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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. 2020 Rwanda Kageyo: Fresh Coffee and a Fresh Infrastructure Project

    2020 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. Our Sourcing in Honduras

    Our Sourcing in Honduras

    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. A Look at  Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    A Look at Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    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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How can I be Down?

How can I be Down?

(06/26/10)
Would you like to step into tomorrow with some spanking new shrub offerings? Here is the get up on the get down.

Colombia Tolima Florestales, Maximino Gutierrez

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/colombia-tolima-florestales-maximino-gutierrez

The cup has tons of sweet berry (City roast level), strawberry jam initially, with a more blended berry as the cup cools (raspberry-strawberry mixed). The apple pie/apple pastry taste emerges as well, with a detectable cinnamon accent. It's a very refined cup, and I would say the brightness, the acidity is especially graceful and succinct. It also has the cumulative effect of being remarkably juicy, no doubt an effect of the berry notes and the sweetness.

Guatemala Acatenango Finca La Soledad

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/guatemala-acatenango-finca-la-soledad

The aromatics are classic, clean, balanced Central America all the way, and the cup flavor follow suit. There is a grain-like sweetness in the lighter roasts, almond and apricot high notes; a pleasant cup with sweetened hot cereal character. At City+ roast a more rounded flavor profile emerges, with a dense mouthfeel, a more developed sweetness, but still apricot-nut flavors at the foreground. Now something else quite exciting about this Finca La Soldedad lot, the single origin espresso is fantastic! Roasted just to the verge of 2nd crack, perhaps a few snaps into it, the espresso is bright, creamy, dense, sweet, chocolaty, silky.

super raps,

super rappin'.