Out with the new, in with the newer!

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April 5, 2015

In relation to other coffee-producing origins, Colombia stands out in that coffee is being harvested practically year-round. Most other origins we buy from tend to have a single harvest lasting a couple of months. This means that after all the coffee's been picked, there will be nothing fresh to be found for the better part of the year. Not the case in Colombia, where a wide range of micro-climates and close proximity to the equator make for a seemingly steady stream of fresh green.

The Mania of Tanzania

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Tanzania has been considered by traders as a "lesser Kenya" in many respects. In the commercial business, it is the source of less spendy, mildly acidic coffees via the weekly marketing auction in Moshi. But the quality potential of Tanzania coffee has been difficult to realize due to a number of factors.

 

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Mar - Apr 2003: Home Roasting and Freshness; It's Sumatra Time!; It's Nice to Be Near the Port…; …and It's Nice to Be Near the Brokers…

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Sat, 2003-03-01

It's Sumatra Time!

Coffee is a crop. It may seem odd to think of coffee this way since it is also a dried seed from a small fruiting tree. And we don't think about the crop cycle of other dried seeds on our kitchen shelves. But there is a particular window of time when a new crop of coffee arrives at the Oakland port (a mere 5 minutes from our shop) and all the good coffee buyers are on the hunt for the best lot.

Nov - Dec 2009: Beyond the Hype; 2010 Dogs of Coffee Calendar

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Sun, 2009-11-01

Getting Beyond the Hype: Indiana Jones Doesn't Live Here

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