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Four New Coffees

April 10, 2015

El Salvador Finca Matalapa Mirador - has great body and complex chocolate flavors with moderate acidity. An exceptional espresso option

El Salvador Matalapa Puerta Zapa - with unrefined sugar and roasted nut, and a cocoa bittersweetness as it finishes. A prime espresso candidate too.

Tanzania Mbozi - Kanji Lalji Farm - has a mixture of honeydew melon, burned sugar, fresh papaya, marachino cherry, and a citrus bite.  Sweetness and body, and contemplative top notes add a touch of complexity.

Tanzania Pulp Natural Igamba Mpitu PB - hefty sweetness and body, pulp natural process bolstering the latter of the two. Grain, barley bread, brown beer, and even hops - a unique Tanzania profile. The finish is chocolatey with fruit/pectin sugar flavors.

Our Technivorm Lid - The Dirty Truth

May 19, 2015

We always obsess about keeping coffee gear clean but the reality is that the Technivorm brewer in our office kitchen/break room gets neglected longer than it should between cleanings. We brew at least 6 batches a day and are always impressed with it's durability...so there's a little guilt associated with not cleaning it as often as we should. We should be using a descaler like Dezcal to clean out the water lines and Cleancaf to wash out the brew basket and carafes every week or so. If you own a newer model Technivorm, you probably don't have to worry as much since your lid is built with a tighter connection between the two pieces (we honestly haven't had the chance or a reason to open up a new model lid yet).


The Amazing Spider Graphs

April 7, 2015

As new coffees roll in, we have been scoring them with our new spider graphs. We hope they are (and have been) a great tool to help you decide what coffees to buy from our site. We suggest that you also pay attention to the written comments as well since numbers aren't always the best way to judge a coffee's taste. If you are really into the dark chocolate notes and heavy body of coffees from Nicaragua and Sumatra, you will probably be disappointed with even the highest scoring Gesha coffees that have a very light body and floral notes.


We just added five new coffees.

April 3, 2015
Brazil Pulp Natural Irmao Pereira - has a buttery caramel/sugar flavor and is a good example of how clean a well-processed, pulp natural Brazil can taste
Colombia Familia Gutierrez Gesha - has a weighty mouthfeel, like apple juice, and refreshing acidity that adds to the tactile impression. It's truly a refreshing cup.
Colombia Aguas Claras -Honey and graham flavors are matched by crisp, malic acidity, and black tea notes come out in the finish.


Mexico FTO Chiapas Jaltenango - has a dried fig note, along with simple chocolate flavor. This is one of the best Mexico coffees we've tasted in a while.

Ethiopia Aricha-Kocha SWP Decaf - has a multitude of fruit notes - raspberry, apricot, tangerine - a nice mix, like cooked, or canned fruit sweetness.

We're excited about the five new arrivals that made it on our list today

March 27, 2015

Colombia Inza - Finca Villa Rica - densely sweet, apple, pineapple, a complete coffee

Hawaii Kona Kowali Farm Typica - white grape, cane sugar, a clean cup

Sulawesi Dante Borong - earthy sweetness, plum, and papaya

Brazil Carmo de Minas SWP Decaf - developed sweetness, roasted nut, mild fruits

Rwanda Karenge-Rulindo SWP Decaf - bourbon sweetness, baking spices, weighty profile