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New arrivals- El Salvador CoE Villa Espana Bourbon,Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita PB,Peru FTO Norte WP Decaf,Mexico Org Santa Cruz WP Decaf

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Roast Coffee Pairing #25: 4th Generation Centrals

In this pairing we are using coffees from two farms that have been around a long long time, a Peaberry lot from the Matalapa Estate in El Salvador, and a Bourbon lot from the Puerta Verde estate, Antigua, Guatemala. I am not sure if the fact that the farms have been around so long contributes to their "classic cup" profile or not, but that is the case with both of these coffees. Both are truly classic Central American coffees. With the Matalapa Peaberry lot, the cup is vividly bright, with bracing orange acidity, laced with slight floral bits. As it cools there is bright and dynamic lemon with a cinnamon note. The Puerte Verde Bourbon is a classic Bourbon cup, dense mouthfeel, restrained flavors, classic brightness and balance. Both coffees were roasted to City+ with final thermoprobe temperature of 422 degrees and roast times of 15 minutes.

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