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  1. Moka Java: Re-Constructing the World's Oldest Blend

    Moka Java: Re-Constructing the World's Oldest Blend

    The long, storied past of Moka Java blend and how to blend it yourself.

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  2. Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    An amazing dry process Ethiopia now available as both regular and decaf.

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  3. Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

    Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

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  4. Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Rwanda Mutovu Video Tour: Incremental Improvements, a Competition-Level Cup

    Small improvements at Rwanda Mutovu washing station has led to a consistent, competition-level coffee.

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  5. Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    New crop Burundi is hitting the list. We wanted to highlight the country and why we love this coffee so much!

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  6. Rwanda Kageyo : Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    Rwanda Kageyo : Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    We're helping fund a buildout at the Kageyo station and you can help too!

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  7. Honduras: Coffee Sourcing Challenges

    Honduras: Coffee Sourcing Challenges

    While we may have struggled to find a consistent source in Honduras, we continue to come up with good coffee. Find out how.

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  8. Flores as Espresso:  Manu Lalu Coop Lot

    Flores as Espresso: Manu Lalu Coop Lot

    Wet process Flores makes fantastic single origin espresso. Have a look at our cupping notes.

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  9. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  10. Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    This is a list of coffee varieties / cultivars found in Aceh and more broadly in Sumatra, Indonesia

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  11. Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    A Sumatra travelogue in photographs, focused on Aceh area around Lake Tawar and Takengon town

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  12. Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Thoughts on Acehnese coffee and the trading system here, written from Banda Aceh, October 2019.

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3 is the Magic Number

3 is the Magic Number

(02/09/11)
Yes it is, it's the magic number. Three new offerings on shrub today: a superb example of the floral and citrus notes found in the really fine coffees from Rwanda, a washed Ethiopia that's crazy sweet and bright and pulling some really amazing SO shots, and a coffee from Guatemala that we "cellared" if you will, and is cupping even better than when it first arrived!

Rwanda Remera Nyarusiza

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/rwanda-remera-nyarusiza

"This is a classic Rwanda cup that can take a wide range of roasts, light to dark. The dry fragrance has a balanced sweetness, brown sugar and molasses, brown bread and cinnamon, with dark spice tea aromas. Wet aromatics have rose-like floral notes, and caramelized cane sugar sweetness. This cup has lots of sweet mulling spices to it; dried orange peel, cinnamon bark, clove, and allspice."

Ethiopia Sidama Bonko

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/ethiopia-sidama-bonko

"There is that sugary, confectionary sweetness , accented with citrus and a touch of spice. The body is clear and light, which suits the high tonal range of the cup well. I recommend light roasts here to compliment the bright cup, and not to overshadow the flavors I mention with a veil of darker roast taste. But I had great FC roasts as well. The body is a little heavier at FC, and the chocolate roast taste is suave, layered, backed with dark fruit tones."

Guatemala San Juan Sacatepequez - Villa Lupe

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/guatemala-san-juan-sacatepequez-...

" My lighter roasts were the best, City to City+ roast range. At this level the cup has a very well-structured acidity, peach with mild citric hints. The roast taste is rather candy-like, and still has that clean hazelnut note. It's not a super powerful cup, but very refreshing on the palate, with an elegant and cleanly disappearing aftertaste. The body is light, with a silky feel. The refined flavors and finish suggest that this coffee is really well picked, with good cherry selection, and really well processed at the wet mill and dry mill."

Bonko!