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]

Jun - Jul 2003: Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?; On the Flip Side …; Just One More Inscrutable Detail …

Date: 
Sun, 2003-06-01
Sample and roasting room of S. Cassinelli and Co. San Francisco. Circa 1920

Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?
There's a few of us in the coffee trade… overopinionated, obsessive, bi-polar green coffee buyers. We like an underdog, and will champion a great, under-appreciated coffee ad nauseam. And conversely we will hurl invective with enthusiasm at an overrated coffee. There's nothing in-between, greatness and

Jun - Jul 2003: Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?; Just One More Inscrutable Detail …

Date: 
Sun, 2003-06-01
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Costa Rica: Can a Coffee Be Too Perfect?
There's a few of us in the coffee trade… over-opinionated, obsessive, bi-polar green coffee buyers. We like an underdog, and will champion a great,

Apr - May 2009: How did that flavor get there?; Cultivar and Terroir; 3 Countries in 7 Days

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Wed, 2009-04-01
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What influences cup Flavor – or how did that flavor get there?

Feb 2011: More Coffee Market Craziness; Life without Centrals?

Date: 
Tue, 2011-02-01
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Coffee is about to get ridiculously expensive. I sit here in Kenya as I write this, having set aside 271 bags of amazing coffee, but at prices that would have been unbelievable, even last year. Auction prices have hit new highs, $10.08 in last week’s auction. It's hard to speculate if those particular lots were bid up due to some prior arrangement with a buyer who specified no cap, or whether 2 parties thought the coffee was that good. (I cupped a different lot that went over $10 in the auction and did not think it was a real Gran Cru coffee).

May - Jun 2002: Costa Rica Comes Through, Auction Season, Panama, SCAA Annual Conference, Coffee in the Key of "Z"

Date: 
Wed, 2002-05-01
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Costa Rica Comes Through
I admit it … I have snubed Costa Rican coffees for the past few years, accusing them of being so perfect that they are boring. But the new crop coffees have began to arrive and I have to backpedal quite a bit.

Apr 2001: Pops, Cracks and Snaps; New Crop Central America Update

Date: 
Sun, 2001-04-01

The Coffee Cupping Reviews for our green coffees usually recommend how long you should roast a particular coffee relative to the sounds of the roast; thefirst crack and the second crack. While it’s an imperfect way to talk about the “degree of roast,” let me explain why we chose cracks as reference points for how dark the roast is, and the alternatives.

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