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Roast Coffee Pairing #9: I Can Name that Coffee In One Cup!

We’re having a little bit of fun with this week’s roast pairing and you are only supposed to be reading this post if you’ve already tried both coffees.  Take a guess as to what origin you think these two coffees are from.  Both were roasted to the same level, somewhere between City+ and FC.  In coffee #1 you should notice a nice brightness in this very clean, lively cup.  There is also a lovely floral quality and great medium body out of this Wet Processed lot.  Do you know what it is?  Answer: Sulawesi AA Wet-Process Toarco.  That’s right this is a Sulawesi coffee with as much in common with a Guatemala flavor profile as other Sulawesi coffees.  Which brings us to coffee #2.  Here we have a much more robust bodied coffee with earthy qualities that should be much easier to figure out.  Can you tell where it is from?  Answer: Sulawesi Enrekang “Mt. Alla”.   We were really trying to fool you all in to thinking that the Toarco was from a different region because it is the most radically different Sulawesi we’ve ever found.  There is a striking difference between the Wet-Process that is done with the Toarco, and the Wet-Hulling that is done with the “Mt. Alla”.  The former creates a very clean, brilliant cup while the latter leads to a more brooding, rustic cup.  Hopefully you enjoy having two such different coffees from the same spot on Earth, please let us know on the RoastBlog what you think of this mystery roast idea.  It is a good way to challenge your coffee knowledge and encourages a greater understanding of how processing plays such a key role in the cup results.

cups of excellences

Take a look over to the right column of this here humble "BLOG" and you see our latest arrivals of coffee. Lo and Behold! Actual lots from the Rwanda and Bolivia Cup of Excellence competitions. As the coffee buyer and cupper here at SM, even I can't quite believe they actually arrived. Sometimes it seems that the deliveries of these lots take longer and longer and longer. When was I at the Rwanda CoE? Last August? What month is it now, April? Lordy. The good news is this: we have been vacuum packing all of our CoE lots, and they are cupping incredibly good, super clean, vividly bright. Be they tardy as all get out, vacuum packaging has been the savior of these long lost lots, and they are just as they were on the cupping table at the event. The reviews are thorough, check them out ... -Tom

Trip reports from Central America

[caption id="attachment_277" align="alignnone" width="289" caption="Volcan Baru from the Volcancito side"]Volcan Baru from the Volcancito side[/caption]Tom's trip reports from the trip he made in late March to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua are just posted. The trips were short - but action packed! Lots of good information about what we can expect in terms of coffees from the new crop in these countries. And of course, lots of fun photos.- Maria

Songs about Sweet Maria's

Songs about Sweet Maria's, originally uploaded by sweetmarias.

Derek had found sheet music for a song titled Sweet Maria, so I thought I would search the world wide web for other Sweet Maria's references. Wow. Uh, check out the pink panther there too. (?!?)

weighing in, jinotega, nicaragua

A short video clip from last Saturday.