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Ethiopian Natural Queen City Harrar

New 2016 Crop!

This Ethiopian Harrar “Queen City” brand has been developed in partnership with a long time supplier of Harrar coffee, Mohamed Abdullahi Ogsadey the exporter of the former “MAO Horse” brand. The key feature here is the initial grades of coffee that go into the brand, along with the final cleaning, preparation, and defect removal processes. Most exporters selling “Grade 4 Harrar” will purchase a blend of high and low grade coffees, from both East and West Harrar, and do only a minimal cleaning to remove foreign matter like sticks and rocks. This is not the case with “Queen City”. Only the top 3 grade categories from East Harrar available in the ECX auction are initially purchased. After blending, the coffee then undergoes an intensive hand-sorting procedure that removes up to 25% of the beans as defective in order to ensure a preparation that is superior to any other coffee you will find from the Harrar region.

Tasting Notes:
This is not a super clean coffee, it has complexities and a bit of a roughness, but that’s just one of the things that really makes it so great to us.  Despite its rustic character you still get a great cup of coffee.  The aroma is dark chocolate and hints of strawberry. Its body is smooth, rich and clean. The flavor has many layers of lemongrass, berries, smokiness, and lemon peel with little higher acidity than previous years, chocolate-caramel-dried plums with a hint of nut, delicious sweet finish. Some will pick up the smokey tones mixing with the acidity as a slight eathiness, but not like a Sumatra much mellower. 

Also great for blending to add body, sweetness, slight berry tone to espresso blends or Mocha/Java type blends.

Roasting Notes:
This is a very versatile Ethiopian.  At a lighter roast you will really taste the amazing lemongrass with a slight berry notes and a crisp, bold acidity.  Darker you will lose some of the floral aroma but you will get a rustic cup with more dark berry tones and more of a cocoa finish. 

Ethiopian Natural Queen City Harrar
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.90
Newsletter Special $5.60

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Brazil Finca Primavera Hi-U Black Honey

Following his father’s footsteps, producer Ricardo Tavares has dedicated his life to the coffee industry. As an innovator, he promotes and supports new coffee practices.

Fazenda Primavera is located in the municipality of Angelândia, Minas Gerais. The farm altitude is between 1000 to 1050 meters above sea level, which promotes the cultivation of specialty coffee. Furthermore, the climate also provides favorable conditions with average temperatures between 68 and 75 °F annually and precipitation of 3 to 4 ft. Fazenda Primavera has state of the art installations including a large drying patio, 14 electric dryers, and equipment for processing fully washed coffees. The farm cultivates predominately Red and Yellow Catuaí (95%), but it has slowly introducing new varieties such as Novo Mundo. The farm certificates include Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance, UTZ, Minas Coffee and Brazilian Specialty Coffee Association.

This lot was a partnership between Garciano Cruz from Hi-U and Ricardo Tavares. Garciano is basically a processing consultant to Primavera and together they have produced some awesome and unique (and very botique for Primavera) Brazilian coffees. 

Tasting Notes: A very gentle cup - The milder offering of all the Hi-U cups so far. Lower acidity with a bit more body than average. Very clean with a pretty diverse flavor set - a black honey almost anyone will like. Lighter roasts pick up a pretty fruity aroma but only a hint in the cup - smooth, a bit sweeter with a more dry nutty finish - similar to your traditional Brazil cup with a hint of ferment up front, a very pleasant everyday/all-day drinker. Darker roasts (close to into 2nd crack) produce a much jammier body, sweeter malty/chocolate notes with still a hint of ferment. One can pick up a little smoke mixing into the cup starting right before 2nd crack that will accentuate into 2nd crack. 

Roasting Notes: We think a full city roast give or take 2nd crack was the best - the fuller body with a bit more chocolate and just the touch of fruit upfront was very tasty - still very nice with some roasty notes into 2nd crack but not nearly as smooth. Those who like a little more nuttiness to the cup will really think it to shine at a medium roast - decently before 2nd crack. 

Brazil Finca Primavera Hi-U Black Honey
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $6.45
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Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Washed

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 coffee is not only 100% Arabica, but more importantly it is grown on a large percentage of Bourbon and Typica coffee trees (which produce higher quality beans than other varieties of coffee trees). 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:
This Nicaragua cup is a classic 'Central' with a clean very sweet floral aroma, medium body and a bright, lively flavor with an awesome carmelly sweetness. Sparkling and rich, this is a prime example of a top rated Nic. A great mix of light and dark tones, very balanced. 

