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Tanzanian Peaberry Mbeya Ndugu Hills

First new crop Tanz arrival (2016/17) and a stellar one at that!

This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Ndugu Hills factory located in the Mbeya region, Tanzania. Tanzania has both the lowest and highest elevations in all of Africa, the floor of Lake Tanganyika (352 meters below sea level) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters above sea level) are both located in Tanzania. This coffee growing region is south of these extreme landmarks, formed on the slopes of Mount Rungwe. The rounder shaped peaberry, formed from the maturation of one seed per cherry rather than the typical two seeds, is meticulously sorted during the milling process for its distinct flavor profiles.

Tasting Notes:
A great Tanz PB - chocolaty with some spice notes. Medium bodied with some very clean new crop acidity leaving the cup a bit sweeter and crisper than many of our previous batches. The unique thing about this cup is the acidity is reminiscent of an island coffee - little hints of soft fruit and floralness, a bit less citrus acidity than most Africans. As the cup cools one will pick up a little bit of that classic African herbal note.

Roasting Notes: 
We like this coffee at a medium to dark roast. Try extending the roast at the light to medium roast points to build a little more body and undertones. Make sure to let it set up at lighter roast points, the brightness can be pretty defining.


Tanzanian Peaberry Mbeya Ndugu Hills
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.10
Newsletter Special $4.50


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Rwanda Misozi Rushashi Abakundakawa

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New 2016/17 crop!

Misozi Rushashi is grown in the Karongi District of western Rwanda by over 800 small farmers. The farmers in this area, in an effort create the best coffee possible, have pooled their coffee, resources and knowledge together by forming a cooperative they called Rushashi. After forming their coop, they joined a group of coops called Misozi to aid in the final processing and exportation of their coffee. The Misozi and Rushashi coops are proudly certified Fair Trade to guarantee transparency and fairness throughout their growing community.

Tasting Notes:
Bright and chocolaty and very fresh - great first arrival from Rwanda, very clean. Similar to the Dunkendekawa, this cup has a little more of an herbal chocolate mixing with the bright floral soft fruit tones. Great flavor diversity and a decently stronger cup with good body.

Roasting Notes:
Stay away from light quick roasts. Great at a city plus to full city but gets a little edgy into the dark French roasts. Exotic and a little less acidic right before 2nd crack.


Rwanda Misozi Rushashi Abakundakawa
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.65
Newsletter Special $4.99

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Indonesian Bali Org Red Cherry Uptiti Sari Farmers Semi-Washed (Fancy Blue Moon)

This coffee 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.

The coffee's hallmark Indonesian flavor is the product of wet-hulling, a uniquely Indonesian processing method in which the coffee parchment is removed before the final drying is completed.

Tasting Notes: 
Very clean and smooth comparatively to the normal Blue Moon. Medium bodied and lower acidity its got some very nice chocolaty tones mixing with a little hint of a soft fruit tone; almost orange like. Darker roasts get pretty smokey and edgy - a classic Sumatra might be better for dark roasts - real interesting and the medium to borderline dark roast and amazingly clean for an Indo. Just like the Bali Blue Moon on its best years.

Roasting Notes: 
Medium to borderline dark roast is the way to go. Too dark and it gets edgy. Too light and its a little grassy - anywhere in the middle is very tasty and exotic.


Indonesian Bali Org Red Cherry Uptiti Sari Farmers Semi-Washed (Fancy Blue Moon)
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.99
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Costa Rican SHB EP Tarrazu La Pastora

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

Burman Price - $5.98
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Colombian Supremo Narino

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New 2016/17 crop! Supremo is Colombia's largest bean sort.

Colombia continues to turn out some of the best coffees in the world and this Popayan Supremo is no exception.  

This coffee from the Narino region of Colombia is grown on small farms where it is selectively picked and processed. On most of the farms, the coffee is shade grown. The region is home to over 1,000 different species of birds. Narino is a multi-ethnic region, and the coffee growers are indigenous, mestizo descendants of the original inhabitants and the Spanish, and Afro-Colombian immigrants—they have worked hard to preserve their social structures and traditions. The growers work the land collectively

Tasting Notes:  
The aroma of this coffee is very nice; sweet with with a little spice floral tone. It is pretty classically toned for a Colombian; semi-dry toasted walnut overtone turning a bit more molasses/caramelly into the darker roast points.  Very balanced, subtle spice, clean and rich with a nice new crop crisp acidity.

Roasting Notes:
This bean is very versatile when it comes to roasting; great from light to dark. Be sure to try different roast points for it will greatly vary what flavors are accentuated.  Enjoy a brighter morning cup at a City Roast or take it into an afternoon/evening coffee by roasting it from a Full City to a French roast. 

Colombian Supremo Narino
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $5.80
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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

Burman Price - $6.35
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Zambia AAA/AA Mafinga Hills RFA - Kateshi & Isanya Estates

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New crop from Zambia just arrived!

This was one of the biggest hits from the African smaller producers last year - this year is bound to impress just as much if not a little more.

Giant bean size - the largest screen of their main harvest. Bigger than a Colombian Supremo.

This cup is coming from Kateshi Estate and Isanya Estate located in the Mafinga Hills subregion of Zambia's Northern Province. Kateshi Estate is located near the town of Kasama and has a total of 2,466 hectares, 773 of which are currently cultivated with coffee. Coffee grown on the estate is between 1,340 and 1,400 masl. Isanya Estate is comprised of 1,600 hectares and ranges from 1500-1600 masl. Coffee from both estates are milled at Kateshi and blended to create this unique offering.

Tasting Notes:
Fuller bodied and pretty dark toned, it will have some decent acidity at lighter roasts but greatly mellows in or around 2nd crack. A bit Kenyan/Tanz like with some herbal accents and a chocolaty undertone. Clean rich and smooth are pretty easy descriptors for this cup. Versatile bean - one can find a roast almost anyone will like.

Roasting Notes:
Avoid quick light roasts, a bit grassy and underdeveloped with good acidity. City + is great for you African fans, floral, pretty bright sweet and balanced. Full City roasts will be a tasty cup, decently darker toned and a good starting point for most. Dark roast work well but add some decent edge to the cup.


Zambia AAA/AA Mafinga Hills RFA - Kateshi & Isanya Estates
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.60
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Blue Mallow Flower - Earl Grey


Whole leaf black tea, blue mallow blossoms, and bergamot.




Steeping time - 2 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

Tasting Notes:
A well-loved classic, Earl Grey is arguably the most popular of all flavored teas. Bergamot oil comes from the peel of a small citrus cultivated mostly in Italy, and lends a fantastic spicy-sour flavor as well as aromas which enliven the palate and sinuses. The blue mallow flowers included in this special blend improve the color while also complimenting the bergamot with subtle lavender. Great for a morning pick-me-up, this strong tea with stimulating vapors, powerful flavors, and ample caffeine will grab your attention!

We recommend steeping this tea a little less than normal, as bitterness can interfere with the aromatics. It is traditionally served with a squeeze of lemon and a little sugar (not milk).

Blue Mallow Flower - Earl Grey
1 oz

Burman Price - $2.06/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
Newsletter Special $5.85

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