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New arrivals- El Salvador CoE La Montañita Pacamara, Peru Organic Cusco Canelon -Tomas Ovalle, Brazil Moreninha Formosa "Raisin" Coffee

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ElSalvadorLaMontanitaPacamara2008.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/PeruCuscoCanelonTomasOvalle2010.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/BrazilMoreninhaFormosaRaisinCoffee2009.jpg We're adding the first three arrivals for '10 today. First off is El Salvador Cup of Excellence La Montañita Pacamara with hints of cinnamon stick, sweet rhubarb and caramel. Second up is the Peru Organic Cusco Canelon -Tomas Ovalle, a balanced full-bodied cup with nut tastes and milk chocolate. Last up is a favorite we've had before, the non-traditional Brazil Moreninha Formosa "Raisin" Coffee. The special drying process here leads to chocolate tastes, a thick body, and a very atypical Brazil profile. As always, click on in and check out the full reviews!

Sorting Coffee in Yirga Cheffe, & other Ethiopia short videos

I uploaded many short videos from my December Ethiopia excursion to youtube recently. Rather than put them together as a longer piece, it seemed nice to leave them as simple, short clips. This is at Michile Union Mill (a Union is a cooperative) and the women are sorting the parchment coffee before it is hulled and the green bean extracted. Here's our general youtube link. And here is a link to the complete Ethiopia photo travelog. -Tom

All shades of red, yellow and green. Shanta Golba Union, Ethiopia

A pretty picture, but horrible selection of coffee cherry. I saw a lot of this in my recent trip to southern Ethiopia. I have a selection of pictures on flickr, and the whole photo set to the SM site -Tom

New arrivals- Kenya Kiambu Nyaga PB, Sumatra FTO Aceh Arinagata, Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza, Papua New Guinea Kimel PB

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/KenyaKiambuNyagaPeaberry2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/SumatraFTOAcehArinagata2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/RwandaGkongoroNyarusiza2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/PapuaNewGuineaKimelPeaberryDec2009.jpg Four new coffees to end 2009 ! Up first is the Kenya Kiambu Nyaga Peaberry with ripe fruit tastes and a citric accent. Kirinyaga fans should take note. Next up is a new arrival of Sumatra FTO Aceh Arinagata, a favorite in past months for those who like a slightly cleaner Sumatra prep. Look for spice tastes and a marked low acidity. We're also adding Rwanda Gkongoro Nyarusiza, a well-balanced cup with fruit tones and a tea-like aftertaste. Lastly, we finally have the long-awaited Papua New Guinea Kimel Peaberry in stock. This is a bright Indonesian cup; clean, and well-rounded. Look for apple cider and floral tastes. It's the best PNG we've seen in over a year! Check out the detailed cupping reviews for all of these coffees!

Roast Coffee Pairing #26: African Coffee for the Holidays

With this pairing we are matching up the Ethiopia Moplaco with one of our special Kenya lots, the Tambaya. The Ethiopia Moplaco is a remarkable aromatic coffee with complex estery high notes. The cup has a soft, full mouthfeel, and ample sweetness. It's a surprisingly silky body for a Yirga Cheffe, which can sometimes be a little thin. Apricot and peach notes emerge, sweet stone fruits, along with the honey and floral notes found in the aromatics. The Kenya Tambaya is outstandingly bright, yet balanced. There are pink grapefruit citrus notes, jasmine tea floral flavors, and a light brown sugar sweetness. As it cools, toasted almond essence comes out, peach and apricot stone fruits, Earl Grey tea in the finish. While it has a bracing finish, it is milder overall in acidity than some of our other lots, and complex in it's estery floral and fruit characteristics as well. Roasted to City+:  Final temperature of 422 degrees, and roast times around 15 minutes.