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    New Video: Burundi. Visiting Dusangirijambo Cooperative

    Take a tour of Dusangirijambo

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  2. Guatemala: Buying Overview + Roasting Fundamentals Review

    Guatemala: Buying Overview + Roasting Fundamentals Review

    An overview of our buying in this ever important coffee origin with links to roasting fundamentals.

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  3. Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Julio

    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Julio

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  4. New Video: Air Roasts - Closeup on Roast Levels

    New Video: Air Roasts - Closeup on Roast Levels

    Lighting and other factors can help you look at air roasted coffee

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  5. Moka Java: Re-Constructing the World's Oldest Blend

    Moka Java: Re-Constructing the World's Oldest Blend

    The long, storied past of Moka Java blend and how to blend it yourself.

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  6. Roasting Fundamentals: Getting Started with Decaf Coffee

    Roasting Fundamentals: Getting Started with Decaf Coffee

    Tricky to roast but better tasting than ever.

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  7. Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    Ethiopia Organic Dry Process Two Ways: Regular vs. Decaf

    An amazing dry process Ethiopia now available as both regular and decaf.

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  8. Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

    Quakers and Taste - 2020 Sensory Summit

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  9. 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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  10. Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    ...because we have our favorites too.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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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