most ecological, environmentally and socially friendly way possible. Selva Negra's history is in many ways the history of the coffee in Nicaragua altogether. In the 1880's the Nicaraguan government invited young German immigrants to come and settle in Nicaragua in order to promote coffee growing in the northern highlands. Many young immigrants accepted the offer, thus forming the main coffee plantations of the country; many of them bare names of their motherland. Selva Negra's (Black Forest) Coffee Estate is called Hammonia, Latin for Hamburg. Located approximately 4,000 ft. above sea level, Hammonia has been producing fine old style Arabica coffee for over 100 years. Eddy Kühl & Mausi Kühl-Hayn, the farm's proprietors are descendants of two of these original German immigrants - Alberto Vogl and Klaus KÜhl.

Selva Negra Estate Coffee is grown at a high altitude in a shaded environment. This allows the bean to have a slow development cycle which instills an intense and fulfilling flavor to each bean. The coffee is not only 100% Arabica, but more importantly it is grown on a large percentage of Bourbon and Typica coffee trees (which produce higher quality beans than other varieties of coffee trees). The region of Matagalpa, Nicaragua is mountainous with excellent volcanic soil for the coffee growing enjoyment. Finally, the coffee is prepared using an environmentally friendly washing process, which gives the coffee still one more unique quality enhancing aspect.

Tasting Notes:
A very clean and sweet cup of coffee. Medium to full bodied with just a little hint of acidity. Lighter roasts produce a pretty delicate cup with a hint more floral aspect than darker roasts with pretty soft hints of a chocolate/caramel undertone. Darker roasts produce a very cool sweet malty and smokey type cup - much fuller bodied with a bit more strength to it. Really dark gets a bit edgy.

Roasting Notes:
A good clean cup at almost any roast point. A little lighter bodied at very light roast points but the body builds nicely at even a city plus roast. We liked it best just before 2nd crack - kept it nice and smooth but built up decent body and the nice smokey malty tone.


Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Honey
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.60
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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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Colombian Huila Timana Aguas Claras

Huila coffees are always some of my favorite Colombians, decently smoother with a hint more sweetness than most. The buttery body texture is what made Huila coffee famous in the first place and this cup is a great example. 

This is the 2nd lot of Huila coffee we have found this year with a premium cup rating of 86+ (depends who you ask but so far the minimum score has been 86) and coming in on newsletter special at $4.25 - easily the best deal on the block for a very highly rated fresh as can be coffee. 

Tasting Notes:
A great super fresh and clean Colombian, a perfect example of what a Colombian should and could be. Full bodied, pretty low acidity with great chocolate tones and a slightly dry nutty finish. What really throws this cup into top notch is a soft fruit tone, almost a dark cherry note just popping it heads into the chocolaty factor of the cup - very tasty! 

Roasting Notes:
Very easy to roast - roast very even and tasty from light to dark. A bit acidic at super light roasts but many will like it light - more traditionally I would go closer to 2nd crack than 1st, much more balanced tones and fuller bodied. Works dark as well but no soft fruit note, full bodied chocolaty and smokey. 


Colombian Huila Timana Aguas Claras
1 Lb Bag

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Papua New Guinea Sigri Estate Peaberry

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New 2016 crop! Our newest relationship coffee and an Estate that is changing the game for PNG coffee.

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 sofr 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 stone 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 Sigri Estate Peaberry
1 Lb Bag

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Indonesian Sumatra Takengon Gr. 1 Mandheling

Indonesian Sumatra is what got me liking premium coffee. It was the first origin I really fell in love with.

The classic character of a Sumatra will be a real full bodied and creamy cup with low acidity. The cup will be marked by a variety of of sweeter semi-earthy tones and a slight smoky finish. They range from a very rough and tumble, in your face cup to a silky smooth milk chocolaty treat.

Sumatra Takengon Mandheling Grade 1 is sourced from the Jagong Mill and surrounding family-owned farms located in the Takengon and Atu Lintang coffee region of Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. Irham Junus owns and operates the Jagong Mill with his son, Andi and daughter, Ina. The Junus family has focused on meticulous ripe cherry selection resulting in something truly unique in Sumatra. The Junus family also has full control of the processing and milling right up to the final export stage, avoiding the long and convoluted supply lines that can compromise Sumatran quality.

