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New arrivals - Hawaii Kona XF Greenwell Farms & Ethiopia FTO Oromia Yirga Cheffe

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/HawaiiKonaXFGreenwellFarms2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/EthiopiaFTOYirgaCheffeOromia2009.jpg Happy Thanksgiving! - We are listing two new coffees: Hawaii Kona XF Greenwell Farms, an early Kona offering just in time for the holidays that has oreo cookie, clove, and cinnamon tastes. Can take a dark roast well. Limit to 2lbs on this small lot. Also up is the return of Ethiopia FTO Oromia Yirga Cheffe, spicy and sweet with a trace of clove and allspice. To fully appreciate, keep it at a light roast!

Photos for farmers.

Fwd: Photos for farmers., originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

One thing I am trying to do now is to print, frame and send photos I take on trips back to the farmers. On my trip to Kenya and Ethiopia I will bringing quite a lot of framed pictures along from previous trips so I can show and share the images , and gift them so thy can have something nice for the wall or mantle. It also makes me feel a little better about the thousands I have spent on photo equipment!!! Tom

Panama Garrido Gesha and the Return of Sumatra Takengon Classic

Another big day! ...We are offering two Geshas together as the Panama Garrido Gesha Collection: 1/2lb Panama Garrido Gesha Traditional Wet-Process and 1/2lb Panama Garrido Gesha Pulp Natural Process ... look for effervescent jasmine in the Wet Process and a fuller body with stone fruit in the Pulp Natural. Check out Tom's full write-up on this very limited offering. We are also happy to re-stock our Mandheling standard Sumatra Takengon Classic, as most of you know is a heavy-bodied chocolate and spiced cup, good for darker roasting too. Maria

New arrivals - El Salvador Peaberry "Aida's Grand Reserve", Costa Rica Peaberry-Petite Bean Experiment, Panama Guyami Indian Robusta Rustico

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ElSalvadorPeaberryAidasGrandReserve2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/CostaRicaPeaberryPetiteBeanExperiment2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/PanamaGuyamiIndianRobustaRustico2008.jpg It's a big day! We are listing El Salvador Peaberry "Aida's Grand Reserve" (1lb limit)! Please click through to Tom's full review. Some of you remember this from previous harvest,... juicy mouthfeel with semi-sweet chocolate and Monukka raisin in the cup, this time ranking at a 93 overall score! ! Next is another special preparation coffee, Costa Rica Peaberry-Petite Bean Experiment (2lb limit), with a shifting flavor profile from cherry and plum to brown sugar and syrup. Again, don't miss the full reviews for details. Last up is a great espresso blend component, the return of Panama Guyami Indian Robusta Rustico with baker's chocolate in the cup. Also great in a French Press !

Roast Coffee Pairing #24: Body Body Body

In this pairing we are placing two coffees with very different types of body side by side: Sulawesi Tana Toraja Ke’pe and India Organic Jasmine Yellikudige. Both were roasted to Full City with final thermoprobe temperatures between 434-436 and roast times of 15 minutes. Sulawesi Ke’pe has rustic sweetness with an oily body, well balanced for an Indonesian coffee: both intense and clean. India Yellikudige is savory with a more rounded mouthfeel and smoother body due to the wet processing used for this lot. Brewing method plays a big part in developing body in the cup, and a French press brew of any coffee will likely have more body than a drip brew. When we tasted these two side by side brewed in the Technivorm the India jumped out as having more body than the Sulawesi. This is interesting since normally wet-hulled coffees like Ke’pe have more body than fully washed lots like Yellikudige, not so in this case.