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  1. Timor No Leste

    Timor No Leste

    Posted from the road, some thoughts on coffee from East Timor (Timor Leste) and working with small holder farmers.

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  2. 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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  3. Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    Aillio Bullet R1 Roaster: Testing Airflow with Rwanda Kageyo

    A look at two extreme examples of airflow settings on the Bullet and how they affect roast development.

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  4. 20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    20% Off Guatemala Sale - Check Out Our "Cheat Sheet" Overview

    Take advantage of this great discount on these crowd-pleasing coffees.

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  5. Behmor Roast Profile: Ethiopiques 2.0

    Behmor Roast Profile: Ethiopiques 2.0

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  6. Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

    Video: Sample Roasting with an Aillio Bullet R1

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  7. Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    Video: Guatemala 2019 Coffee Clips

    A few fairly low tech clips and some thoughts on coffee processing and coffee buying in Guatemala.

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  8. Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Podcast Episode #21 - Burundi Conversation with Alistair Sequeira - Part 1

    Part 1 of 2 - Talking about the coffee supply chain among other topics

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  9. Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Colombia: Early Harvest in Nariño

    Harvest in Nariño comes at a time that is somewhat in between the middle and main harvests of our other primary sources of Colombian coffee, namely Urrao and Caicedo in the north, and La Plata and Inzá down south.

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  10. Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    Guatemala: Proyecto Xinabajul

    For years we have thought about working in a more direct way with small-scale farmers in Guatemala, and in the 2013 harvest year this effort came to fruition.

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  11. Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Another Home Roaster Takes the Leap

    Sweet Maria's customer jumps into his own coffee business

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  12. A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    A Path to Food-Grade Cascara at the Helsar Micro-mill

    Cascara beverages are popping up everywhere these days.

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Spring Break 2012! Wild West Oakland Dance Party

Spring Break 2012! Wild West Oakland Dance Party

(03/09/12)
I'm hitting the road a little later today to head out west to Oakland for a week of roasting, cupping, coffee sing-alongs, and possible break dancing. This is a really exciting time for Coffee Shrub with the addition of Aleco Chigounis and the potential to do some really exciting things with the coffees that we're bringing in and offering. It's very affirming to experience how Shrub has grown and how many roasters have found what we do to be helpful.

Beyond just the concept that shrub is here to help small roasters gain access to interesting coffees, we've always said that the coffees that we choose to offer on Shrub are coffees that we want to have a conversation about. We're working on new ways to help get those conversations going, making it easier and more interactive to post and read comments from us and others about roasting and tasting these coffees, but also by hosting webcasts where we can put panels together to discuss not just SHrub offerings, but roast development and other impacts on quality. Tune in today for a Sweet Maria's webcast with Tom and Aleco, at 12pm PST where they'll be discussing Burundi among other topics (Burundi offerings up soon on Shrub):http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sweet-marias

We've added some fantastic new coffees this week as well:

Ecuador Organic Guatenay Microlot

http://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/ecuador-organic-guatenay-microlot

"There is a hint of tangerine, apple, lemon zest (turning more toward lemon grass as it cools). The mouthfeel is silky and the body fairly light. I think it expresses the Typica cultivar flavor well."

Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo

https://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/ethiopia-illubabor-baaroo

"Breaking the crust on Barroo shows even more sweetness but more in the form of pumpkin pie, dried apricot and clover honey. The cup profile has a wide range of both fruit and sweetness along with a syrupy mouth feel reminiscent of port wine in terms of flavor and viscosity."

Guatemala Antigua Finca La Folie

https://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/guatemala-antigua-finca-la-folie

" Fleshy, plum-like character is most apparent in the up-front flavor profile in both terms of La Folie's juicy flavor and slightly tannic acidity. Warm, baking spice notes like nutmeg highlight the ripe, fruit tones. Bittersweet cacao and milk round out the aftertaste of the coffee. This is 2011 crop but has held up very well in grain pro!"

Rwanda Tumba Cocatu

https://coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/rwanda-tumba-cocatu

" The cup flavor of Cocatu is juicy with the combined brightness of apple and grape, tartaric and malic. Sweet cacao and caramel notes round this out, our favorite Rwandese offering this year."

Comin' at ya, Oaktown