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Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estate - Sigri AA

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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

The quick story of Papua New Guinea Sigri (one can clear up a lot of information when you get on the ground somewhere):

What I and many others thought was Sigri Estate is actually Carpenter Estates – Sigri being only one of the areas of the estate (easily the most famous). The other two are Bunum Wo and Kindbng (sounds like Kin ding). Each of the three produces a different cup quality; PNG being full of microclimates really puts a different spin on each section. Each one is like its own village situated right next to each other, with separate wet mills, drying fields, nurseries, living quarters, and schools for each of the three sections. But they do share a couple facilities (dry mill, bagging, trucking to port) and many staff.

Each of the three sections of Carpenter Estates has separate fields for different strains and top-notch agronomists to grow the best beans. Most of these folks have coffee in their blood. Being a part of the coffee here is a birthright for them (seen as a cradle to the grave philosophy). Great pride all around.

We will provide more information for each coffee from these areas and will share photos and videos. At least for now, you get an idea of where these beans come from.

Tasting Notes:
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 orangeish soft 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 Estate - Sigri AA
1 Lb Bag

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Guatemalan Premium Chimaltenango
Finca Las Camelias

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A delightful new Guat offering coming from a unique region and micro-climate. Part of our premium line of Guats, the prep on this coffee is amazing - a beautiful gem of processing. The taste is different from most of our other offerings.

Finca Las Camelias, which is located in the village of Panibaj, the Patzún Municipality, Department Chimaltenango, was founded in 1890 by the great great grandfather Don Jose Damian Benavente and his brothers, natives of the place, who on a visit to the city of Antigua, Guatemala, noted that the coffee production conditions and climate of the place were similar to those of his land. The high altitude volcanic soil and the prevailing Pacific Ocean winds make for ideal coffee cultivation. The Bourbon and Arabica varieties are still around today thanks to quality and disease resistance. Another benefit was that people started to live in the area and grow coffee, thus creating the Panibaj village.

It was during the 60s when Don Jose Damian and his brothers Jose Felipe, Justo Rufino and Clara Benavente Juarez, began buying other areas of land to increase production, testing new varieties of coffee and in turn, introducing the beneficiary wet and drying cement patios. Currently, Finca Camelias is managed by the fifth generation of the Benavente family, providing work and helping people from the village of Panibaj and its surroundings. Their coffee processing is guided by the traditional handcrafted washed method and their farming practices are eco-friendly and efficient, guaranteeing the best Camelias coffee.

Tasting Notes:
Great fuller bodied and lower acidity - sweet, medium to dark roast Guat. This cup still has hints of soft floral fruit notes at lighter roasts (but too light gets a little underdeveloped earthiness). A little fuller bodied than the other ML Guats but still amazingly clean, balanced and complex. This cup is like a mix of Coban with Huehue and maybe just a hint of Antigua. A ton of flavors popping out - sweet malty tones, a bit of bakers chocolate, a little floral aspect, a bit of soft fruit - very cool cup.

Roasting Notes:
We would recommend this to a medium or dark roast - although 2 out of six here liked it best at a lighter roast points, most - including the bulk of our customers will want to shoot for right around 2nd crack - a bit more jammy body and developed sweetness.


Guatemalan Premium Chimaltenango
Finca Las Camelias

1 Lb Bag

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Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Guji 3 - Lot 75

New crop and very tasty!

Ethiopia Guji 3 Natural is sourced from the Guji Coffee Export PLC, which is owned and operated by Grima Edema who has more than 20 years of experience exporting coffee from the Kercha district in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. The focus on selection of only ripe cherries that are meticulously dried on raised beds and milled in a vertically integrated operation gives Grima full control of the processing up to the final export stage, resulting in an exceptionally clean and sweet cup profile.

Similar to the Guji 4 - this cup has more of a pronounced berry note and will roast a bit more even (although still a multitude of roast colors will be present). Ethiopian 3's are really where you start to get that nice fruit tone and less of an herbal/earthy note.

Tasting Notes:
Clean, bright, sweet with a very diverse flavor set. Darker fruit, citrus/floral and chocolate will main flavors one can see in this cup. Nice jammy body will be seen in the medium to borderline dark roast mark really make this cup a bit less wild than the Guji 4 and more pointed at an S/O drinker. Very dependent on roast – lighter roasting gives much more of the citrus, tropical like fruit with just a hint of a chocolaty factor and a much dryer finish. Darker roasts produce much more of a bakers chocolaty factor with a bit of a strawberry fruit note and good sweetness, far less acidic and very enjoyable.

Roasting Notes:
This is a tricky coffee to roast – classic Ethiopian natural, some cultivated beans, some wild beans, a diversity of roast colors will be seen but that all adds to the heritage of this bean type. We liked it best right at the full city mark – not as bright or citrusy but real nice developed fruit notes and nice and chocolaty. Many lighter roast fans will like to take it lighter – 2 out of 6 here who tried it did like the lighter roasts better – super dark roasts will get pretty edgy but have very nice aromatics and a strong chocolaty smoky cup profile.


