Apr - May 1999: Ethiopian Harars Go Chocolate; All About Coffee ...Not Really!; Hooray for Colsuaves

Date: 
Thu, 1999-04-01

Ethiopian Harars Go Chocolate

Weather patterns and climate changes might play a large role in the cup profiles of coffees from the Harar region for the past 2 years.

Sometime back, we chanced on a wonderful Harar that was very light-bodied with incredible flowery-jasmine aromatics. It was tea like, but not a wimpy cup by any standards. Since that time, Harars have tended toward flavor profiles with deeper hues; intense chocolate notes with stronger earthiness, and fruity aromatics lingering way in the background.

Dec 2010 - Jan 2011: Mr. Natural No More

Date: 
Wed, 2010-12-01
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Natural coffee sounds good, right? Who wants un-natural coffee? Of course, by “natural” we are talking about dry processed coffees, as opposed to wet processed or washed coffee. I'll be honest; over time I have begun to shy away from fruity naturals quite severely. The questions I ask when cupping them are: is the cup sweet? Is it a clean or a dirty fruit flavor? and will it last? (I mean will the fruit notes fade in a couple months and the cup just taste earthy and dull?) If the latter is true, then I am not doing anyone a favor by offering a coffee like that.

Jun - Jul 2000: A Brief and Biased History of Roasting

Date: 
Thu, 2000-06-01

A Brief and Biased History of Roasting

Jan - Feb 2001: The "Other" East African Coffees; Questionable Politics & Quality Coffee

Date: 
Mon, 2001-01-01
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The "Other" East African Coffees
It's almost a crime: some of the most balanced, complex coffees in the world are overshadowed by the powerhouse of East Africa … Kenya. Great Kenya coffees are showstoppers … they stun the palate with volatile aromas and fruity acidity, the flavors complex, the aftertaste is long and intense.

Jan - Feb: Late 2009 Trip to Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia

Date: 
Thu, 2009-01-01
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In late 2009 I took a trip to Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia. Uganda has potential, but there is much quality work to do in harvesting and drying of coffee. Most farmers never drink coffee here ... in fact many don't know exactly what coffee is used for. Because it is ground into powder, and because the government long ago would trade coffee for guns when they lacked money to pay for it, some farmers actually believe coffee is ground and made into gunpowder!

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