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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. This is a deep, brooding, pungent, bass note coffee, with an undertone of mildly earthy dark chocolate.  Onan Ganjang is a local cultivar from the Lintong area with the thick, creamy mouthfeel and low acidity you might expect in Sumatran coffee, but more rustic sweetness,  malty caramel, butterscotch, chocolate, and slightly herbal flavors.   Look for the taste differences between these two coffees at a similar roast level and it should be apparent how different Indonesian coffees, in this case two Sumatrans, can be.  Each batch was roasted to Full City, 15 minutes, 435 degrees.

New arrivals: Yemen Mokha Sharasi, Brazil Daterra Farms Yellow Bourbon, Kenya Kirinyaga Peaberry Gakuyu-ini

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/YemenMokhaSharasi2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/KenyaKirinyagaPeaberryGakuyuini2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/BrazilDaterraFarmsYellowBourbon2010.jpg As promised earlier in the week we are adding three new coffees today, including a new Yemeni coffee, which has been much anticipated. The shipment finally came through and the first Yemen we can offer is the Yemen Mokha Sharasi, a coffee with intensely sweet aromas, and sweet fruit, spice and sandalwood accents, characteristically rustic. Interesting as a SO espresso with enough rest. The Brazil Daterra Farms - Yellow Bourbon is back, with a strong almond fragrance, and rustic sweetness. City+ roasts are good for a bright cup, and darker roasts for a compelling SO espresso. Finally, the first of our new shipment of Kenyan coffees, the ever-popular Kenya Kirinyaga Peaberry Gakuyu-ini, with high-tones citrus, Meyer lemon, layers of fruit, raisin and plum. A real fruit-bomb Kenya!


Big changes at the Sweet Maria's warehouse! Well, not changes that customers will be able to see, but a huge change for us. We are installing a mezzanine in the warehouse this week to give us more storage.  Seems crazy that in five years we have filled up this warehouse - but it it true.  This is a hugely disruptive project, but we will be shipping orders as usual. The shipping and packing robots are going to be so happy! (Just kidding, we don't employ robots, but real, honest-to-goodness humans!) We are though  holding off on adding new coffees.  Look for Yemeni, Brazilian and Kenyan coffee to be added later this week - likely by Friday June 4th , once we have a sense how the mezzanine is coming together.  Hang on!  new coffees are on the way.

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. And then we have the Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza - a cleaner and balanced cup.  We will go a hair darker on the Rwanda than the review mentions - just to push the point.  You could even blend the two for a sort of Moka Java.  Each batch was roasted for 15 minutes to a final temperature of 435 degrees.

New arrivals- Sweet Maria's Puro Scuro Blend, Honduras Organic Marcala -Cocosam Coop,Costa Rica Lourdes de Naranjo -Finca Genesis

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/blend_puroscuro.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/HondurasOrganicMarcalaCocosamCoop2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/CostaRicaLourdesdeNaranjoFincaGenesis2010.jpg Three new coffees to end the week and the return of some old favorites… So, guess what we're drinking today… Moka Java! More specifically, our Sweet Maria's Puro Scuro Blend. Finally we have the components again for this big-bodied drip or espresso blend. Look for dark caramel-molasses and spicy tones. Next we are adding another favorite from a co-op we have liked over the years… Honduras Organic Marcala -Cocosam Coop. It's a buttery and malted milk flavor profile with tamarind fruit in the profile as well. And lastly it's another popular coffee making a return: Costa Rica Lourdes de Naranjo -Finca Genesis. This is a bright and sweet cup with a syrupy body and rounded mouthfeel. Look for dried fruit, raisin and honey-lemonade in the profile.