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Costa Rican SHB EP Monte Crisol

This is a very similar bean to our old house Costa Rican BCT Dota Select for the customers that have been with us for awhile. It is the same Co-op but they have grown considerably bigger and are in many more regions and areas. Monte Crisol is a cooperative produced coffee founded in 1962 with over 1,450 members from Palmares, a canton in the province of Alajuela, Costa Rica. COOPEPALMARES has a state of the art processing facility with certifications in quality and environmental management from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The wet mill utilizes recycled water and the mechanical dryers (guardiolas) recirculate airflow to maximize furnace efficiency. The facility also has an organic fertilizer production plant and a water treatment plant. COOPEPALMARES operates two supermarkets in Palmares and sells roasted coffee for national consumption. Coop members have access to low interest loans and healthcare for their families at the coop-run health center and mobile clinic.


Tasting Notes:
Medium body and acidity, a nice mellow everyday drinker. Hints of a sweeter floral tone balanced with a more bakers chocolate undertone.

Roasting Notes: 
I tended not to like a full city roast I would either go city roast for a little more brightness and sweetness, increasing the floral aspect, otherwise go into 2nd crack for a much fuller bodied dark chocolate cup with just a hint of floral Costa tones.

Costa Rican SHB EP Monte Crisol
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.14
Newsletter Special $4.84

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Colombian Popayan Supremo

New 2014 crop! Supremo is Colombia's largest bean sort. Colombia continues to turn out some of the best coffees in the world and this Popayan Supremo is no exception. This coffee from the Cauca region of Colombia is grown on small farms where it is selectively picked and processed. On most of the farms, the coffee is shade grown. The region is home to over 1,000 different species of birds. Cauca is a multi-ethnic region, and the coffee growers are indigenous, mestizo descendants of the original inhabitants and the Spanish, and Afro-Colombian immigrants—they have worked hard to preserve their social structures and traditions. The growers work the land collectively

Tasting Notes:
The aroma of this coffee is very nice; sweet with with a little spice floral tone. It is pretty classically toned for a Colombian; semi-dry toasted walnut overtone turning a bit more molasses/caramelly into the darker roast points. Very balanced, subtle spice, clean and rich with a nice new crop crisp acidity.

Roasting Notes:
This bean is very versatile when it comes to roasting; great from light to dark. Be sure to try different roast points for it will greatly vary what flavors are accentuated. Enjoy a brighter morning cup at a City Roast or take it into an afternoon/evening coffee by roasting it from a Full City to a French roast.

Colombian Popayan Supremo
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$5.99
Newsletter Special $4.69

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Honduran FTO SHG EP Capucas

In 1885, Atanacio Rodolfo Romero, great grandfather of the Rodriguez-Romero family, bought big parts of land in the region of Capucas, Honduras, and began growing tobacco and a little bit of coffee for his private consumption. 75 years later, his son Atanacio Rodolfo Romero traveled to Costa Rica where he learned best practices to produce coffee of high quality, switched from growing tobacco to coffee, setting the ground work for this 2012 very tasty arrival.

Tasting Notes:
A very pleasant and sweet cup of coffee. Smooth, rich, clean and bright, this is an everyday winner. A much more complex cup of Joe this time around, brighter than previous offerings. You get more of a crisp citrus note mixing with those stronger bakers chocolate tones, very well balanced at a full city roast.

Roasting Notes:
An easy and versatile coffee to roast, medium to dark. Medium roast for a brighter/crisper cup with a hint of a bakers chocolate, dark roasted for a more blunt in your face chocolate note. A faster roast will highlight the bright, clean flavor notes.
Honduran FTO SHG EP Capucas
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.80
Newsletter Special
$4.50

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Guat. Huehue. Top Lot Manantial "Mendez Brothers"

So this coffee is about as cool and exotic as coffee can get! 

Manantial is a little village in Huehue that is renowned not only for coffee but its other crops as well - said to be some of the best growing areas in the entire country. So why has no one ever heard of this before? The answer is their size, its tiny! Most coffee to come out of this area is blended by mills and served up as a regional offering - they cannot put together a large enough crop to be sensibly exported to the U.S. 

So how did we get this lot? Well luckily our good friend Edwin from Finca Vista Hermosa grabbed us an awesome six bag lot got it to our doors, good to have friends in high places :-)

Unfortunately these beans are not cheap but the cup is awesome - doesn't taste like many other Guats we have had through our doors. 

Tasting Notes:
Wow (cant we just leave it at that...), tropical fruit notes, sweet acidity, clean and balanced, dry malty finish. While blind cupping these beans I would have almost thought it to be an Ethiopian with those tropical fruit notes (and on a washed coffee!!!) but the malty dark tone kept throwing me. A cup that any serious Guat fan will love!

Roasting Notes: 
Medium roast - don't go to light or dark. If your a dark roast fan - pick up some of the cheaper Guats on offer, the Z 14 will be an awesome offering for you. This cup is for those who like exotic tones and acidic notes. 

