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Beats to the Rhyme

Beats to the Rhyme

(06/15/10)
The name of this jam is Guatemala Finca El Tambor, a brand new bag in the shrub offerings.

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/guatemala-finca-el-tambor

El Tambor means the drum, and it refers to a distinct thumping sound one might have heard years ago as an underground water source led to a waterfall that, at times, sounded like a continuous earthquake on parts of the farm. Most of the farm is old Bourbon and Caturra trees, with new plantings of Pache and San Ramon cultivars. Tom visited the farm before he started the program for the 2010 Cup of Excellence competition, and after the scores were all in at weeks end, Victor Calderon had won 7th place for El Tambor, and 11th place for the sister farm beside it, La Pila! The cup is a culmination of the various aromatic hints: Butterscotch and brown sugar sweetness with layers of tropical fruit, as well as apple and tamarind. It's a big, round cup, with prominent acidity.

With a kick, snare,
kick, snare, hi-hat.
Skilled in the trade of that old Boom-Bap.