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5 New Arrivals

Seasonal coffee season started this weekend! [According the the Dogs of Coffee calendar.] Here are the new offerings this week... First we have a favorite Kona from Moki's Farm - we will limit it to 2 lbs. per order since it is a small lot. This one is very versatile, with everything from City+ to Full City+ roast recommended, and try it as a SO espresso. Look for floral aromatics and dark chocolate --- this is a great arrival this season! Next we have some nice arrivals with the Costa Rica Cafetin San Martin and Colombia Tolima Florestales - Maximinio Gutierres. the Costa Rica San Martin is from the Tarrazu region and has been ranking well in the CoE. Look for sweet caramel and nutty roast flavors with an apple brightness on this limited lot. Some folks might remember the Colombia Maximinio Gutierrez from this past season. This is a sweet berry profile with cinnamon and apple accents; we have very little of this one and so are limiting sales to 1lb. Rounding out the new coffees is Kenya Kiambu Peaberry - Riuki, a citrusy coffee with lemon and mandarin orange in the cup. This Kenya can be very bright at light roasts and has a plum note at darker levels.   And another great decaf! Sumatra Sidikaland WP Decaf is another coffee that we had custom decaffeinated - it is a...

Roast Coffee Pairing #34: Central America: Compare/Contrast

Here we are comparing two Central American coffees - both from the same region - the same processing method. In a way we are splitting hairs here with two coffees from the same mill, the same region. The difference is the cultivar - in one case Caturra, the other Villa Sarchi. The Costa Rica Helsar Villa Sarchi Solis is classic Costa Rican coffee, mild with great balance, good body and brightness. The Caturra Macho Arce is farmed by Manuel Arce, who calls himself “Macho”, this is another classic, bright, clean cup with similar cup characterisics. There is a distinct difference in the body of these two lots, with the Villa Sarchi having a more syrupy mouthfeel and the Caturra with more effervescence. Both coffees were roasted to a light Full City level to highlight the wonderful balance between chocolate and fruit both of these lots posess. Final thermoprobe temperature of 428 degrees, 15 minute...

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

Thanks to those who participated in this little contest.  I guess the rest of you just drink whatever we send and hope that it is good!  Well, I personally loved the Sulawesi, my wife and I both were waking up to it every morning for a week solid and never tired of it.  I am so impressed with the washed coffees we get from Sulawesi, they strike the perfect balance of sweetness and spice.

Shopping Cart is Up.

Well, the only reason we would say so is that we had an issue for about an hour today, and it is resolved. "The cart threw a PHP error" as Josh would say, but it didn't affect anything except the damn thing wouldn't load the pages, just a white screen. In the course of this, I have learned that Cache is just pronounced "Cash" and not "Cash-Ay", or so insists techie Josh, who also says "wizzywig" and "prosumer" in regular speech. Who am I to argue, being so Web 1.0 and all. -Tom

New arrivals- Colombia Tolima Merediano Microlot,Tanzania Nyatimbo PB,Sumatra Onan Ganjang Cultivar,Ethiopia FTO Shoye Sidamo WP Decaf,Espresso Workshop #11 Tono Alto

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ColombiaTolimaMeredianoMicrolot2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/TanzaniaNyamtimboPeaberry2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/SumatraOnanGanjangCultivar2008.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/EthiopiaFTOShoyeSidamoWPDecaf2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/blend_espresso_workshop.jpg It's a new coffee day! We've added a new workshop blend and some interesting arrivals. Read on... First is small but special preparation, the Colombia Tolima Merediano Microlot with strawberry, nectarine, and bittersweet tastes. We are limiting sales as we have a limited supply of this great prep. Next is the spicy Tanzania Nyatimbo Peaberry with a broad mouthfeel, spiced notes, and dark berry in the finish. Most of our Indonesian fans will know and remember Sumatra Onan Ganjang Cultivar, another big bodied, low acidity winner with butterscotch and chocolate in the profile. It's another unique addition to our Indonesian section. We've also added a great coffee that we sent to be decaffeinated... The Ethiopia FTO Shoye Sidamo WP Decaf which hasn't lost it's buttery body or milk chocolate taste in its new decaf form. Last, but not least, is a new workshop edition the Espresso Workshop #11 Tono Alto with floral tones, caramel, and even...