Roasting Notes: A very versitile roaster - a bit more acidity than the honey processed leaves it a little bit front loaded at lighter roast points - we recommend a medium to dark roast to get nice balance.

Selva Negra means the black forest - beyond the coffee trees below you can see why.

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A great example of a good looking production tree and how the fruit ripens at different times - this is what makes hand picking so nessisary for good coffee.

 

After a hard day of picking...

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Finally the reception - every afternoon of picking all the workers gather for the cherry reception - this is where the work for the day will be logged and the start of the processing for the cherry. Normally workers get paid by volume but many farms bonus on quality - too many bad/underipe beans in the pick and its bad for everyone

Nicaraguan SHG RFA Selva Negra Washed
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.10
Newsletter Special $5.80

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Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Estate PB Plus

New 2015/16 crop!

Tanzania Kilimanjaro Estate Peaberry Plus coffee is sourced from a family-owned estate located in the Karatu district, Tanzania. The lowest and highest elevations in all of Africa, the floor of Lake Tanganyika (352 meters below sea level) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters above sea level) are both located in Tanzania.  Between these commanding landmarks, Kilimanjaro Estate coffee is cultivated on the rim of the Ngorongoro crater, which is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  More than 25,000 wild animals, including the largest population of lions, make their home within the crater walls.  The rounder shaped peaberry, formed from the rare maturation of one seed per cherry rather than the typical two seeds, is meticulously sorted during the milling process for its distinct flavor profiles.  

Tasting Notes:

An awesome prime time lot of Tanz PB - Fresh as can be and a very clean cup. Chocolaty at any roast point but a lot of interesting charecter to the cup when taken to just touching 2nd crack or lighter. Pretty bright compared to other Tanz coffees but still a bit behind a Kenyan. The brighter aspect of this cup gives a lot of sweetness, little hint of lemongrass and a bit of a darker fruit note. This is all balanced nicely with a very spicy chocolate undertone. 

Roasting Notes: 
We like this coffee at a medium to dark roast. Try extending the roast at the light to medium roast points to build a little more body and undertones. 

 

Tanzanian Kilimanjaro Estate PB Plus
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $5.92
Newsletter Special $4.62

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Guatemalan SHB EP Antigua Finca Colombia

Guatemala Antigua Finca Colombia is a family owned farm located near the city of Antigua within the department of Sacatepequez, Guatemala.  The Asensio family has owned Finca Colombia a thirty seven acres farm for nearly a century.  Luis Pedro Zelaya, a fourth generation coffee producer, manages Finca Colombia. 

With over 100 years of family knowledge and a formal education in agronomy, Luis Pedro has the unique ability to bring tradition and innovation together.  For example, at the coffee mill it is easy to see traditional fermentation processes being implemented, while at the same time, cutting edge drying techniques practiced in a solar dryer with three tiers of drying beds and sensors to precisely manage temperature. 

A nice top notch Antigua - this region is what made Guatemalan coffee famous and continue to impress to this day. Very balanced coffee (light versus dark tone).

Tasting Notes: Classic Antigua in its tones and very clean. Great first new crop arrival. It does have some sizzling brightness at the very light roast points but balances out nicely from a city plus to full city (medium to borderline dark). A very chocolaty cup of coffee with good body and sweetness. Light roasts are floral versus chocolate - maybe a hint of soft fruit. Darker roasts will produce a complimentary smoky tone mixing with the chocolaty tones with almost no acidity.

Roasting Notes: This cup will pick up fans from light to dark. Judge the roast by how much you like acidity in the cup. Clean enough to make a stellar light roast. Fabulous edgy dark chocolate and smoke into 2nd crack but still sweet. A fun coffee to do a single origin roast blend, mix 50/50 medium roast with a little darker roast for a nice interesting cup.

Guatemalan SHB EP Antigua Finca Colombia
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $7.25
Newsletter Special $5.75

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Tanzanian AA Micro-Lot Tarime

This lot of prime AA coffee comes from the new Muriba Mill that serves ten farmer groups across 15 villages, near the town of Tarime, in the Mara area of northern Tanzania. From having no production in 2013, the mill processed nearly two million kilos of cherry in the 2015/16 season (this crop), and production is still increasing. The area experiences two seasons of rainfall, the long rains from March to May and the short rains from October to December. On average they receive 1400mm of rainfall per year, which means there is great access to water. Production cycle follows the standard timeframe for the Northern Tanzanian coffee harvest which roughly coincides with the Kenyan production cycle across the border; main crop is harvested September through December and fly crop harvested March through June. 

