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El Salvador - Finca El Paraiso - Aida Batlle - Kenyan Process

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A very cool and unique El Salvador coffee produced by Aida Batlle, who is pushing the bounds of El Salvadorian coffee. Although only the processing method was adopted from Kenya, the cup profile also follows more of an African type coffee.

El Salvador Aida Batlle Kenyan Process is sourced from Finca El Paraiso located on the slopes of the Ilamatepec volcano in the region of Santa Ana, El Salvador. This coffee is the result of Aida Batlle's unwavering commitment to source and showcase the art of coffee processing at Beneficio Las Tres Puertas. The meticulously selected cherries are depulped and fermented with a “Kenya” protocol, which means the mucilage covered beans are dry fermented for 48 hours with a mild washing every 12 hours, after which, the mucilage is completely removed and the parchment is soaked in fresh water for another 24 hours and then placed on African drying beds.

Tasting Notes:
A little brighter, very complex, clean and well balanced. Citrus and caramel with a hint of herbal notes and soft fruit. Definitely a candidate for lighter roasting but gives a little more unique cup profile; lemon, nutty and sweet with very minimal underdeveloped tones. Dark roasts are more of the caramel, smoke and soft fruit.

Roasting Notes:
A great bean to play with - bean expansion and the chaff coming off happen earlier in the roast and you will see it before 1st crack due to the unique processing. City to Full City (medium to borderline dark) is an awesome cup that almost anyone will love. Clean enough for super light roasting, holds up decently to super dark roasting.

Aida Battle is doing amazing work, check out these articles from around the web:

Aida Batlle Named One Of The “Good 100”

Sacred Grounds

How One Woman Is Defying Gang Violence To Transform
El Salvador's Coffee Industry


El Salvador - Finca El Paraiso - Aida Batlle - Kenyan Process
1 Lb Bag

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El Salvador Santa Leticia Pacamara
Las Ninfas

New crop El Sal Pacamara! Giant screen size 20-22 beans.

Finca Las Ninfas Pacamara, located near the town of Apaneca within the department of Ahuachapan, El Salvador, is owned and operated by Ricardo Valdivieso, a third generation coffee farmer, and his family. Ricardo’s grandfather purchased the land in 1870. Finca Las Ninfas Pacamara was passed down to Ricardo during a time of great turmoil in El Salvador’s history. At the peak of conflict in the 1980’s, Ricardo came face to face with a firing squad in defense of his family’s land. He was not shot but spent many years in exile before he was able to return to Finca Las Ninfas Pacamara. Today, Ricardo works with his daughter, Monica, to protect their groves of pacamara varietal from leaf rust. In addition to coffee, Monica operates a beautiful hotel and restaurant at their other farm called Finca Santa Leticia. Mayan artifacts discovered on the property by Ricardo’s father have also been preserved as an archaeological site for visitors to enjoy.

Tasting Notes:
Nice and sweet upfront, thick and creamy body and mostly dark toned with low acidity. Pacamaras are sweet versus earthy cup profiles. This cup is a bit less earthy and more chocolaty - a great example of a pacamara, very cool cup. A little soft floral fruit tone can be found at the lighter roast points.

Roasting Notes:
Medium to dark roast will work best. Light roasts get a little underdeveloped tasting. We prefer the medium roast to keep just a little hint of acidity upfront and maximize the smoothness of the cup. Dark roasts are much stronger and more bakers chocolaty but equally as tasty.


El Salvador Santa Leticia Pacamara
Las Ninfas
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.25
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Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estate - Bunum Wo Peaberry

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Bunum Wo was the first section of Carpenter Estates that I went to visit. Very impressive wet mill and a very crazy cherry picking/gathering system.

One of the more impressive nurseries was located on Bunum Wo and they seemed to be playing around with more strain diversity than the others. Which tends to come out in the cup with a bit more depth to the darker tones.