Guat. Huehue. Top Lot Manantial "Mendez Brothers"
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$9.99
Newsletter Special $7.99

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Ethiopian Honey Yirgacheffe Koke Co-Op

A fresh restock on my favorite natural coffee this season so far. The KOKE cooperative was established in 1975, and joined The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) in 2002. It currently has 1,153 member farmers. All of the members grow their coffee on plots of land under 4 hectares. By joining the YCFCU, the KOKE cooperative has benefitted from being a part of a larger cooperative and a network of coffee producers. YCFCU has built schools, helped bring electricity to small villages and communities, and built bridges to make transportation safer and easier.

Honey is the term for Semi Washed Processing, tends to leave the cup cleaner that full natural but retains the character of the naturals. Here's your chance to try an exceptional grade 1 Ethiopian.

This cup shares all the great flavors and fruity notes of a profound Harrar while being as crisp and clean as a top notch washed Yirgacheffe.

For you Ethiopian fans, this is one great find!

Tasting Notes:
Besides just plain old awesome - one will taste a strong blast of fruit and berry along with a hint lemon/honey sweetness. A very jammy body - this is what we wish every natural coffee would taste like. Clean, rich, smooth and exotic!

Roasting Notes:
This is a light roast coffee, just past the first crack cool it off. A city to city + roast really brings out the full potential of this cup. Make sure to let it set up for a day or two before drinking.

Ethiopian Honey Yirgacheffe Koke Co-Op
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.30
Newsletter Special $5.99

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Papua New Guinea Korgua A

Very fresh 2014 beans! The Korgua Mill was established by Dan Leahy, the Australian explorer who was the first outsider to venture into the New Guinea Higlands in the 1930’s. It was built on the traditional battle ground between the Ulga and Kolga tribes, who asked him to settle there as a buffer between them, and to arbitrate their disputes. Korgua was the first true coffee estate ever founded in New Guinea and to this day is run by Dan’s youngest son, Brian. It is planted mostly with old growth Typica trees, many of which are over 60 years old! Recently, Brian has undertaken a renovation program to remove a particularly virulent strain of ground moss which threatened some of the trees. He has, however, left the old varietals intact. Brian also provides support and processes coffee cherries for farmers in the surrounding Nebilyer Valley. The coffee we sell as Korgua is grown on the farm itself.

Tasting Notes: 
A very cool lot of PNG - a little rougher looking than the Kimel operation but awesome tasting. Very sweet and clean with a hint of ginger spice and a stronger bakers chocolate undertone. Fuller bodied and semi-floral with just enough acidity to keep it a little crisper.

Roasting Notes:
This is not a light roast coffee - medium roast to just touching the second crack is going to be the sweet spot. Too dark and you lose a bit of sweetness and the cool bright notes, too light and you get a bit grassy. Recommended to take it right before the second crack - great balance. Some may decide to take it slightly lighter or darker but will be personal preference.

Papua New Guinea Korgua A
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.47
Newsletter Special $5.17

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Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon

The new 2014 crop is in and very tasty! Not on our normal list yet..

The new crop year to one of my favorite Indos!! A great year for it, very clean and fresh as can be. This is the sister coffee to the Kintamani Natural (very different tasting. Kintamani coming in about a month from now).

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.

Tasting Notes:
A very rich, clean, and smooth cup with a hint sweet lemon acidity balanced with a nice predominate chocolaty finish. Medium to full bodied with low acidity, a nice daily cup. Hints of a slight smoky tones 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.

Indonesian RFA Org. Balinese Blue Moon
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.86
Newsletter Special $5.65

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Decaffeinated Costa Rican Ateneo MWP

Very fresh and very tasty! MWP stands for Mountain Water Processed, a plant in Mexico that used a non-chemical process, much quicker than the well known Swiss water process. The quicker process tends to leave the bean closer to the caffeinated equivalent with just a hint more brightness.

Tasting Notes:
Costa Decafs are always one of my favorite decaf coffees. This lot retained decent brightness which is a huge plus for decafs, usually most of the brightness is lost during the water processing. This cup is marked by sweeter citrus tones accompanied by a rich smooth chocolate bottom and a medium body.

Roasting Notes:
We think a full city roast (just touching second crack) retains the most sweetness while accentuating the nice chocolate tones. Costa coffees are nice and easy to roast, tasty from a medium roast to as dark as you want to go.

Decaffeinated Costa Rican Ateneo MWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price -
$6.50
Newsletter Special $5.50

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KTDA Kenya Black Tea

 

 

The Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. (KTDA) was established in 2000 and is owned by 54 tea companies which, in turn, have 550,000 small tea farmers as individual shareholders.

Steeping Time - 3 Minutes
Water Temp - 212 F

Tasting Notes:
Broken leaf style with some tips.

A hearty and strong black tea. Also good to make your own blends.

KTDA Kenya Black Tea

Burman Price - $5.75
Newsletter Price -$4.75


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The New Brazen Plus (Model 2.0!)



















Brazen Plus Coffee Brewer w/ Free shipping, t-shirt, and 1lb Free Panama Carmen Estate

Newsletter Price -$199.99


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