The average farmer has around one acre of land, planted with on average nearly 550 trees per acre. The cherry production per tree is below one kg, which is very low, and there is a high potential of increasing production in the coming years. Most contributors to the mill are subsistence farmers who also grow tea, bananas, maize, millet, beans, potatoes and cassava, much of it intercropped with their coffee. After picking, ripe cherry is brought to the mill to be wet processed using a disc pulper and washing channels. Time on the drying tables depends on ambient temperature and moisture, and total production volume undergoing processing, taking from 7 to 15 days in total. Frequent turning and sorting will happen during the drying stage.

Tasting Notes: 
Wow (good way to start a description) - this cup is unique and pretty wild but bound to impress. Very sweet with some awesome light fruit at lighter roasts - think juicy peach or melon. The fruitiness of the cup is not coming from ferment tones but more from the super clean acidity. A little hint of citrus hits after the fruit and it ends with a mellow chocolaty tone. Darker roasts are tasty as well but the real shine is at lighter roast points - darker roasts will be much fuller bodied, still very sweet with decently stronger chocolaty undertone - turns a bit bitter/sweet chocolate into 2nd crack

Roasting Notes: 
Want to see what a stellar Tanz tastes like and why it will be highly rated in the industry - got to take this guy on the lighter side. Just after 1st crack - what they call a cupper roast. The beans will still look a bit splotchy from the washed processing - that is okay, you may still see a little chaff on some of the beans, also okay - this is where you will get the wild yet super clean fruit tones. Watch it though - if not quite all the beans get through 1st crack it will not be that tasty. Error a shade darker than lighter. A full city roast will be recommended for most - doesn't burn out too much of the uniqueness while balancing all those jazzy lighter tones - try to keep it before 2nd crack. 

Tanzanian AA Micro-Lot Tarime
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $7.50
Newsletter Special $6.20

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Costa Rican SHB EP La Palma Co-op

A great new 2016 Costa offering! 

Our Costa Rica La Palma coffee is produced by Cooperativa de Caficultores y de Servicios Múltiples de Palmares, COOPEPALMARES, R. L., a cooperative 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: 
Very well balanced cup - a bit on the less acidic side for Costa - going more after the chocolaty floral fuller bodied and sweet cup. A very classic example of a premium Costa - similar to the La Pastora but a bit sweeter and smoother. Right at the full city mark it picks up a brown sugar sweetness that is pretty unique and very tasty. A great everyday drinker - not too extreme in any manner.

Roasting Notes: 
Best at a medium to dark roast.  Lighter you will you will pick up less defined darker tones and a bit of acidic grassyness, medium roast will bring very clean tones and well defined chocolaty floral factor. Dark roasts get much thicker and creamier while still being on the sweet side but this bean will also pick up decent roasty notes.

Costa Rican SHB EP La Palma Co-op
1 Lb Bag

Burman Price - $5.76
Newsletter Special $4.26

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Green Tea - Pinhead Org. Gunpowder Wuyuan 

Even, rolled, pellet shaped leaf with smooth, nutty flavor.

Steeping Time - 3-4 Minutes

Water Temp - 175-185 F

This is your classic green tea type tones. A little higher acidity, slightly edgy with a robust spicy note, a bit of dried apricot and anise. 

This gunpowder is a heavier robust tea. Fun to watch the tea leaves expand (grows an exponential amount). A fairly dark toned green tea; classically toned. 

 

Pinhead Org. Gunpowder Wuyuan
4 Ounce Bag

Burman Price - $4.88
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Decaffeinated Guatemalan SHB MWP

Guatemalan coffees are always some of our favorites! 

This is a very fresh new crop Guat offerings, freshness in processing is always key in tasty decafs. 

Processed via the MWP method - Mountain Water Processing this is part of the Royal Select line of decafs, which only use premium screens and lots instead of the usually "leftovers" that commercial coffee uses. 

Tasting Notes:
A little darker toned but smooth and rich cup of Decaf. Malty tones with a little floral aspect are the main tones but one can also see hints of a chocolaty factor and a little spice. 

Roasting Notes:
Decafs roast more quickly, so keep an eye on it the first time. A versatile roaster, take it medium to dark for a nice crisp cup.

 

Decaffeinated Guatemalan SHB MWP
1 Lb bag

Burman Price - $6.80
Newsletter Special $5.50

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