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Malawi Mzuzu Misuku AAA/AA

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Malawi FT Mzuzu Fully Washed AAA/AA GrainPro is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Mzuzu Coffee Planters Cooperative Union, which is an umbrella organization operating in the North Region, Malawi. The Northern Region shares a border with Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes known for its rich diversity of wildlife.

The Mzuzu cooperative provides support to 3000 members in six regional cooperatives where the average producer cultivates .5 hectares of land. The Mzuzu cooperative emphasizes gender equity and supports community improvement projects, including the construction of a hospital with the help of coffee premiums.

Tasting Notes:
This cup has a nice heavier body and creamy feel, a bit higher acidity this year then its been in the past. Citrus and floral with lighter fruit tones upfront and a real rich and smooth bakers chocolate and smokey undertone that can turn much stronger into the darker roasts (past/into second crack). Very clean cup, holds up to a bit lighter roast but most prefer it right before to touching 2nd crack. Gets much more of a caramel sweetness with just a hint of floral versus an pretty acidic but very clean light roast.

Roasting Notes:
This is a complex cup of coffee. The taste will be highly dependant on roast. Good from light to dark. A little more exotic at the lighter roast points. Real big body, buttery and sweet into those darker roasts. Allow for a longer set up time when roasting light. It goes into the second crack quickly so you'll want to keep a close eye in this one.

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Malawi Mzuzu Misuku AAA/AA
1 Lb Bag

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Costa Rican SHB EP Natural Berlina

A very cool Ethiopian Natural clone out of Costa Rica.

Like many Costas, this is a co-op production from COOPEPALMARES - a very nice higher end Co-op that strives to educate and help the very small scale farmers.

This is a unique bean and taste profile for Costa Rica, who produces almost no full natural coffees.

Natural coffees are tricky to produce and a lot of luck is needed to produce a tasty well rounded cup - too much of an extended dry and the coffee is ruined, if its dried to quick it is ruined. Many farmers do not want the challenge of figuring out trick naturals for a stellar one will demand a huge premium comparatively but one not done up correctly and it cannot be sold. The lucky part for everyone on this cup is the Co-op took the risk on the processing and in this case, it is a big winner.

For you fruitier natural fans, this is one you will not want to miss.

Tasting Notes:
Smooth and rich with a jammy body and a lot of sweetness upfront. Medium to low acidity just a touch of those classic floral notes poke out at the lighter roast points, easy to balance tones and tasty at many roast points. The fruit note is more along the lines of sweet cherry than strawberry or dark fruit and it is balanced with a very pleasant milk chocolate tone.

Roasting Notes:
Watch the roast on this guy - not too dark to see it shine. Tasty into the dark roasts but will not carry that cool cherry note. I shoot for a city plus to full city to see it in its prime - lighter or darker dependent on personal preference. I would recommend erring lighter on this bean than darker.

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Costa Rican SHB EP Natural Berlina
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.

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.

Tasting Notes:
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.

Roasting Notes:
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!


Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Kintamani Natural
1 Lb bag

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Chinese Micro-lot Gr. 1 Washed - Black River - Estate Produced

An excellent new 2016 crop offering.

This is a way cool Chinese single estate coffee grown above 1500m; coming from along the highlands of the black river in pretty dense natural forest land. 

The area this coffee comes from in not what most would think when China is mentioned. Think rainforest's with gentle mists coming off the mountain engulfing the coffee trees - a herd of wild elephants live on the farm as well, they really try and preserve the natural habitat throughout the whole farm.

Natural forest canopy covers the bulk of the coffee which is very ideal for the plants and is very important from the local eco system. The farm mostly grows cattura but there could be a couple other testing strains intermixed within the forest that made its way into the lot. 

Chinese coffee, which is pretty new to us here in the US, has been around for hundreds of years. China has been growing coffee since the early days of coffee farming. They had a strong presence at this year SCAA but we have to say - the bulk of what we have seen and tried has been lower end and not so clean. Usually used for cheaper coffee blends. 

Our neighbor here at Burman Coffee, Victor (who does commercial setups) was lucky enough to get inviting to China to see one of their top end coffee competitions - no international jury or buyers were there, top end coffee producers and high-end domestic retailers. He found an absolutely stellar lot (in comparison to what normally makes it here) Long story short, 10 weeks later, here it is for your drinking enjoyment. 

Tasting Notes: To picture this cup you need to steal some aspects from many different coffees, think sweet and floral like a Costa coffee mixing with the stronger chocolaty tones and body of a Rwanda or Burundi with just a hint at certain roast points of spicy very clean Indonesian earthiness. Without being too extreme in any of these tones, this is really a cup anyone can like. 

Roasting Notes: Hard to pick a favorite roast but fun to play around. Avoid super light roasts for you will end up a bit front loaded with acidity and lighter tones. Great cup medium to dark. For a first roast i would take it right around 2nd crack and judge your personal preference from there. A little closer to a Central American coffee around the medium roast, hint of the African and Indo characteristics at the darker roast points.