Tasting Notes:
Similar to the Sigri PB in the fact it is pretty low acidity, very clean in its cup profile. Very smooth darker toned spice notes. Most would call it a pretty sweet chocolaty cup with a bit of spice. The biggest noticeable difference is almost an African-like herbal/black tea note; pretty subtle but hard to miss it in the aftertaste.

Roasting Notes:
Easy to roast as long as you reduce batch size a little in the air roasters. Bigger denser peaberry. Beautiful bean but if you are roasting without a stir mechanism or drum it can be slow to agitate at first. Good medium to as dark as you want to go. Medium will give soft floral hints and more of a milk-chocolate, herbal tone. Darker will be edgy, thick and strong with more of a bakers chocolate bitter note.

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. 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.



Papua New Guinea - Carpenter Estate - Bunum Wo Peaberry
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.20
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Costa Rican - Finca Las Lajas - Yellow Honey - Oscar Chacon

New 2017 Crop! A glowing example of coffee's potential in Costa Rica is Finca Las Lajas in Poas de Alajuela; in the mountains to the north of the country's capital of San Jose. As little as six years ago there was nothing where Las Lajas now produces exceptional micolots. "We're a family of six siblings, including myself. We wanted a family business that would do just that; keep business in the family. We set out to create jobs for each other and now we almost have more work than we can handle!" - Donna Chacon

Las Lajas' reputation for quality precedes it; the care with which the Chacon family manages their mill and processing has put their Honey and Natural coffees in steep demand. Doña Francisca proudly showcased the Red and Yellow Honeys - their two favorite lots drying on African beds and the different methods for drying Naturals, some of which are dried in deep layers under plastic and others that are dried on stacked beds. Doña Francisca's husband, Don Oscar, puts it this way: "We play with processing curves the same way roasters play with roast curves: adjusting the variables of time and temperature to see what characteristics appear in the cup."

This curiosity and willingness to experiment and find a new level of excellence is apparent in the final product: explosively fruity coffees with complex acidity and a bright finish.

Tasting Notes:
This is a quality cup in and out. Lots of cool tones to play with in the roaster. Very buzzy acidity, often seen in very highly rated lots, acidic but not super citrusy - way cool. Very clean, even just barely finishing first crack, no earthy grassy tones - The yellow has a bit less fruit in the cup then the red but a bit brighter with stronger floral Costa tones. Hit the roast right and it turns pretty caramel floral with all sorts of subtle complexities.

Roasting Notes:
Hard to pick a favorite roast on a coffee like this - hard not to get a good cup - best recommendation is to pick whatever roast you tend to default to - if on the lighter side, slow the roast down a little to build some very cool complexities. If going on the darker side, i would go quicker to make sure you retain some of the fruit coming through the cup. A very high pectin content in these beans, they will look a bit darker then they are and get a bit shiny even at light roasts. Light roasts will be marked by the beans still being a little two toned, medium roast will be when this fades and dark roast will start showing a bit of sheen to oily surface.


Costa Rican - Finca Las Lajas - Yellow Honey - Oscar Chacon
1 Lb Bag

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Tanzanian Mara AB - Tarime District

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This AB screen size coffee comes from the Tarime district of Tanzania. Tarime District is one of the six districts of the Mara Region of Tanzania, East Africa. It was previously known as the "North Mara District". It is bordered from the north to east by the Kenyan districts of Migori, Trans Mara and Kisii, and to the east by the Maasai Mara game reserve. To the south it is bordered across the Mara River by the Musoma Urban, Musoma Rural and Serengeti districts, and to the west by Rorya District. Distances in Tanzania are vast - there's almost 1000 kms between coffee producing regions in the North and in the South, same for East and West. The altitudes are up to almost 2000 MASL in many places. 90% of coffee producers are smallholder farmers, owning between 0.5 to 3 hectares, and less than 10% of the coffees are grown at estates. Similar to Kenya, coffee came with the French missionaries in the late 1800s, and was planted around Kilimanjaro for the most part (there are the Bourbon varieties that are often seen as SLs in Kenya now). In Tanzania, with its Indian influence, the Indian Kent varieties came from Mysore in the 1920s. In general, there are two varieties widely used today, the Bourbon-descended N39 hybrid, and the Kent hybrid KP432, as well as Kent varieties K7 and K9.

