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2016 Hawaiian Maui Washed Typica

New 2016 crop! Maui was saving the best for the last arrival!

This is the by far the cleanest and borderline sweetest cup out of all the Maui offerings, not quite as acidic as the Red washed and a bit smoother and more delicate than the Yellow washed.

Typica is the traditional strain used for fancy Kona coffees, although this offering is not quite as complex as the $20+ Konas, it is one tasty cup and a very great value considering price versus taste - an awesome cup we are very glad to offer you. 

Maui Kaanpali Estate is a unique Hawaiian coffee.  The beans are grown by MauiGrown Coffee at Ka‘anapali Estate in the West Maui highlands.  

The 500-acre estate is a former State/private project that used coffee to diversify Maui’s sugar plantations.  It performed extensive field trials to find Arabicas that grow best in the soil, altitude and climate, while providing the best cup quality and yields.  MauiGrown grows the 4 best Arabica types from those field trials: Maui Mokka, Yellow Caturra, Red Catuai and Typica.

Tasting Notes:
A very floral sweet aroma will perk you right up and give you the initial island premium characteristic. The cup is medium bodied, fairly low acidity and rich. A strong semi-sweet caramel tone will be the predominate flavor but you do get hints of light fruit and crispness at the lighter roast points and a little hint of a smokey molasses at the darker roast points. 

Roasting Notes:
I would shoot for just before the second crack - will give you a very smooth and sweet cup - lower acidity with a very floral aroma; accentuating the sweet caramel type cup. Lighter will be more crisp and floral but one does take the risk of getting underdeveloped grassy type notes - Darker roast will be tasty as well but not quite as sweet and add a little bit of a smokiness to the cup. 

2016 Hawaiian Maui Washed Typica
1 Lb Bag

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2016 Kenya AA Plus

A strange and very tasty offering. Why strange you ask? The new crop for Kenya is still a bit off (at least as i write this) - the new Kenyan coffees arrive in summer for the most part - still a couple months until I expected to be getting prime new crop offerings. Here it is though - months early and a tasty super fresh example of a classic Kenyan profile. 

Beautiful screen and prep - great AA plus screen (17 + screen size) and fresh as can be. 

Kenyan coffee is considered by many to be some of the worlds best, 

Kenyans (including this one) are know for their complexity and depth of flavor. You will find all sorts of small minute notes including a refreshing citrus, slight berry, lemongrass, cocoa, molasses and a variety of other. 

A little less acidic than some of its cousins but still very crisp and clean. 

Tasting Notes:
A very nice darker toned Kenya AA - at light roasts it will still be pretty bright but the brightness mutes up at a strong medium roast. Classic Kenya herbal tone makes it very identifiable. Very clean with increasing body as the roast gets darker. A great balance between citrus, floral, herbal and chocolate. Easy to change the balance of these tones by roast level - a very fun coffee to play around with. 

Roasting Notes: 
Kenyan coffees can be tricky to roast but not this guy - tasty from light to dark although best balance achieved at a city plus to full city. If you are a bright coffee fan, quick light roasts will be perfect and leave the cup as crisp, sweet and refreshing as it can be. Not such a bright coffee fan? Try drawing out the roast and take it to a full city to a few second into second crack for a much lower acidity cup with a very nice depth of flavors. 

2016 Kenya AA Plus
1 Lb Bag

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Brazil Sao Francisco Estate - Lot 006

I tell you, this coffee will hold a special place in my heart and mind. One of our first stops on a great Brazilian coffee hunt back in August '12 - new crop just arrived and in the brightest bags I have seen - check out the blog if you want to see some pics. 

Sao Francisco is a decent sized family farm that uses very modern techniques to produce the beans, big mechanical harvesters and fields and fields of coffee are quite astonishing to the eye. (very tasty beans at a reasonable price). Picked, sorted and dried to perfection - almost every detail of growth and processing is tracked and monitored so they can constantly improve the quality of the coffee. 

I was astonished in Alta Mogiana - it really seemed you could toss a seed at any time during the year and it would grow and thrive - a perfect place to grow almost anything (year-round) and it was at enough altitude to produce denser coffee - about 4000 feet average. 

