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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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The Hits just Keep on Comin'

The Hits just Keep on Comin'

(12/03/10)
We've got brand new jams from Costa Rica and El Salvador comin' at you on the rock block this hour for all your drive-time dreams.

Costa Rica Los Manantiales Fidel

http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/costa-rica-los-manantiales-fidel

"There is an abundance of cocoa powder and cane sugar in the dry fragrance, with red apple fruit notes. It's a rather bold juicy scent, and along with apple there is white grape, and a bit of tangerine in there. The wet aroma has the same juicy fruited notes, sweet and also marked by a caramelized sugar-browning sweetness. On the break, a very floral honey scent emerges. The cup is outstanding; bright and lively acidity gives a refreshing effect, and hibiscus floral notes come through, especially as the cup temperature drops. There is a Turbinado sugar sweetness (raw sugar-like, but not rustic sugar like Muscavado). Apple tastes are evident when the cup is hot, changing more toward Peach tea flavor in the cooling coffee."

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El Salvador Siberia Estate Bourbon

https://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/el-salvador-siberia-estate-bourbon

"t's a versatile coffee, which works well in espresso and drip type brewing. I did a very light City roast and the cup was lemony, sweet, zingy, mildly floral. I did a City + roast that had creamy nut tones with ripe orange underneath, and a cinnamon accent. I did a FC, and Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">FC+, a light Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">Vienna, and with each the cup had great character, chocolate tonality becoming more intense and bittersweet as the roast darkened, but never becoming flat, ashy or carbony. The wet aroma has a hoppy floral note and some malt sweetness in the light roasts, like a mild IPA brew. I highly recommend this lot for espresso"

Dig it!