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  1. Podcast Episode 19: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    Podcast Episode 19: Kenya Coffee: Growing, Trading and Marketing

    A while back we had Mary Maina Manyeki visit us in Oakland, and had a great conversation about her experiences as a Kenya coffee farmer.

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  2. The New Postcard

    The New Postcard

    We are really proud of our latest postcard because it captures an aspect of one of Tom's photographic projects; shooting realistic macro photos of coffee beans.

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  3. Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    Sweet Maria's Green Coffee Sample Sets

    The ultimate order-ahead-of-time-pre-holiday-non-procrastinator-thing-you-can-buy-from-us-right-now

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  4. New Macro Videos

    New Macro Videos

    An inside look at parchment coffee and Kenyan coffee grades

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  5. Kenya Coffee Grades

    Kenya Coffee Grades

    A geeky macro video of the various grades and types of Kenya coffee. Some of this information can apply to wet processed coffee elsewhere too! -Tom

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  6. Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Roasted & Green Coffee Storage

    Sweet Maria's Product Guide: Roasted & Green Coffee Storage

    ...because you gotta put it somewhere.

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  7. Sumatra Aceh Mandheling Preparation Notes

    Sumatra Aceh Mandheling Preparation Notes

    Just some quick comments on the benefits to pre-sort this lot of Sumatra before roasting

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  8. The Amazing Spider Graphs

    The Amazing Spider Graphs

    ...fighting the crime of buying bad coffee

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    Adios! We're Out! Hooray!

    No more Centrals, and that's a good thing.

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  10. New Postcards...With a Lot of Information About Dry Processing

    New Postcards...With a Lot of Information About Dry Processing

    It's much more than just dehydration.

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  11. Roasted Coffee Macro Images

    Roasted Coffee Macro Images

    This photo gallery has a collection of extreme close ups of roasted coffee beans.

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    Podcast: Ferment in Colombia with Leo

    Breaking down coffee...literally

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2010 SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

2010 SCAA Coffee of the Year: Carlos Imbachi Wins Again!

Our Carlos Imbachi coffee (Finca Buenavista, San Augustin, Huila) just won the SCAA Coffee of the Year, AGAIN! I am pretty excited... as you can tell. Here are the results:

  • Overall Point Leader - Score 90.5 Country: Colombia Region: San Agustin, Huila Farm Name: Buenavista
  • Best of Origin - Score 87.375 Country: El Salvador Region: Apaneca/Ilamatapeq Mountain Range Farm Name: El Recuerdo
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.625 Country: Guatemala Region: Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez Farm Name: Puerta Verde
  • Best of Origin - Score 87.563 Country: USA/Hawaii Region: Ka'u Farm Name: The Rising Sun
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.313 Country: Honduras Region: Mogola / Marcala / La Paz Farm Name: La Isabela
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.222 Country: Kenya Region: Nyeri Farm Name: Gichathaini
  • Best of Origin - Score 85.558 Country: Nicaragua Region: Mozonte/Nueva Segovia Farm Name: Un Regalo de Dios
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.125 Country: Panama Region: Boquete Farm Name: Hacienda La Esmeralda
  • Best of Origin - Score 89.2 Country: Perú Region: Puno Farm Name: Tunk

Now, I don't take it too sincerely. After all, we also put Kenya Gakuyu-ini Peaberry in to the COTY and they gave it 75 points! Completely lame. We even recupped it as we have numerous times and it's impossible to give that coffee less that 88 unless you blow the roast on it. Clean cup and acidity gets you over 86 alone. So whatever. But I am excited, and it will be great to take this to Sr. Imbachi next time I visit him... Thanks to Virmax, the exporter, who sent in the Imbachi sample. It is from the same lot that is in transit to Sweet Maria's right now... -Tom

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