Although Sao has giant fields of coffee it doesn't mean they cleared the natural areas - quite the habitat they maintain - wild giant packs of capybara - many snakes and pond habitats - birds galore. Funny story - wondering his fields in the middle of the night I was chased by a pack of about 30 capybaras - never been so scared in my life (although i am pretty sure they are harmless.. definitely intimidating to have a pack run at you) quite the adventure finding these beans. 

Tasting Notes:
A great new batch of beans from Sao - nice prep, even roasting. fuller bodied with some decent acidity at lighter roasts - a bit of a soft fruit tone with some definite sweetness coming through. A bit of that classic nuttiness at the light roast points. Much fuller bodied and way darker toned into the darker roasts - much more chocolaty with defined sweetness and almost no acidity - a bit of roasty notes add some character into 2nd crack. A great higher end S/O espresso base or single origin drinker - would shoot for different roast profile dependent on use - full city for a nice pour-over or drip - into 2nd crack a little for an espresso base. If your a big Brazil fan, a city+ roast is clean with crisp acidity.

Roasting Notes: 
This coffee is easy to roast, I would avoid the real light roasts. Try extending the roast to build some body and darker tones, a shorter roast will accentuate the sweetness and crispness of the cup. Very different from a medium roast to a dark roast but equally as tasty in my book. More unique at the medium roast but not quite as chocolaty. 


Brazil Sao Francisco Estate - Lot 006
1 Lb bag

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El Salvador Hi-U Garciano Cruz
Honey Pacamara Finca Camelias - Mamadelia ML

Pacamara is a hybrid strain of Arabica know for its very large and sweet versus earthy beans. Accompanied with the Honey Processing, this is a pretty unique offering.

Part of the Hi-U farm group pretty much guarantees you will get a tasty and unique cup of coffee.

Hi-U is leading the way to fully sustainable processing in coffee - they use a mix of Full Natural and Honey Processed techniques to create cups of every taste profile. This particular offering is pretty crazy - looks like a natural but tastes like a washed.

Pacamaras are always on the favorites list but can be a little trickier to roast. Mostly appealing to a stronger cup fan with a little fuller roast.

Tasting Notes:
A very strong full bodied cup of joe. The honey processing really left these beans with higher acidity and a lot more crispness. Citrus and soft fruit are the 1st notes to hit the pallet - watch the roast level for on the lighter side they can be a little powerful. Very little ferment tone - this cup is much closer to a traditional washed processed coffee (one will not be able to tell this by the looks). The cup is very balanced with a more chocolaty earthy tone - much cleaner than a Sumatra by a ton and turns pretty malty chocolaty into the darker roasts. Good sweetness through the cup tones.

Roasting Notes:
Being a Pacamara with a little higher acidity I would shoot for a little darker roast - Just touching 2nd crack created a wonderfully balanced and exotic cup without being too overpowering in any aspect. For you dark roast fans looking for something a bit more exotic - the bit of raised acidity in the cup really adds a ton of sweetness to the darker roast points into 2nd crack. Watch the beans a little closer on this guy - tends to take off and roast very quickly when getting close to 2nd crack.

El Salvador Hi-U Garciano Cruz
Honey Pacamara Finca Camelias - Mamadelia ML
1 Lb bag

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Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural

This is a way cool coffee but an upfront warning - this does not taste like any other Colombian - this cup is closer to a Natural Ethiopian than other Colombians. Real trick natural processing leaves this cup very sweet and fruity with a lot of wild tones popping out - absolutely stellar and unique for a Natural Processed fan. 

This is really the 1st year for Natural Colombians, the government banned the export of them for a very long time - they saw them as an inferiorly processed coffee but they were not being produced like they were in Ethiopia (and other hip countries) until now :-). 

Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural is sourced from a single farm owned by Rosevel Ortiz Escarpeta and his family.  Finca La Illusion is located in the municipality of San Agustin within the department of Huila, Colombia.  In 2010, the Colombian government started a program to benefit farmers who were displaced during the military conflict in the region.  Rosevel is one of the successful farmers who participated in this government program and has successfully become a specialty coffee producer. 