Ethiopian Natural Sidamo Guji 3 - Lot 75
1 Lb Bag

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Uganda Org. Sipi Falls Bugisu

New crop just arrived! Another very nice year for the Uganda coffees.

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

Burman Price - $6.25
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Panama Boquete Casa Ruiz Maunier Estate

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New 2017 Crop! Coming from one of the best coffee growing regions in Panama.

Part of the Ruiz family of farms, Maunier Estate; located near the town of Boquete between Volcan Buru National Park and La Amistad International Park within the province of Chiriquí, Panama.

The Ruiz family has worked in the Boquete coffee industry for three generations and owns the Maunier Estate. The Ruiz family is also one of the founding donors of the Ngabere literacy program named for the indigenous population called the Ngabe, who work on the estate during the harvest.

We have carried many stellar Casa Ruiz coffees throughout the years, their standards are set high and we never have to worry about the quality wavering. They take real pride in producing very stand of lots of coffee.

Tasting Notes:
A great very well balanced cup of coffee. Small hints of acidity, floral notes with plenty of sweetness balanced with a very smooth malty chocolate tone. Medium bodied, smooth, rich and very clean this is a cup you can drink all day long.

Roasting Notes:
An easy to roast coffee - being washed processed makes it nice and even roasting. Cup qualities start to shine at a city + (on the lighter side of medium) and it retains nice sweetness and character into 2nd crack. Most will like it best right on the verge of the 2nd crack. Keeps it on the stronger fuller bodied side but without an edginess or bitterness.

 

Panama Boquete Casa Ruiz Maunier Estate
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.49
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Rwanda FT. Dukunde Kawa Musasa

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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Indian Mysore Nuggets - Extra Bold

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Year in to year out, this is always one of our most popular coffees, at times we have trouble keeping it in stock! New 2017 Crop!

Mysore coffees are the best known and the most popular of all Indian coffees, they posses good body and snappy acidity. The overall taste profile is very unique, with spicy overtones. These spicy overtones come from the cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves and pepper that grow alongside the coffee trees.

This lot is full bodied, with a rich full taste and moderate acidity. Very interesting and exotic, I like to roast this coffee a little darker, just into the second crack.

Tasting Notes:
Indian Mysore Nuggets have been a favorite of Burman Coffee and customers for many years and this crop does not disappoint. The aroma is nutty, woody, and some slight smokiness. The taste is classic. Many of the notes in the aroma come through in the flavor like walnuts and some smoke. There’s dark fruit, oak, licorice, and some vanilla spice, like a good dry red wine. The finish has a subdued brightness to it with just hints of lemon zest at lighter roast points. The body is medium to full depending on roast and brew. There’s a reason people keep coming back to this bean. It’s a smooth all around great stronger cup of coffee.

Roasting Notes:
We recommend roasting this bean at a medium to dark roast. Too light and the wood tones would be too dominate, too dark you will loose its pleasant brightness.


Indian Mysore Nuggets - Extra Bold
1 Lb Bag

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BCT Holy Detox




Holy Basil (Tulsi), spearmint, rosehips, lemon myrtle, linden blossoms.

Steeping Time - 10 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

Who knew that medicine could be so delicious? With a spicy base of basil and mint, and bright highlights of rose and lemon, this herbal infusion is a treat any time.

Holy Basil, or Tulsi, has been used for thousands of years in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, as a powerful immune-booster and “adaptogen” – helping the body adapt to stress, imbalance, and seasonal changes – and is used in many different forms as a daily health supplement. It is especially helpful when recovering from a cold or flu.

Healing herbs are best steeped long and strong, so we recommend using 1-2 tablespoons of herbs per serving, and steeping for 10 minutes. If you like an even stronger cup, feel free to add more herbs and steep up to 20 minutes.


BCT Holy Detox
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Indonesian Sumatra Mandehling SWP

Sumatra coffee is what originally made me a believer of home roasting.

Never had a good commercial cup Sumatra but when roaster correctly, boy is it one tasty cup!

Indonesian Sumatrans will be a bolder stronger cup of coffee, the aroma after roasting is very sweet with a hint of spice.

Tasting Notes:
Medium to full bodied and sweet, this is one stronger cup of coffee. Very nice aroma of cinnamon and dark fruits with notes of incense. Hints of dry herb and spice with just a smidgen of traditional Sumatra pete moss/smokiness.

Roasting Notes:
A medium to dark roast will suit this coffee well by accentuating the darker tones and body.


Decaffeinated Indonesian Sumatra Mandehling SWP
1 Lb bag

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