The Mania of Tanzania

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Tanzania has been considered by traders as a "lesser Kenya" in many respects. In the commercial business, it is the source of less spendy, mildly acidic coffees via the weekly marketing auction in Moshi. But the quality potential of Tanzania coffee has been difficult to realize due to a number of factors.

 

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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.

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.

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.

Green Coffee Storage

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People in the coffee trade used to say that raw coffee was eternal, and we used to agree. The revised estimate is that green coffee lasts about a year from processing (assuming a six-month rotation of stock). We are unlike most green coffee sellers in that we do not have old stock; we are careful to make sure the coffee you receive is as fresh as possible. If we sell out of the previous crop year (something we always want to do) and new crop has not come in, we will not have that coffee until the new season.

Feb/Mar/April 2013: Origin Issue: Ethiopia

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Mon, 2013-05-20
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 We asked Aleco and Thompson, just back from a sourcing trip to Ethiopia, to share some thoughts on the country, and sourcing coffee there.

 

The Coffee Cherry

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Coffee is a deciduous, shrub-like tree. Most cultivars used in commercial production are pruned back each year to less than 8 feet in height, and every 8-10 years the tree is pruned nearly to the ground. The life of the tree in terms of good coffee production can be 50 years, and it will live much longer but will probably stop producing coffee with good organoleptic qualities at some point.

Choosing Green Coffee; Replacing a Favorite...

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Here Tom discusses how to go about choosing what green coffee to roast, both for folks just beginning to home roast and for those who love a certain coffee that is now unavailable.

Yemen Sanaani High Variability Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2011-01-01
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Yemen coffees are like no other. For the most part, there are no real coffee farms in Yemen, not like Central America and such.

Brazil Defect Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
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Organic Brazil, so sad, facing a full-on assault of insect, fungus, poor nutrition. And on top of that, grown at 900 meters.

Sumatra Defect Image Gallery

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Publication Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
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Traditional Sumatra coffees are wet-hulled. It's also called semi-washed coffee which may or may not be accurate...

March 2011: The Lean Times; Coffee Research, What's Next?

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Tue, 2011-03-01
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The Lean Times [We were discussing the nearly complete lack of Central American coffees in our offerings when Tom remembered that he wrote about this in a past Tiny Joy. He has a good memory because I found it in the Nov-Dec ’04 edition! I am reproducing part of that here since it is still relevant. – Maria]

CO-2 Decaf Method

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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This method uses two natural elements, pure water and carbon dioxide to extract caffeine from the coffee grains.

Ethyl Acetate Decaf Process by Cafiver Inc.

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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from Cafiver Inc, Veracruz Mexico, Ethyl Acetate Decaffeinating Facility

Health and Ecological Concerns

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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Maybe some day in the future we will discover that caffeine was the root of all human evil, but studies on the long-term health effects

SIngle Bean Macro Images

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Publication Date: 
Mon, 2007-01-01
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This is a collection of single seed coffee images I took, representing different varietals and processes. It is by no means exhaustive....

Macro Images of Coffee: From Cherry to Green to Roasted

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Publication Date: 
Fri, 2010-01-01
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Macro images give you a good chance to study detail in both green and roasted coffee.

Green Coffee Storage: From Crop to Cup by Chris Lee

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Publication Date: 
Sat, 2000-01-01
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This article is aimed at large roasters, brokers, exporters and other producers. A bit dated but still some pertinent info....
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