Tasting Notes:
Chalked full of fruit notes and acidity - a blaster of a cup. Very sweet and medium bodied with red fruit notes like strawberry overly present in the cup - a real fruit bomb at lighter roasts - mixing nicely with a heavier citrus acidity and ending with a slightly nutty dark chocolate undertone.

Roasting Notes:
This is a before 2nd crack coffee - personally i loved it best on the lighter side - not right at 1st crack but not far past it - a real berry blast. Gets a bit smoother and bigger bodied closer to 2nd crack - also very enjoyable but not quite the fruit bomb, more subtle fruit notes balanced with a bit of bakers chocolate. 

Colombia Huila Finca La Ilusion Natural

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Indonesian Org. Sumatra IKA Red Cherry

A true S/O Indonesian - which is pretty rare. Usually aggregated at a mill level and passed through multiple channels before even reaching the mill - this coffee is much more traceable and controllable than most - it shows in the prep and quality of the beans.

This Sumatra coffee is sourced from the family run Jagong Mill and surrounding farms (owned by Irham Junus, his son Andi and daughter Ina), located in the Takengon and Atu Lintang coffee region of Aceh province in Sumatra, Indonesia. By only using ripe red fruit, Irham and his family are pioneering something truly unique in Sumatra. As they control the whole process from tree to mill to export, they are able to avoid the long and convoluted supply lines that can compromise Sumatran quality. 

See a video from the Junus family. 

Tasting Notes
This is a unique Sumatra - a bit more brightness than most with a little thinner body, very clean with a incensy spice note. A cool and complex Indo. Gets fuller bodied and more traditional at to into 2nd crack with the exception of the earthy notes, not to be found in this cup.

Roasting Notes:
Looking for exotic - stop the roast before 2nd crack - not a light roast coffee, stay closer to 2nd than 1st but make sure not to hit 2nd crack. Looking for an exceptionally clean but not so exotic Indo? Take it just into 2nd crack - much more chocolaty and smokey.


Indonesian Org. Sumatra IKA Red Cherry - 1 Lb Bag

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Papua New Guinea Kimel Plantation "PB"

Very fresh new crop 2015/16 beans!

Kimel plantation was first established in 1974 by an Australian, Bobby Gibbs; it is now owned by traditional landowners, the Opais being the main tribe. Although locally owned, the plantation is managed by expatriate personnel with extensive experience in plantation management. They are appointed by the local directors. The plantation has a permanent workforce of 432, and they are housed on the estate in bush housing. 

The estate also provides schooling for the children and medical facilities for the workforce and their dependents. Clean running water has been made available to the estate workers by way of a community project financed by one of their overseas clients, and its implementation is overseen by the estate’s management. Since the estate is located along the Kimel river, from which it derived its name, it has access to good clean water for the processing of its crop, which is a pre requisite along with sound husbandry and dedicated management to continually create quality coffees. 

The estate’s management also implements some ecology friendly policies with regard to environmental issues, such as the recycling of pulp, which is returned to the fields as organic fertilizer, and the recycling of water used during the wet processing. The cultivation is conducted under shade trees, like Albizias and Gravilleas

Tasting Notes:  This lot was harvested at the perfect time and is a great find. The cup is smooth and rich, fuller bodied coupled with a bit of a citrus/ginger note. It is a very chocolaty cup ranging from pretty smooth to strong bakers chocolate dependant on roast. The cup has a very floral aroma and a hint of sweetness and smokiness in the aftertaste. Clean, rich, balanced and very tasty.

Roasting Notes: It can be roasted both light and dark, and creates an interesting coffee by blending the two different roasts. Enjoy!


Papua New Guinea Kimel Plantation "PB"
1 Lb bag

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BCT Herbal Energizer

Ginseng, licorice, peppermint leaves, hibiscus, lemon grass, 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 lemon grass and peppermint aroma are just the start to this great cup - this will definitely leave your taste buds jazzed with a strong lemon grass 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
4 Ounce Bag

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Decaffeinated Indonesian Sumatra Mandehling Gr. 1 MWP

New 2015/16 Crop! 

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 Gr. 1 MWP
1 Lb bag

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