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  1. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    An inside look at Fair Trade and Organic Certifications

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. The Return of Ethiopiques

    The Return of Ethiopiques

    Along with the slew of incoming fresh Ethiopian coffee comes the return of our always popular Ethiopiques blend.

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  9. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Gahahe

    Taking the "light and bright" approach to roasting Burundi Gahahe on the Behmor 1600+

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  10. Quick Guide to our Rwanda and Burundi Coffee Sale!

    Quick Guide to our Rwanda and Burundi Coffee Sale!

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  11. Roasting Different Batch Sizes of Burundi on the Behmor 1600+

    Roasting Different Batch Sizes of Burundi on the Behmor 1600+

    What happens when you roast a coffee to the same roast level but at different rates of development?

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  12. Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

    Behmor Roast Profile: Burundi Kayanza Dusangirijambo Coop

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Cupping across Colorado and new Guatemalas 

Cupping across Colorado and new Guatemalas 
(07/12/13)

It's been a pretty fun and sociable couple of weeks here in Colorado with lots of visitors coming up through Shrub Mountain for roasting and cupping, as well as some visits of my own to stop in and see some folks. There are some really great new roasters coming up as well as some exciting expansion for folks all up and down the front range. There will be a free event hosted by Allegro Coffee Company and the Rocky Mountain Craft Coffee Alliance on July 20th, a series of talks about different facets of the specialty/craft coffee industry loaded with great speakers, and also me. Would be so great to see you if you can make it:

You'll see that we currently have 4 distinct Guatemala offerings up right now. I've been cupping and roasting through these and really enjoy the character of each coffee, some of them being more exotically expressive while others have a classic profile that's sweet and approachable and just clean wonderful coffee. Finca Retana and Inteligente have been shrub favorites before, but definitely check out the offering from the Guacetepeque Small Holders as well as the gesha coffee from Acatenango.

Whenever we have multiple offerings from the same origin I like to encourage roasters to try to pick up a few instead of just one. It's a golden opportunity to show your customers how much variety there is in any given origin, which opens up your ability to bring in coffees not just based on their origin but based on their unique qualities. Let us know what you think of these coffees by sharing your comments!

xoxox, the shrubs