Tasting Notes:
A great tasting and clean Tanz coffee. A little citrus acidity upfront balanced with way cool herbal and spice notes while ending a bit on the chocolaty side. A fun one to play with the roast on but good light to dark. This cup does scream African - really carries the unique African profile. If you like Kenyan/Ethiopian/Congo/Burundi coffees this will be right down your alley, if you mainly drink Central/South American coffees be prepared for a unique spin.

Roasting Notes: 
If you want to see this coffee shine by industry standards, keep it light to medium roasted. Very clean and throws off a decent amount of acidity and crispness while still being balanced with a nice dark tone. Becomes a bit milder and a more generally acceptable cup at the city plus to full city range - more body and smoothness while muting up some of the acidity.


Tanzanian Mara AB - Tarime District
1 Lb Bag

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Panama Los Naranjos Lerida Estate
Natural Catuai Lot 9

So we have a regular walk in customer that for the last 8 years or more has been vacationing to coffee farms in Panama, especially Lerida Estate. He finally talked us into searching down the coffee from his favorite lot of natural processed beans over the years. Gotta say Sherman - thanks for the tip! A wonderful old world natural.

Be a little warned - this is an old world natural. Looking at the unroasted coffee will want to make you question the quality a bit, not highly defected or anything but 2-3 different shades of colors, some with more chaff on them then others but don't worry, the coffee is awesome and it was purposely put together to look and taste like it does. It will roast a bit two toned, yet again, it is supposed to and the cup (assuming you like naturals) will be sure to gain a top spot on your favorites list.

This coffee is sourced from Finca Lerida Coffee Estate that is located near the town of Boquete within the province of Chiriqui, Panama. Finca Lerida Coffee Estate has a rich heritage beginning with specialty coffee exports dating back to 1929. Great care has been taken to cultivate coffee in harmony with the ecological paradise that surrounds Finca Lerida Coffee Estate, which includes Volcan Buru National Park, La Amistad International Park, and over 550 species of birds. At the center of Finca Lerida Coffee Estate there is a vintage hotel with amenities that equal the natural beauty.

Tasting Notes:
A wild cup, lemongrass, chocolate, lots of fruit from tropical notes to berry and melon and if you hit the sweet spot, almost a little coconut mixing in. Not an overly acidic cup so make sure to play around with light versus darker roasting.

Roasting Notes:
For your first roast, try it pretty close but not into second crack for a cherry versus chocolate style cup. For second roast I would recommend a bit lighter for more of an Ethiopian natural clone but with a bit wilder fruit tones. Enjoy!


Panama Los Naranjos Lerida Estate
Natural Catuai Lot 9
1 Lb Bag

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Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon

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Bali Organic Blue Moon 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.

Tasting Notes:
A very rich, clean, and smooth cup with just a hint sweet lemon acidity balanced with a nice chocolaty undertone. Medium to full bodied with low acidity, a nice daily cup. Hints of a slight smoky tones and soft fruit can be found, especially in a darker roast.

Roasting Notes:
I like to take this one to a full city. It is very versatile and will hold almost any roast. Usually I drink this Indo a touch lighter than I take Sumatras.

 

Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon
1 Lb Bag

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BCT Herbal Evening Comfort




Peppermint leaves, ginger root, and lemon peel.


Steeping Time - 7 Minutes

Water Temp - 212 F

Rough day? Trouble winding down in the evening? Heartburn? This herbal infusion will definitely help!

Smooth, mellow, and calming, a cup of Evening Comfort tingles the mouth and the belly with warming ginger and cooling peppermint, and helps to focus and clear the mind with refreshing lemon. All three ingredients also soothe the stomach, making it an excellent after-dinner relaxation ritual.


BCT Herbal Evening Comfort
1 oz

Burman Price - $2.34/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 - $7.30
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