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Roast Coffee Pairing #19: Confluence of the Preferred

Here we want to offer two of our favorite coffees of the moment. Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca La Maravilla was roasted to City+, final thermoprobe temperature of 424 degrees, 15 minute roast time. The cup is a nice combination of chocolate and fruit with a light body. Ethiopia Wet-Process Bonko was roasted to City level, thermoprobe temperuatre of 418 degrees, 14:30 roast time. There is definitely a soaring lemon cookie brightness to this light bodied cup. These two coffees are quite different but are a great representation of the things we prize in an outstanding lot of coffee: sweetness and intense flavors. Both of these are so intense in fact that tasting them side by side is quite challenging the one almost overpowering the other. By the way, both of these coffees are good candidates for roasting to Full City and using as SO espresso!

New arrivals- Ethiopia Moplaco YirgaCheffe and Honduras Organic Ocotopeque WP Decaf

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/EthiopiaMoplacoYirgaCheffe2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/HondurasFTOOcotopequeWPDecaf2009.jpg We're adding two coffees to close out August: Ethiopia Moplaco Yirga Cheffe, a sweet wet process peachy Yirg with silky mouthfeel, and Honduras FTO Ocotopeque WP Decaf, a caramel sweet organic decaf yet mild and crisp in the cup. As always click-through to the full review for farm notes, cupping notes, and roast suggestions.

New arrivals - Kenya AA Nyeri Ndaro-ini & Mexico FTO Santa Cruz WP Decaf

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/KenyaAAANyeriNdaroini2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/MexicoFTOSantaCruzWPDecaf2009.jpg Today we are adding a new Kenya from the Gikanga Farmers Coop and a new Chiapas Decaf. Check out the full reviews but here are some notes.... Kenya AA Nyeri Ndaro-ini has berry and vanilla in the flavor profile; also, try it as single-origin espresso! We have a nice Organic Fair Trade Decaf we're adding: Mexico Santa Cruz WP Decaf, a medium cup with mild nut, apple, and brown sugar finish.

History of Coffee Chart

History of Coffee Chart, originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

I had to seam this image together, so I am not sure how legible it
is. David Roche had it at the Roaster's Guild Retreat, and it's from
a book but I am not sure which. Ukers? Interesting history of how
coffee was disseminated through the world.

New arrivals - Mexico Org Nayarit DP, Honduras FTO Lempira Cosagual Coop, Salvador Siberia Estate Pacamara

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/MexicoOrganicNayaritDry-Process2008.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/ElSalvadorSiberiaEstatePacamara2009.jpghttp://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.analysis.images/HondurasFTOLempira2009.jpg Three Central American additions today! ... We have the return of Mexico Organic Nayarit Dry-Process, an unusual offering we've enjoyed before with intense chocolate and dense body. Next up is a new cultivar from one of our fave auction-winning farms: El Salvador Siberia Estate Pacamara, with excellent raw sugar and hibiscus tones. Lastly it's Honduras Fair Trade Organic Lempira -Cosagual Coop from a new farm/location. It's a crisp wet-process from a new farm with allspice, almond, and apricot hints.