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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. Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    Sweet Maria's Staff Picks: Featuring Ryan

    ...because we have our favorites too.

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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. The New Green Deal

    The New Green Deal

    It's New. It's a great deal. The coffee is green. The New Green Deal.

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  6. Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    The ultimate order-ahead-of-time pre-holiday non-procrastinator stocking-stuffer

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    Happy Halloween. Here's Six Under Six

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    The Golden Bean Bronze Medal Bullet Profile

    Check out Julio's award winning profile.

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  11. Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

    Roasting Flores Gunung Gedha on a Popcorn Popper and Quest M3s

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  12. Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Podcast Episode #25: The Global Trade/Burundi Discussion

    Some very informative audio from last month's discussion

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Sale on Panama Esmeralda and Guatemala El Injerto...

Sale on Panama Esmeralda and Guatemala El Injerto...

I have had the opportunity to cup our Hacienda Esmeralda Gesha vac pack lots (#2, #10) from last year against the new crop, and was surprised at the quality of the '08 coffees. I took the most expensive coffee from the '09 auction home for the weekend, and brewing it every which way, I made coffee I thought was "nice" but nothing that really popped out, nothing I would pay $117 a pound for! It made me think about what I really would pay for a very special coffee, and during the long Memorial Day weekend I came up with a figure, $45 per pound, as a reasonable amount for really top notch, award winning coffee. At that rate, each cup is about $2, which seems like a fair price. And if I roasted a batch that really "nailed it on the head" and another that was a shade too dark, or too light, I wouldn't be all broken up about it. So I decided, given the fact we have a few expensive coffees in vacuum pack that are not selling in this down economy, why not have a $45/Lb. sale? We are offering our formerly $125 Panama Esmeralda Gesha Lot 2 for $45/Lb (without the pound of Lot 10 we were previously pairing it with), and we also have the $92 Guatemala Cup of Excellence #1, El Injerto Pacamara, a blistering-good coffee, at $45 per Lb. We are also reducing the price on Panama Esmeralda Gesha Lot 10 to $13/Lb in anticipation of the '09 lot we bought, which will sell for around $35 per Lb when it arrives. We bought only about 300 pounds of Esmeralda in the auction this year. We have cupped all of these vacuum pack coffees and they are fresh as they day they came in!

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