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Guatemalan Premium Huehue. Finca Buena Esperanza

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An awesome offering from our buddies over at Onyx Coffee (Edwin Martinez and his/our buddies). This is one of the top scoring Huehues to hit so far in the year and personal buddies with Edwin and his family. 

Don Noe Castillo's mother worked Finca Buena Esperanza for more than 40 years. She was a widowed woman and raised her family as a single mother. Currently all Noe's brothers work together on the farm. Don Noe being the oldest, supports everyone by properly managing resources. They strive to use organic products to fertilize their crops. They are always working hard to improve their shade trees, patios, and drying times. Their goal is to have the best quality micro-lots and continue to create more separations.

Tasting Notes: Exotic for a Huehue. It has a sweet fruit note in the aromatics but just a hint in the cup. The hint is a little tropical fruit note at the light roasts along with winy/citrus factor. Wilder in its tones, gets a little spice and herbal tone mixing in with the classic malt back end. Way cool but very dependent on roasts. I liked it best around a full city, built good body and muted some of the acidity for an easy drinking cup. From light to dark, this cup will make fans! 

Roasting Notes: A nice and easy one to roast. All these beans went through the wet-mill together, which boils down to this coffee roasting nice and even. No tricks to it here. A good dense high altitude coffee, will pick up a sheen at lighter roasts and may be a shade lighter than you think. If shooting for light roasts, an extra day of setup would be good. 

Guatemalan Premium Huehue. Finca Buena Esperanza
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.49
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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 2018 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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Costa Rican SHB EP Tarrazu La Pastora

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New 2017/18 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 acidity (gets a good lemongrass tone at lighter roasts, mutes up at a strong medium roast).  It starts with a crisp nutty tone turning more chocolatey into the darker roasts, 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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Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra 
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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 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 fruity edge and floral aspect. Darker roasts have soft hints of a chocolate/caramel undertone with less fruit and acidity. 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 
Yellow Catuai Honey

1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.65
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El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Honey Processed

Cerro Las Ranas (the Hill of Frogs) coffee is named after the farm’s lagoon that is populated by thousands of frogs located in Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador. 

The coffee is produced by JASAL, a family owned operation where Jose Antonio Salaverria and his sons take great pride in their meticulous attention to detail, from year-round farm management to quality control in the cupping lab, and everything in between. In the pulped natural process (also called a honey process), JASAL pulps perfectly ripened cherries and then dries the coffee beans, still covered in mucilage, on clay patios while constantly turning the beans to ensure even drying.

Tasting Notes:
A little thinner bodied and a bit wilder in its tones, a little higher acidity which gives it a lot of sweetness - a hint of a ferment note providing a very soft fruit tone balancing with a stronger bakers chocolate undertone - as the cup cools you get less bakers chocolate and a little cool sweeter malty/caramel/nutty spin. Darker roasts will be low acidity, a bit sweeter and more of a smokey dry malty tone. 

Roasting Notes:
I think a city to full city roast is the way to go, gives a really nicely balanced cup. Taken to a dark roast it gets a little rougher around the edges but gets even more malty chocolaty, lighter roasts are recommended as well but will promote a more acidic and fruity edge but also give a little underdeveloped tone unless you let it set up for 3-5 days. 


El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Honey Processed
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.05
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Panama SHB EP Casa Ruiz Maunier Estate

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New 2018 Crop! Coming from one of the best coffee growing regions in Panama.

These beans are coming from the Maunier Estate, a family owned estate located near the town of Boquete between Volcan Buru National Park and La Amistad International Park within the province of Chiriqui, Panama. The Ruíz family has worked in the Boquete coffee industry for three generations and owns the Maunier Estate. The Ruíz 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.

Tasting Notes:
A great very well balanced cup of coffee. Clean and tasty from light to dark. 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 SHB EP Casa Ruiz Maunier Estate
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.53
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2017/18 Papua New Guinea – Carpenter Estates – Sigri Kula AA

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New 2017/18 crop!

