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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    An inside look at Fair Trade and Organic Certifications

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  11. Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

    Not Another Fruit Cake! (and what to do about holiday blending?)

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  12. Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    Sumatran Coffee: Grading and Appearance

    The appearance of green coffee from Indonesia can be jarring, especially if you’re used to washed beans from Africa or Central America. Why, many ask, does a Grade 1 Sumatra lack uniformity of color and/or bean size?

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  1. Day after Day Job, Part 4

    Day after Day Job, Part 4

    Part four of our series about homeroasters starting their own roasting businesses.

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  2. Day after Day Job, Part 3

    Day after Day Job, Part 3

    Part three of our series about homeroasters starting their own roasting businesses.

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  3. Day after Day Job Part 2

    Day after Day Job Part 2

    Part 2: Go For The Green Coffee is wonderfully appealing for a number of reasons; that is, there is no one thing that makes a coffee great.

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  4. Machine-Washing, Espresso-Shooting

    Machine-Washing, Espresso-Shooting

    “Machine-washed” is a confusing term if you ask me, commonly used to describe one of the more dominant processing techniques in Costa Rica.

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  5. Let's Take a Break and Have Some Coffee 

    Let's Take a Break and Have Some Coffee 

    Taking a look at our offer lists the last few days, I realize that a huge part of our job is keeping coffees separate.

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  6. Three Roasts Three Brews - El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra 

    Three Roasts Three Brews - El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra 

    El Salvador Matalapa Tablon Cidra deserves some sharper focus, as we like to return to coffees in our current inventory and flesh them out in greater detail.

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  7. Two Roasts Three Brews - Java Sunda Gunung Patuha 

    Two Roasts Three Brews - Java Sunda Gunung Patuha 

    In QC-ing a few of the Shrub coffees this week, this Java stood out as cupping especially fresh and sweet.

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  8. Artisanal, Hand-Wrapped Pallets

    Artisanal, Hand-Wrapped Pallets

    Part of daily life here at Coffee Shrub home base is preparing freight shipments for orders that are 400 lb or more.

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  9. A Short List, but More to Come! 

    A Short List, but More to Come! 

    You might be looking at our offering list right now thinking, “where is all the coffee?”

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  10. Trystero Coffee in the LA Times 

    Trystero Coffee in the LA Times 

    We’re always happy to see our Coffee Shrub customers get propers for all the work they put into roasting .

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  11. Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    Costa Rica Coffee Competition

    No, we're not having a competition for Costa Rican coffee. But for both private and cooperative mills in many of Costa Rica's growing regions, the competition for ripe cherry has become quite intense insuring an uptick in coffee prices, despite the ever-dipping NY Commodities Exchange.

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  12. Shrub Holiday Hours Review

    Shrub Holiday Hours Review

    Hey everybody, just wanted to review for you our Holiday Schedule

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  13. Talking About Roasting: Robbie Dietrich

    Talking About Roasting: Robbie Dietrich

    Hearing Robbie's answers to my questions about roasting, I found his focus on roaster cleaning and maintenance to be particularly important as well as his approach to manually profiling.

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  14. Cupvemberfest 2014 - Blend Intentions

    Cupvemberfest 2014 - Blend Intentions

    A warehouse full of Bay Area (and beyond) coffee roasters shared an open discussion about blending on November 14th here in Oakland.

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  15. Guatemalas in November

    Guatemalas in November

    This is the time of year where it starts to get a little tougher to find a really stellar offering from Central America.

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  16. Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Carlos Aguayo

    Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Carlos Aguayo

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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  17. Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Hunt Slade

    Rhyme or Reason: Why You Roast - Hunt Slade

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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  18. Quality Control: Sample Roasting

    Quality Control: Sample Roasting

    We do our best to explain how sample roasting is unique, and its function as a tool for measuring quality.

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  19. Side by Side 

    Side by Side 

    Danny recently roasted a washed and a dry processed coffee from the same washing station in Ethiopia and wrote a a post for the Sweet Maria's blog.

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  20. Rhyme or Reason

    Rhyme or Reason

    I've been talking with some roasters, both home enthusiasts and professionals about why they do it.

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