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Five New Offerings From Colombia, Java and Rwanda

Oct. 2, 2015

  • Colombia Anzá de Antioquia - Guintar - Fresh fruit flavors: mango, passionfruit, wine grapes, ripe fig. Bold, moderate citric-like acidity, and brisk tea notes.
  • Colombia Timaná España y Figueroa - Grape, apple, panela and honey. Florals, spice accents emerge and the sweetness hangs on. Good for espresso.
  • Java Sunda - Guning Pairigi - Sorghum, molasses, roasted almond and sweet tarragon. Clarity, cleanliness, flavors like apple and cinnamon make this unique. Good for espresso.
  • Rwanda Karenge Coffee Villages - Sweet and bright, refined clean finish. Dark honey, dried fruits, and array of baking spices. Bittersweet cocoa in darker roasts. Great for espresso.
  • Rwanda Rulindo - Tumba Station - Candy sweet, pineapple, mango, grape, orange, cherry jolly rancher! A long, sweet finish, mix of spices and freesia-like floral note. A beautiful cup.


Also, check out our Sample Sets - bundles of coffee from your favorite origins.


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Professional Coffee Community Member Struck by Car

On the morning of Saturday, September 26th Adam Koehler, green coffee buyer for Sightglass and a beloved member of the coffee community, was hit by a drunk driver while bicycling home in Oakland, CA. He was taken to the ER with major head trauma and is still in intensive care for his brain injuries. The prognosis is unclear at this point but we're all hopeful for a fast recovery. Some good friends have started a GoFundMe page to help Adam's family to cover some of the expenses related to his recovery. Please keep Adam in your thoughts and take the time to donate to his fund.


Fresh Roasted Coffee

Oct. 1, 2015

We roasted these delicious coffees on Tuesday, bagged them up in 1lb valve bags and now they are ready to ship. Order some while you can. We roast a limited quantity every 2 weeks and once we are out, we are out of stock until our next roast date.


Roast Date - 9/29/2015

Tanzania Mara Tarime - is from Tarime in the Mara district of Tanzania with flavors notes of berries, chocolate, spice, and muscavado sugar. Roasted to a City+ roast level.

Nicaragua Dipilto Finca La Laguna - from the Dipilto region of Nicaragua with flavor notes of roasted nut, cinnamon, stone fruit flavors, low malic acidity, and heavy cocoa in the finish. Roasted to City+.

Single Origin Espresso - Burundi Kayanza Mpemba - roasted for single origin espresso and has flavor notes of spiced apple cider, candied citrus peel, black tea with lemon, and dark chocolate.  Roasted to Full City

Liquid Amber Blend - is ideal for milk drinks and it's intense bittersweetness cuts through steamed milk. Rustic sweetness, spice, savory notes, long aftertaste. Monsooned coffee and a small percentage of Robusta add crema and body. Roasted to Full City.

Three New Coffees

Sept. 25, 2015


India Tree-Dried -Mallali Estate Amrita

This coffee has a fruited sweetness with an earthy undertone. There's a grain-sweetness flavor that comes through in the cup, toasted barley and even a bit of honey-wheat bread. This cup cools well, with fruit flavors you might expect from naturally-processed coffees: strawberry, wine grapes, and hibiscus tea, offset earth-toned and grain-like sweetness. Definitely one of the more complex Indian coffees we tasted.


Sumatra Organic Buah-Buahan

This coffee is really sweet, with burned caramel to cane sugar and a lychee jelly-like smell. The cup has a layers of fruit - aspects of both fresh and dried - and earth tones you might expect from Mandheling coffee. City+ roasts are sweet and bodied, and with pulpy fruit juice flavors, caramel and butterscotch and spiced cider. Darker roasts show elements of red fruit punch, tropical characteristics flourishing, along with a woodsy attribute. The finish carries bittersweet cocoa and earth tones long into the aftertaste. This will make an interesting, rustic-tinged single-origin espresso.


Nicaragua Ocotal -Java Cultivar

A nice sweet cup, with slightly rustic cane sugar appeal and refined fruit flavors. We even noticed notes of Fruit Loops cereal. The cooling coffee shows black, English Breakfast and Darjeeling tea flavors and plain old Lipton with lemon. Subtle flavors of golden raisin, black currant, and a lemon-lime 'tang' show too, along with a unique jasmine hint. Acidity is also tea-like, mild and tannic, but a bit mouth-cleansing, an aspect that holds on well into the aftertaste.

A Whole Bunch of New Kenyan Coffees

Sept. 18, 2015

Kenya Nyeri Gatomboya AA shows an array of citrus and dark fruit flavors - pomello, Naval orange, kumquat, plum and blackberry. Acidity is high, a 'grabby' citrus juice with pulp cuts through across the roast spectrum. Great Kenya espresso.

Kenya Nyeri Thageini AA is loaded with fresh fruit notes, a remarkable depth of flavors - ripe plum, citrus, cherry, and pineapple. Acidity is brilliant and citrus-like. Expect flavors of chocolate and hazelnut uncommon to the region.
Kenya Nyeri Ichuga AB shows a nice range of fresh citrus to dried fruit flavors. Orange/tangerine, dried blackberry and strawberry, and tart mango. Sweet/tart notes add a puckering mouthfeel. Moderate acidity and dark, deep sweetness make this a great dual-use Kenya.  Great Kenya espresso.