This season we went with what they call Kula processing. Kula processing means only dried on raised drying beds and double screened via color sorter and double hand picking. Basically means the best of the best from Carpenter Estates.

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 

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. 


2017/18 Papua New Guinea – Carpenter Estates – Sigri Kula AA
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.45
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Uganda Bugisu AA

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This coffee is from 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.

Tasting Notes: A nice clean and smooth, fuller bodied cup. Mostly darker toned and along the chocolaty side. Similar to a Tanz or Rwanda coffee. This cup is surprising clean especially for the price - a good single origin drinker but also works nicely as a blend base. 

Roasting Notes: Good from medium to dark - easy to roast. Medium roasts are delicate and a little sweeter, good cup to sip on all day. Dark roast gets strong and thick with edgy chocolate and smoky tones - kind of like a super clean Sumatra. 

Uganda Bugisu AA
1 Lb Bag

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Oolong - Green Dragon Tung Ting Formosa

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Perfectly processed, premium leaves from Luku Township, Taiwan.

Steeping Time - 3-6 Minutes

Water Temp - 180-200 F

“Tung Ting” translates as “Frozen Summit,” the name of the mountain where these leaves are grown. This tea demonstrates that appearances can be deceiving – it is rolled into relatively large, loose balls (typically considered to indicate lower quality than small, tight rolls), many of which contain large woody stems (perhaps looking rough and unsightly to Westerners more accustomed to ground leaves in tea bags) – but it is one of the finest and tastiest teas that we carry.

Very lightly oxidized (less than 10%), these leaves are dark glossy green and mostly still intact, with 3-4 attractive serrated leaves on each stem uncurling impressively to fill up the steeping vessel and infuse an amber liquor with a wonderful woody-nutty aroma.

Well-suited to refined tastes, it is less sweet than most of our teas, yet still has a rich velvety mouth-feel. Dominated by buttery-nutty flavors at the front, complimented by minor malty and astringent layers which are mostly overpowered by a bouquet of floral notes including dandelion and vanilla, and eventually superseded by cedar, almond, pomegranate, and melon tones which linger with only a hint of dryness.

It is not only the unique terroir which makes these leaves exceptional, but also the inclusion of the stems, providing much of the nutty tones as well as improving the health benefits of the tea, much like the famous Japanese “Kukicha” (“twig tea”). Hotter and longer steeping will infuse the stems more, though it will also cause leaves to become more bitter.

Both Garry and Tyler count this as their favorite BCT tea!


Oolong - Green Dragon Tung Ting Formosa
1 oz

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Decaffeinated Ethiopian Sidamo Natural MWP

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A very tasty and fresh natural processed Ethiopian decaf. 

The natural processing leaves a very fruit forward cup profile than shoots right through the decaf processing. A very cool lighter and sweeter toned cup. 

MWP = Mountain Water Processed, a cool non-solvent based Mexican decaf plant with decent U.S. interest backing it. 

The coffee was sourced from smallholders farmers in Ethiopia’s Sidama region. Drying coffee in the cherry, as was the case here, is the original tradition in Ethiopia. Natural or dry-process, fruit-dried or cherry-dried – however you prefer to talk about this style of ‘zero-process’ coffee post-harvest production, it all comes back to Ethiopia. While farmers across the globe still practice this method of letting the coffee fruit dry like raisins around the seed, it all started in here. It’s still common to see smallholder farmers drying their daily harvest on their porches or lawns across the country. Unlike much of the rest of the world, many of these farmers will then roast and grind their own harvest – Ethiopia is the world’s only coffee producing country whose volume of consumption equals its export.

Tasting Notes: Fruit forward and chocolaty with just a little hint of floralness. Very cool cup profile and close to the caffeinated profile mark. Low acidity with some decent body - a little jammy if you hit the roast on the head. 

Roasting Notes: A lighter roast decaf, shoot for about half way between first crack and second crack. Does work a bit lighter or darker but too light and you can taste too much of the decaf processing, too dark and you lose that awesome fruit forward tone.


Decaffeinated Ethiopian Sidamo Natural MWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.35
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