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    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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    Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Some very informative audio from last month's discussion

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    The Flores Factor

    Crowd pleasing coffee from a promising origin.

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  4. Six under Six - July 2019

    Six under Six - July 2019

    Six delicious coffees for under six dollars.

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  5. 20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    Take advantage of this great discount on these crowd-pleasing coffees.

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  6. A Second Look at 4 Ethiopian Coffees

    A Second Look at 4 Ethiopian Coffees

    We took a second look (and taste!) at 4 Ethiopian coffees from our 20% off sale.

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    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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    Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    A few fairly low tech clips and some thoughts on coffee processing and coffee buying in Guatemala.

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  9. Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    Video: Dry Process Coffee & Quakers

    How we grade for the quality of our dry process coffees

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  10. Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Coffee Tasting At Sweet Maria's - Feb. 28th

    Sign up and taste the difference between coffees roasted in different machines

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    New Postcards. Quakers: Resistant to Roast

    Our new postcards. Look for one in your next order.

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    Rwanda + Burundi Fundamentals

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Los resultados ... Best of Panama 2009

Los resultados ... Best of Panama 2009

So we finished the Best of Panama competition this afternoon with an unusual twist: re-roasting and re-cupping the top 8 coffees. There was enough concern on the jury about variations in the roast levels that some felt they could not judge the coffee fairly. One was quite light, several a bit dark. But the fact is, these were a very difficult set of samples to roast. A pacamara, 2-3 geisha, some miel coffees, and one really weird low grown lot. Nobody is quite sure how that slipped in...
Anyway, Maria noted the results at the award ceremony as best she could while I chased around after Ben:
10. Callejon Estate -Alvado
9. Cafe valentine
8. Lerida Estate -Collins
7. Kotawa -Koyner
6. Cafe Ole -Monchi
5. Elida Estate -Lamastus
4. Carmen Estate Paso Ancho -Carlos
3. Don Gulliano - Gonzalo Rojas (Pmara)
2. Gesha Carleda
1. Esmeralda Especial Gesha

So it's not a huge surprise, Esmeralda entered again after a hiatus and won. Their Gesha lot was truly spectacular next to the other 2 in the top 10 coffees. This is a rough list with a few misspellings for sure - So after a couple weeks on the road it's back to California tomorrow and back SM on Monday! -Tom