Upcoming Roast Coffee Pairing: Central American Reprise 9/21/11

Why do Central American coffees appeal to North American taste buds so much? Is it because they are clean and sweet? Or are we just accustomed to central American coffees because it is the coffee origin closest to us? Existential questions probably best pondered over a cup of Central American coffee. Here we will roast the Costa Rica Bajo Canet de Tarrazu, and the Panama Boquete Garrido Estate Lot 26-92. Both are new additions and will be reviewed and added to the site soon so you can read up on them. Both are traditional washed Central American coffees.

Upcoming Roast Coffee Pairing for Sept. 7. 2011: Sumatra Tarbarita Peaberry & Nicaragua Mozonte - Un Regalo de Dios

*We are now going to use the weblog to announce the upcoming Roast Coffee Pairing so you can read a bit about what is next in line.  We always post this information on the main site:


So, go to that link if you'd like to place an order for the following pairing:

Roasted Coffee Pairing #62; Guatemala La Providencia Dos & Costa Rica Cafetalera Herbazu

This week's roasted coffee pairing features two heavy-hitters from Central America, and raises the specter of the never-ending (but not that serious) grudge match between the Ticos and the Guates. It's Guatemala La Providencia Dos and  Costa Rica Cafetalera Herbazu. Finca Providencia in the area of San Pedro Necta of Huehuetenango; Guatemala is winning out on balance, a well-integrated sweetness and fairly mild acidity, especially for a Huehue. Pay attention as it cools, and mild sweet orange and vanilla-caramel emerge.

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We realized that we were confusing everyone by having two blogs. So this blog about our roasted coffee is officially closed ... All the roasted coffee posts included in our main blog: http://www.sweetmarias.com/weblog/

Roast Coffee Pairing #44: Brazil Daterra Farms -- Benefits Grounds For Health Charity

Thank you for purchasing this very special roast coffee pairing.  Both of these lots are from the well-known Daterra Farms in Brazil and we bought them in the annual Grounds for Health auction.  Grounds For Health is a wonderful charity that does good work in coffee-growing regions bringing health care to women.

Roast Coffee Pairing #43: Flatbean vs. Peaberry

This week we are roasting two coffees from Tanzania that are markedly different, partially due to their selection.  Nyamtimbo Peaberry is a lot from the South of the country, far from Kenya but with some hints of malic (apple) acidity balanced against a spicy, caramelized sweetness.  We roasted this to Full City level, final thermoprobe temp 435 and roast times around 15 minutes.  Mbinga Ruvuma Flatbean has even wilder notes of black pepper and dark berry alongside the aforementioned acidity.  Roasted to Full City+ level, final thermoprobe temp 440 and roast times around 15 minutes.  Both of t

Roast Coffee Pairing #42: Guatemala Love-In

Are you loving our Guatemalan offerings as much as us?  We are roasting two exceptional Guatemalan coffees that you can compare and enjoy. First up is a classic Guatemalan cup in the Bourbon Finca San Diego Buena Vista. Look for the balanced body and syrup tones from this classic profile. Contrast that against the Finca La Bella JBM Cultivar, an unorthodox Jamaican Blue seed stock preparation grown in Guatemala. Look for a pronounced milk chocolate taste and a bit of acidity in the cup.

Roast Coffee Pairing #41: South American Slugfest

For this pairing we are roasting two great coffees from South America:  Brazil Joao de Campos Yellow Catuai and Colombia – Los Chuchos de Tolima.  Both were roasted to Full City with a touch less roast on the Colombia to highlight some of the nuances of that lot.  The Los Chuchos lot may be a “mutt” of sorts, but the pedigree is fanstastic.  Tolima consistently produces some of the highest rated coffees we come across and this is no exception, wonderful fruit is balanced with nutmeg notes and a finish reminscent of black tea.  Brazil Joao de Campos offers quite a contrast featuring  caramel an

Roast Coffee Pairing #40: DIY Mokha Java

Two great coffees equal one super Mokha Java blend.

Roast Coffee Pairing #39: Central American Compare/Contrast

Here we have a comparison of two mild and balanced wet-process coffees  - the types of cups that make you say “That is good coffee.” It sounds dumb right?

Roast Coffee Pairing #38: Indonesian Comparison

We roasted two different Indonesian coffees this time... a Sumatra Grade 1, a Classic Mandheling,... and  Sumatra Onan Ganjang Cultivar.  The Grade 1 Mandheling is what many people look for in Sumatran coffee - heavy body  and a complex earthy flavor.

Roast Coffee Pairing #37: Unsung Heroes or The Dark Side

Maybe "Unsung Heroes" is misleading - it is more like "Commonly Overlooked Coffees" or "Under-Appreciated Coffees" or "Perfectly Good Coffees without an Effective Marketing Campaign."   We might as well call it "The Dark Side" as it is also a couple of coffees that we will roast past our usual City+/Full City roast.  First we have the Bali Kintamani which is wet-hulled - the processing method used widely in Sumatra -  it has that earthiness in the cup and it takes a dark roast well. Expect some chocolatey-ness and fruit.

Roast Coffee Pairing #36: Africanized--Uganda and Tanzania

Here is a reprise of a pairing we had last year; two wet-processed African coffees that are different both from each other and from other wet-processed Africans. The flavors of both the Tanzania and the Uganda seem related to their powerhouse coffee neighbors (Kenya and Ethiopia) but then different.  The Tanzania Nyamtimbo Peaberry is Kenya-like in that it has some citrus-y acidity, but is more rounded, with a creamy mouthfeel and better body.

Roast Coffee Pairing #35: Two Processing Styles of Brazil

In this pairing we will offer two different Brazilian coffees that were processed by two different methods, one a pulped natural and one a dry process.   This will highlight the influence of processing method on the coffee you taste in the cup.

Roast Coffee Pairing #33: Name that Coffee!

So, I know there are millions out there waiting for my roast blog posts (tee hee hee), but I plum forgot about it for the past month or so, here are a few lagging posts. For April Fool's we roasted two different coffees and labeled the bags A and B challenging you to guess which coffees they were. And the answer is:

Coffee A was:

Nicaragua Finca San Jose Java Longberry

Coffee B was:

Sulawesi Wet-Process Toarco Flatbean