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  1. Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea is often lumped in with Indonesian coffees. But it is distinct in nearly every way.

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  2. Flores

    Flores

    Flores is small by island standards, just about 360 kilometers end to end. It is in the Indonesian archipelago, between Sumbawa and Timor islands.

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  3. Costa Rica

    Costa Rica

    If there is a problem with Costa Rica coffee, it's the fact that it can lack distinction; it is straightforward, clean, softly acidic, mild.

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  4. Dominican Republic

    Dominican Republic

    Good news, Sammy Sosa ...the Dominican produces more than mild cigars. It has a tradition of coffee production that dates back several centuries now.

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  5. Mexico

    Mexico

    Mexican coffee originates from South-central to Southern regions of the country.

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  6. Uganda

    Uganda

    he variety of wild Robusta coffee still growing today in Uganda's rain forests are thought to be some of the rarest examples of naturally occurring coffee trees anywhere in the world.

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  7. Nicaragua

    Nicaragua

    Nicaraguan coffees have a wide range of flavor attributes. Some cup like Mexican coffees from Oaxaca, others have a more pronounced acidity.

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  8. El Salvador

    El Salvador

    El Salvador coffee had a poor reputation for years, marred mostly by the inability to deliver coffee of high quality within an unstable social climate.

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  9. Panama

    Panama

    Coffee from Panama was once overlooked and under-rated, but not any longer.

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  10. Ethiopia

    Ethiopia

    Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that Coffea Arabica grew wild.

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  11. Decaf

    Decaf

    Green coffee is decaffeinated before roasting. This process changes the color of the green coffee: it varies from light brown (Natural and CO-2) to green-brown (MC and Swiss Water Process -SWP- decafs).

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  12. Australia

    Australia

    Okay, it is a continent and an island. But how do you classify Australian coffee?

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Myanmar

Myanmar

Coffee from Myanmar is not seen often in the US marketplace. In fact after the one offering we had from 2000, we haven't see in since! Maybe with the recent political changes it will reappear. The region has produced Robusta type low-grade coffee for a while, but arabica has only been offered for the past 2 years that I am aware of. We offer it because it is unique, has great body, and is very nice in darker roasts. The preparation is on par with Brazilian dry-processed Specialty coffees, but Myanmar doesn't really qualify as a Specialty coffee yet in my opinion ...partly because we just don't know much about subregional distinctions from Myanmar coffees ...And it is just too early to tell what cup quality this origin will be capable of producing.

 

Sadly, Myanmar has been under fairly authoritarian rule until recently. There were great civil rights questions looming in relation to the military powers and the ruling elite. One might assume that consuming products from Myanmar might prolong the despotic rule, and in some cases this might be true. But this was the same case in Timor, where money from the organic coop directly aided the coffee farmers and circumvented the occupying Indonesian powers. The coffee we purchase from Myanmar also comes from a farmer cooperative called Golden Trangle, which (as in East Timor) was started with US AID grant money.

 

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