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Chinese Micro-lot Gr. 1 Washed - Black River - Estate Produced
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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2016/17 Hawaiian Kona Greenwell Farms Extra Fancy

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Awesome year for Greenwell - back to one of the fanciest prepping we have seen - actual Extra Fancy grade and finally over all the bug problems! A cup profile that follows the looks - back to a super clean Kona cup!

This is the new 2016/17 crop! Cannot get any fresher (unless your reading this months from now...)

The Greenwell Farms legacy began in 1850 when Henry Nicholas Greenwell left England and first set foot on the fertile soil of rural Kona.

Greenwell farms is one of the biggest names in Kona coffee. This is their highest quality bean, a very large, clean, polished coffee with a flavor matching the looks.

Tasting Notes:
What makes Kona so great? It has those lovely soft fruity tones at the lighter roasts; in this case, a real nice bright citrus/tart cherry tone, mixed with a sweeter chocolate nut bottom note. Hints of island acidity to bring you that very well balanced, unique, and crisp cup of coffee. Medium bodied, not to delicate you can't taste it, not too strong that it feels like a punch in the mouth.

Roasting Notes:
This is one for right before to just after the second crack. Take it a little lighter to accentuate those fruity tones and sweetness and a little darker to increase the depth of flavor. Careful, this top rated, fresh as can be Kona does have some sizzling brightness, avoid real light roasts and a 2-3 day setup will really bring the cup together.


2016/17 Hawaiian Kona Greenwell Farms Extra Fancy
1 Lb Bag

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Mexican Chiapas Altura Finca San Carlos

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Finca San Carlos coffee is sourced from a family-owned estate located within the municipality Unión Juárez in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Finca San Carlos has a rich heritage that dates back to 1896, when Ludwig Hotzen, a German immigrant, first established coffee cultivation on the western slope of Volcán Tacaná, which sits on the international border between Mexico and Guatemala.

Tasting Notes:
A very nice and pleasant everyday drinker. Being on the border with Guatemala this cup does share some similar attributes to a Guat Huehue which in this case is a big positive. Very nice malty and chocolaty tones with just a hint of a floral aspect. On the sweeter side you do get a little smokey tone mixing in all combining to give a bit of a caramel like cup. Not very acidic from a medium to dark roast but light roasts will be very lemony floral.

Roasting Notes:
Medium to dark roast is preferred. Right before 2nd crack was our favorite roast, great balance and smoothness. Darker roasts get pretty strong and edgy - light roasts will be a little front loaded acidic.

With some financial support from Royal, Alfred Klein purchased the farm from the Hotzen family in 2013. Alfred has worked hard to renovate the farm after leaf rust destroyed nearly 85 percent of production. There is light at the end of the tunnel and some of the advantages on the farm are in full swing; like an abundance of spring water being utilized to ferment coffee for 48 hour and then double washed with a 48 soak before slowly drying the coffee on patios. Finca San Carlos also has a state-of-the-art water purification system and bio-digester to ensure that the water is returned downstream, clean, PH balanced, and oxygenated. Alfred has also maintained the long standing commitment to the Guatemalan migrant works and their families; providing onsite housing, meals, healthcare, and education to offset the hardship of seasonal work in such a remote location.


Mexican Chiapas Altura Finca San Carlos
1 Lb Bag

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BCT Herbal Energizer


Ginseng, licorice, peppermint leaves, hibiscus, lemongrass, passion fruit, St. John's wort with lemon flavoring.


Steeping Time - 7 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

Tasting Notes:
Wow, even the smell of it steeping is enough to peel those eyes open on a rough morning (or to get you your second wind on a tough day).

A lovely, sweeter lemongrass and peppermint aroma are just the start to this great cup - this will definitely leave your taste buds jazzed with a strong lemongrass tone mixing very nicely with just a hint of peppermint and licorice, sweet but not over the top.

Do not fear the lack of caffeine, the ginseng will definitely get you going and tends not to have the negative side effects of too much caffeine.



BCT Herbal Energizer
1 oz Bag

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Decaffeinated Colombian MWP

Colombian coffee is often regarded as some of the highest quality coffee in the world. Colombia has traditionally grown Arabica beans at high altitudes and drier climates, producing a delicious, full bodied, high quality brew. Its quality reputation was built from beans grown in the “MAM” provinces (Medellin, Armenia, Manizales) of the Cordillera Central Mts. Now, more coffee grows in southern areas such as Huila and Cauca. The choicest coffee comes from this region.

Tasting Notes:
This coffee has an alluring aroma of buttery nuts and pound cake.  The taste is fuller bodied with a nice walnut chocolatey tone mixing with a smooth, sweeter, mellow finish.  Pleasing hints of smoke and spice cake finish off this great Colombian coffee at darker roast points.

Roasting Notes:
Like all Colombians this is a versatile bean for roasting. Darker roasts convey wonderful smoky tones and outstanding sweetness while lighter roasts (with decaf, avoid cinnemon roast points) will deliver a crisper cup. A great coffee to experiment with at different roasting points to experience all this coffee has to offer.


Decaffeinated Colombian MWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.55
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