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Roast Coffee Pairing #30: Staff Favorites

Sorry, I'm so late posting this blog entry, I forgot about it and then went on vacation for a week but, I'm back with two posts today!

We selected two of our favorite coffees for this week’s roast coffee pairing: Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita Peaberry and Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza. Actually, the Blue Batak would qualify as a customer favorite as well, and I must say I agree! This lot has a wonderful light body (for a Sumatra coffee) along with that traditional spicy, slightly foresty, profile prevelant among most Indonesian coffees. Roasted to the light side of Full City to highlight the honey-like sweetness. Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza is another favorite around these parts, I personally like the balance and restrained acidity in this cup. It is a perfect counterpoint to other over-the-top East African coffees, very graceful and mellow with just the right hint of floral sweetness and orange zest. Roasted to Full City as well. Both of these were roasted for 15 minutes, to a final temperature of around 430 degrees. Hope you enjoy these two as much as we do!

Macro Mayhem - Looking at Home Roasted Coffee (Video)

Yet another macro image look, this time at roasted coffee, talking about good roasts and bad... The samples are from the Home-Barista.com home roast competition.

A wet walk to Finca La Maravilla, Hueuetenango, Guate.

It's a crude and jerky hand-held video of my visit to Finca La Maravilla last week. Nothing fancy, but gives a good feel for the place... a really great farm-Tom

Green Coffee School (2 videos)

These are my first attempt to do this- use my nice still camera and macro lens to look closely at various green coffees and talk about what I am seeing. Boring imagery to many except the fanatics out there. I think things get more interesting in Part 2. Watch them on youtube in HD for the best imagery. -Tom

What a really good cup of Guatemala coffee looks like.


Painting on wall at Bella Carmona, just outside Antigua Guatemala.