Tasting Notes:
Very clean cup for a Sumatra - it gets really chocolaty smooth and sweet even into the 2nd crack. A big strong prime example of a classic Indonesian Sumatra coffee, prep is on the cleaner side as well. Cup is very thick, creamy and chocolaty at a strong medium to dark roasts. This lot is a bit unique for Sumatra, one may notice a little fruit tones on the lighter spectrum of roasting - this will not be fruity at darker roasts but will add a ton of nice sweetness.

Roasting Notes:
We enjoyed this Sumatra at a stronger medium roast, a couple of seconds before the second crack. We found this roast to accentuate the dark chocolate taste but still remain very smooth. Although this is a clean polished coffee, it will roast slightly uneven, as is true with most Indonesians.


Indonesian Sumatra Takengon Gr. 1 Mandheling
1 Lb Bag

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Indonesian Washed Sulawesi -
Toarco Jaya A

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New 2016 crop of the Toarco just arrived! One of our favorite non traditional Indos!

Just about as unique as you can get for a Sulawesi - Thick and creamy but the flavor profile is very far from your average semi-washed Indonesian cup.

For years, this coffee was only available in Japan, as the estate is owned by the Japanese roaster Key Coffee. In recent years they have made it available to us. Established in 1976, this plantation has been undertaking a fully washed process that is unlike anything else produced in Asia. After the harvest, the cherry is stripped off by a mechanical de-pulper and the parchment is allowed to ferment overnight, with no water added. The next morning, the parchment is thoroughly rinsed in tile lined channels and laid out to sun dry. Every parcel is cupped five times between the patio drying and the final bagging. The plantation has a total of 530 hectares, and 300 hectares are planted.

Tasting Notes:
Crisp tones, slight citrus note with an aromatic hints of a light fruit tone, full bodied, sweet and clean this is a stronger of a coffee! Just a bit of the classic Indo earthiness, I might link this coffee closer to an exotic Colombian than an Indo (which is way cool). Very nice rich chocolate tones just add to the mix of delicate flavors present in this cup. A slight smokey aftertaste can be picked up at the darker roast points. This is a must try for anyone who likes a real full bodied complex cup of joe!

Roasting Notes:
We enjoyed this Sulawesi at a darker roast, still nicely complex and balanced. Darker roast will promote that very thick and creamy cup but will mute most of the brightness which is pretty cool to have in the flavor profile.


Indonesian Washed Sulawesi -
Toarco Jaya A
1 Lb Bag

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Moroccan Mint Green Tea


Gunpowder green tea, spearmint, peppermint, and marigold petals.


Steeping time - 3 Minutes
Water Temp - 180 F

Tasting Notes:
A premium-quality interpretation of a classic North African preparation, this “double-mint” green tea will demand your attention with a strong, dark amber cup bursting with flavor. 

This tea is a treat for all the senses. The tiny tea pellets unfold and dance in the teapot as they infuse powerful astringent and bright grassy green tones. The heady mint aroma is noticeable immediately. It takes the force of two kinds of mint to compete with this strong tea, and this blend does not skimp on either the spearmint or the peppermint - when sipped this tea produces a great cooling effect on the palate and the entire body. 

Traditionally, Moroccan mint tea is boiled with generous handfuls of fresh mint and plenty of sugar, poured from high up into small glasses (to improve aeration and flavor!), and ceremoniously served to guests in three rounds - each with a distinct flavor profile, as described in this saying, “The first glass is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is as bitter as death.” And it is a staple of daily public life - throughout the Muslim world, tea bars provide social spaces similar to pubs. 

This tea is at its best with sugar, you may also enjoy it with honey. Try it iced with lemon and a few fresh mint leaves, a perfect summer refreshment.

Moroccan Mint Green Tea
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Ethiopian Natural SWP

SWP - Swiss Water Processed out of Canada- one of the first water only premium methods of Decaffeination. Competes with MWP (Mountain Water Processed) which is out of Mexico and a little different spin on the same water only decaf method.

For this lot, they used a Natural Processed Ethiopian - which in my book is easily the way to go.

Tasting Notes:
Fruity, sweet and chocolaty will be this cup. A bit of of a soft red fruit tone coming from these beans. Much lower acidity than the caffeinated Ethiopians but this leaves the cup a little more jammy bodied and smooth comparatively.

Roasting Notes:
A very nice medium roast coffee - avoid light roasts for you will taste more of the SWP processing and less of the cool bean tones. Also try not to go too dark for you will lose the cool Natural processed coffee tones. Smack dab in the middle.


Decaffeinated Ethiopian Natural SWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.20
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