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Ecuador, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Sumatra

We are adding 100 new coffees today! April Fools! Actually, we are only adding four but they are outstanding. First up are two new microlots from South America: Ecuador Luz Chinchay and Flora Bermeo Microlot is a combined lot from two wonderful women farmers that are participants in a new cooperative effort to bring carefully grown small farm coffees to market. This particular lot has a buttered toast roast flavor with hints of winey fruit and classic Typica cultivar characteristics. Colombia Tolima, Misael Garzon Microlot has tangy bittersweet notes perfectly balanced with fruity brightness, when we opened the vacuum packs of this coffee the sweet aroma of the green coffee bowled us over! Costa Rica Caturra "Macho Arce" is a classic Costa Rica cup with sweet citrus, maple syrup, chocolate milk and hazelnut notes. Hawaii coffee is back with Hawaii Ka'anapali DP Maui Moka 11 Screen this is a unique small-bean cultivar that is difficult but rewarding to roast, expect honey, cocoa, and oily body, Behmor users take caution: even with a small grid drum you will loose quite a few beans, so excercise caution when roasting. Finally, we are adding the ever popular Sumatra Takengon Classic a low acid, tenor-to-bass toned cup with that distinct flavor profile of dark carmelized sugar, earthy spice, and ripe fruit. As always, click through to the full reviews for more information.

New arrivals- Colombia Planades Tolima Rojas Microlot,Burundi Kayanza Bwayi,Ethiopia FTO DP Sidamo Shoye Union,Nicaragua Pacamara Mama Mina

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Roast Coffee Pairing #32: Farmgate Highlights

Here we have two coffees from Guatemala from our Farm Gate program, the Acatenango Finca La Soledad and a Bourbon San Diego Buena Vista, also from Acatenango. I have visited both of these farms in early 2010 and can attest to the care they take with the coffee. Both farms have their own mill, so they control every aspect of their coffee, from the tree to the cup, and they do a very good job. The San Diego Buena Vista is a very well rounded cup, with great body and balance. The Finca La Soledad is also another example of a great, well balanced Guatemalan coffee, this time a mix of cultivars. Both batches were roasted to 427 degrees by thermoprobe, total roast time 15 minutes. This yielded a City+ roast level which highlights the wonderful high notes of these well rounded coffees. The best of classic Guatemala flavors from two oustanding farms!

New arrivals- Costa Rica El Puente Tarrazu Caturra, Ecuador Zumba Microlot, Brazil Joao de Campos Yellow Catuai, Kenya Nyeri Gathaithi Peaberry, Ethiopia Organic Yirga Cheffe-Koke Coop

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Aeropress Coffee Brewer: Looks Awful. Works Well

A 10 minute video about using the Aeropress medical device uh, coffee brewer. It looks a bit better in HD and a larger video area on youtube. Again, a quick and boring video with no production value, but some decent information. -Tom