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Product Guide: Our Roasted Coffee Explained

December 1, 2014

As you know, we sell green, unroasted coffee, but we also roast a few dozen kilos every 2 weeks.  Since most of our focus goes towards green coffee, our roasted selection is usually pretty slim...usually two single-origin coffees and two espresso blends....

A New Guatemala

November 29, 2014

Guatemala Patzun - Finca Santa Anita Lot 2 is a less fruit-forward cup, with nice balance of caramel candy sweetness and high % cacao flavors. An ultra-clean profile, slight floral tea notes linger, and a structuring acidity ties it all together.

Roasted Coffee: Ethiopia Kaffa - Michiti Cooperative & Timor Eraulu Lauana Villages

November 26, 2014

Have you ever tried blending your two subscription roasts together to make a blend? Try blending different precentages to see how the two roasts work together. Sometimes they work well together and other times the flavor characteristics can cancel each other out. In this case, the Timor and Ethiopia coffees are worth a shot to blend. I would start with a lower percentage of Timor to Ethiopia. Maybe even a 10% Timor to 90% Ethiopia. This is an interesting experiment with creating a Mokha Java blend of your own! If you're not a Bi-Weekely Roasted Coffee Pairing subscriber, you can order these coffees below, while we have them in stock. 

Ethiopia Kaffa - Michiti Cooperative City+

There is lots of lemon in this cup. From fresh juicy lemonaide to creamy lemon curd, without being too bright. Cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla also form as a balance in this Ethiopia. The body is juicy and leaves a refreshing sensation on the palate. The finish has a toasted cocoa bittersweetness. 

Timor Eraulu Launa Villages Full City

This Timor roast has a lot of sweet chocolate while it's hot in the cup. As it cools down a bit, the ripe fruits come out alongside the chocolate. Banana, green apple, and tropical fruits. The acidity reveals how clean this coffee is. It's actually quite surprising how well the crisp acidity has held on with this coffee at a Full City roast! 

Also roasted...

Sweet Maria's Liquid Amber Espresso Blend



Preview: The 2015 Dogs of Coffee Calendar

November 24, 2014

Folks have been asking us if we plan on producing a Dogs of Coffee calendar this year. The answer is "yes" and we are very excited about it. The layout is done and we are just waiting for the printer to finish the job (their turnaround time is lightning fast but it feels like it's taking forever). If all goes well, we will have them up for sale in a few days.


Three new Guatemalas. Two new Javas. Two new Decafs.

November 21, 2014

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca Regalito is a sweet crisp cup that's clean from start to finish.

Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo Villa Sarchi features caramel apple, dark fruits, and bittersweet chocolate.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Pena Roja has a well structured body, acidity, deep fruits, and confectionary sweetness. All three Guatemala coffees are amazing as espresso too!

Java Sunda- Gunung Parigi has thick body, low acidity, and balances out nicely with molasses and a clean finish.

Java Sunda - Gunung Crugutambor expresses spice cake, black cherry, and green apple with amazing body and texture.

Ethiopia Sidama Decaf retains clear origin characteristics with sweetness, fruits, florals, and acidity.

Guatemala Huehuetenango WP Decaf displays brown sugar, dried apple, and a mild acidity level. There you have it... All seven new coffees. Have a great up coming weekend!