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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. Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    Burundi Crop 2020 is Here!

    New crop Burundi is hitting the list. We wanted to highlight the country and why we love this coffee so much!

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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. A Look at  Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    A Look at Flores Manu Lalu as Espresso

    Wet process Flores makes fantastic single origin espresso. Have a look at our cupping notes.

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  6. Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

    Behmor Espresso Roast Profile: Peru FTO Don Rigoberto

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  7. Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    Sumatra: Arabica Varieties in Aceh

    This is a list of coffee varieties / cultivars found in Aceh and more broadly in Sumatra, Indonesia

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  8. Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    Sumatra: Stories About Aceh, With Pictures

    A Sumatra travelogue in photographs, focused on Aceh area around Lake Tawar and Takengon town

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  9. Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Sumatra: Some Things I Have Learned About Aceh, Perhaps.

    Thoughts on Acehnese coffee and the trading system here, written from Banda Aceh, October 2019.

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  10. Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    Organic Certification and Green Coffee

    An inside look at Fair Trade and Organic Certifications

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  11. 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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  12. 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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Shazbot! new Guat

Shazbot! new Guat

(11/15/10)
Did I say last Thursday? I meant today. Today we are introducing Guatemala Antigua Hacienda Carmona Pulcal. This coffee really stood out on the table next to some other Guats. Syrupy and silky just as described, lots of sweetness and that glowing acidity that makes you say "Shazbot!" or any other number of things that mean wow. This is a great holiday coffee and one that I think will be a crowd pleaser.

"balanced and sweet with a hint of acacia flowers. The chocolate in the aroma suggest the cup will be more aggressively bittersweet, but I am surprised how silky and elegant the overall impression of the cup flavors are. The acidity has a fruit-floral accent in the higher notes in the cup, giving a more light and effervescent character overall. There is a grape-like sweetness paired with blackberry syrup flavor. I also picked up a strong passion fruit note in the middle as the coffee cooled, I think this perception was maybe aided by the silky and syrupy body but there was a lingering pleasant tanginess in the finish. It's an exceptionally clean coffee flavor, very transparent, which suggest really good picking and processing."
http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/guatemala-antigua-hacienda-carmo...

We also have a fair amount of the Panama Esmeralda Gesha - Mario Enero Lot around, speaking of holiday coffees, and yeah, that one is also quite the crowd pleaser.

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/panama-esmeralda-gesha-mario-ene...

"Mario Enero is shockingly sweet in the dry fragrance. Jasmine and honeysuckle floral accent with berry fruits, Enero is the classic Esmeralda Gesha coffee. Honey and mild graham cracker hints are evident too. The wet aroma also has distinct jasmine, as well as cherry notes, honey, caramel, and soft milk chocolate at slightly darker roast levels. The cup has a light-yet-juicy body. "

as if you didn't know.