The Mania of Tanzania

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Tanzanian coffees can be a more balanced version of neighboring Kenya, which is loaded with top end, bright acidity. Tanzanias can also be high-toned, but the acidity is usually more integrated into the cup flavors, less dominant, while fruited notes and body play a greater role in the overall cup character.

 

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Taste Evaluation of Green Coffee Bean Samples Prior to Purchase & Use by Michael Sivetz

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PROLOGUE

With so many new small retail and wholesale roasters coming into the trade in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, it has become pertinent to review the factors influencing green coffee bean purchasing decisions.

Comparisons of Coffee and Wine by Carl Staub:

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Specialty coffee is where the wine industry was 10-15 years ago., that is to say that, much like wine, coffee consumption is suddenly declining on a per capita basis. In fact, coffee is down roughly half from where it was in the early 60s. We see the same trend in the wine industry, people are drinking less but drinking better.

Womens Coop Duhingekawa Rushashi

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Abakundakawa is a 1700 member cooperative that mills its coffee at the Rushashi washing station. The average altitude here is 1600 to 1800 meters for coffee production, the varietal is traditional Bourbon seedstock, and the typical wet process method is used, with sun-drying on raised beds or patio. This is fair trade certified, part of the USAID project in Rwanda to improve the quality of life ...

Utz Kapeh: "Fair Trade Lite"

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Utz Kapeh is not the same as Fair Trade, but does aim to repair the problem with the low prices in the broader coffee market. It seems more as a suppliment to Fair Trade, not a competitor. Call it "Fair Trade Lite"...

There is not a lot of this coffee being sold in the U.S. market currently, but since I was buying a really nice lot of Brazil Impanema Dulce that had this strange Utz Kapeh moniker on the sample bag, I checked out their web site and read a few articles on the subject. -Tom

The State of East African Coffee by Timothy J. Castle

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This article is from the July 2001 Tea & Coffee Trade Journal: Subscribe to this magazine! The Author is a consultant, author and coffee broker of some very exclusive Estate coffees like Vista Alegre Natural Dry from Brazil and La Torcaza from Panama. He is the author also of the book The Perfect Cup.

The Roasters of Intelligentsia

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Big Gothot roaster

A while back I heard about a roaster in Chicago (where Maria is from, and where we met!) that was doing a good job using some very nice old Gothot roasters. Since then I have met a few of them, cupped with them in Honduras and Nicaragua, visited their plant, and developed an appreciation for the way they do things. They are primarily a wholesale roasters, supplying good restaurants and food stores with coffee. They have 2 coffeehouses of their own, and I hear they are real neat-o too.

Technical Notes: Yemen Coffees

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Authenticity. Yemen Specialty Coffees Ltd.'s coffees are all guaranteed 100% authentic Yemen, without possibility of adulteration by similar but lesser coffees from Africa. YSC obtains its coffees directly from tribal middlemen in the Yemen highlands, far from the southern port of Aden, the entry point for contraband African coffees.

Rwanda Butare-Bufcafe Washing Station Improvements

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These images show improvements to the washing station (i.e. the wet-processing coffee mill) that our Rwanda Butare Bourbon comes from. Donations and additional funds from better price for the green coffee paid for these improvements, which will them improve the coffee quality, and hence increase the price ... at least in an ideal world. Hey, we live in that world, and are paying above-fair-trade prices for such lots. These were forwarded to me from Tim at Volcafe as part of a report on this project, and we have already arranged for a microlot from this mill for next year.

Tribute to Paul Stauder Jr., Coffee Exporter 1975-2008

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Paul Stauder was a coffee exporter that handled some of our best Guatemala coffees. Paul Stauder was murdered while bringing the payroll to his family coffee farm on December 6, 2008. I pasted the email I received via Ian at Volcafe below. As you can see from the email, it is a very, very sad situation.

Papua New Guinea: You Confound Me

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I have been to a lot of places that grow coffee. Nothing could prepare me for Papua New Guinea. The more you stay, the more you observe, the less you seem to know.

Coffee En Masse: Pictures of a Coffee Warehouse

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I was visiting a coffee warehouse in the SF Bay area recently and thought I would share a few images with you. While it seems like a massive amount of coffee, this is a small warehouse compared to others. In fact this is the warehouse for some of the finest coffees coming into the US, and these lots represent the top 5-10% of the coffee produced worldwide. The warehouses in New Orleans store much of the lower grade coffees, and are much larger (and infinitely more humid) than this. In fact, the bay area is an ideal coffee storage climate.

Coffee Production Timetable

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This information is very approximate and can change from year to year a bit. There's another issue ... you could get new crop Costa Rica, for example, in December or January ... but would you want to? Probably not! Those shipments are lower grown coffees, lower altitude farms where coffee cherry ripens sooner. These are not going to have the cup quality of higher grown coffees, and will lack bean density and brightness. And sometimes coffee is "rushed" through production for market reasons, ruining any cup quality it has.

How To Buy Full Bags of Coffee ... or not.

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Folks, I sometimes write my opinions in a fit of zealotry, and it is then I put my foot into my mouth up to the ankle. I wrote this in that mode ...and I have had to edit a few stupid comments I made that were based on half-informed partial facts. In coffee, whenever I think I know too much about what I am saying, I bumble. This is still a rant, but I hope you see it is well-meaning op-ed, and there are a few good points made here-in, with a thick layer of opinion smothering the rest of it -Tom 11/16/04

 

New(ish) Methods in Brazil Coffee Production

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By and large, Brazil must innovate in their coffee production techniques; they can’t afford not to. The price one would need to produce coffee in Brazil as it is picked and processed in Ethiopia, or Kenya, or Guatemala, or Sumatra, would be far higher that the quality of the cup is truly worth. There is simply not the available low-cost labor to do this job in most coffee areas of Brazil, nor willing workers. Fortunate for laborers, they have options.

I Found the Future in Brazil (and now I feel like crying)

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Is the Brazil of today, where coffee is becoming increasingly technified, the future of coffee in the Americas? What is pushing farmers in Brazil away from hand labor toward machine-based picking and processing? And what is the impact on quality of machine-harvested coffee?

Brazil is a vast and varied nation, which holds true in terms of its coffee production. From Cerrado to Bahia, Sul de Minas to Matas de Minas to Mogiana, there are different challenges that the landscape and climate bring to coffee growing.

Direct Trade Coffee Adventure

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 Amazing? Well, not really. This is an homage to other youtube coffee sourcing videos. Quien es mas macho?

September/October 2011: A Bump on the Butt of Specialty Coffee

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Wed, 2011-09-21
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A guy goes into a coffee roasting shop and asks if he can buy some green coffee to roast at home. The owner says, "Sure, and I will give you a 10% discount off our roasted coffee price."  The guy thinks to himself, "Golly gee, since I will have 20% weight loss, that means I am basically paying 10% more to have him NOT roast my coffee for me." The guy then starts a web site for home coffee roasting, naming it for his wife, who was certainly sweet to sell $12,000 of Grandpa's stock to get the ball rolling .

May/June 2011: Farms as Brand Names

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Mon, 2011-05-16
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From the beginning, Sweet Maria’s Coffee has  identified coffees we sell with as much information as possible:  detailed farm info, altitude, cultivar, photographs, processing details.. Beyond simply describing a product we sell, we provide clues to the quality that we found in the cup.

History of Coffee Chart

I had to seam this image together, so I am not sure how legible it
is. David Roche had it at the Roaster’s Guild Retreat, and it’s from
a book but I am not sure which. Ukers? Interesting history of how
coffee was disseminated through the world.

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