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Why we Ran Out of Behmor Roasters...Again.

If you are reading this, you are probably one of the folks that had been patiently waiting to purchase a Behmor 1600 Plus and when you went to our website, we were out of stock. First of all, we would like to apologize. After all the hype, promoting the new features and control panel, it's unfair that many people were left in the dark after waiting for such a long time.

So what happened? For some reason, Behmor was only able to import a limited number of roasters. We were told this in advance but had our fingers crossed that we would receive more. After dividing them up amongst the other Behmor dealers in North America, we were only allocated a very small number of machines. We didn't expect them to sell out as fast as they did.

Who's fault is it?  We are NOT pointing fingers at Behmor. They are an excellent company to work with that stands behind their products. It's in their best interest to export enough machines for their retailers to sell but sometimes there are issues getting enough of them exported. The only positive side to this is that we know Behmor isn't forcing their factory to pump out machines that could be low quality, defective or dangerous.

So, when can I actually get one? Late October. This is what we are being told. Trust us, we really want to get these in the hands of every home roaster that wants one. We think the new features are great and hope that we can ship one out to you soon. Since we are so close to the port that the Behmor Plus machines landed at, we were one of the first retailers to physically sell them...and one of the first to run out. Saying this doesn't make any sense from a business standpoint but you can always buy one from another retailer but act fast since all Behmor dealers in North America are receiving a small quantity to sell.

BIG SIX going into this weekend

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Costanza y Lopez is fairly fruited, floral, and has elegant acidity.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Javier Martinez is another micro-lot, with a sweet, bodied cup and as it cools, shows elements of apple pie, brown sugar, spices, and apples of course!

Guatemala Huehuetenango Hoja Blanco is a great drinking coffee with dark brown sugar, stone fruit and cacao bar

Guatemala Huehuetenango Chichimes has caramel candy notes, with malic acidity that shines.

Ethiopia Bonga Forest Mankira has heavy caramel and honey flavors with peach and a slight...

ROASTED: Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Kore Kochore + Ethiopia Gr. 1 Dry Process Yirga Cheffe Kochore

Sept. 17, 2014

Here comes two Yirga Cheffe Kochore coffees with two different processing methods. Both of these coffees come from the same washing station in Kochore Kebele ("Kebele" is a political district south of Yirga Cheffe town and is home to many small farms). I thought it would be a good taste comparison to roast a coffee from the same area/washing station with two different processing methods. Also, I approached these two coffees differently in the roaster according to their processing method.


Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Kore Kochore City+

Juicy, juicy body from start to finish. Fresh fruit salad along with sparkling cane sugar and amazing aromatics. I brewed this coffee with the Bunn Trifecta (metal filter, no paper) at work, and at home using a Bee House dripper. I enjoyed them both ways, but found that the Bee House brew really blew my socks off...it is outstanding. I typically brew just a little on the heavy side to pronounce the body and intensity the coffee when I brew at home.

Ethiopia Gr 1. Dry Process Yirga Cheffee Kochore City+

A very round cup with both mouthfeel and cleanliness. You won't find the typical wildness and intense fruit notes that you may have been used to with other dry processed coffees. Up front there's a silky smooth body that rolls fruit flavors (juicy ripe red apple, red grapes and tropical fruits) in with every sip. I was able to maintain a nice acidity level that this coffee has to offer that hits nicely in the middle. The aftertaste leaves a raw almond-like flavor and mouthfeel. Delicious.

Recently there have been a few home...

The Coffees Continue to Flow Into Our Warehouse

September 12, 2014

Sumatra Lintong Aek Nauli returns with the deep sweetness and convincing fruit flavors.

Ethiopia Dry Process Yirga Cheffe Chele'lektu has an astonishingly clean profile of fruit flavors and pectin sweetness.

Ethiopia Jimma - Cocola Cooperative shows great body and juicy tropical fruits.

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca Rosma has pronounced fruit notes and the deep sugar browning sweetness we've come to expect from this coffee.

Guatemala Antigua - Cabrejo Invernadero shows great sweet/bittersweet balance and boasts a near sparkling, malic acidity.

Brazil Minas Gerais - Roberto Canato is a well-rounded pulp natural from the award winning Fazenda Monte Verde. Bold sweetness, this coffee also harnesses flavors of golden raisin and black tea.

Costa Rica Familia Bonilla - El Llano, another from Don Mayo micro mill, this washed coffee makes for a transparent Costa cup, with sweet apple and walnut.

Sulawesi Bone-Bone Cooperative has thick, inky body and intense sweetness of developed sugar and rice syrup.

Honduras Santa Barbara - Juan Hipp Microlot is a small lot from Santa Barbara region, and is actually in...

Here's Another Friday Flurry of New Coffee

September 5, 2014

Ethiopia South/West Sampler is a 4 pound focused look at different coffees from one of the most prized countries we work in. Profiles will vary widely with variety as well as with roast development.

Costa Rica Familia Bonilla SWP Decaf is very balanced, on the milder end of the spectrum with apple and pear notes and equal parts dark sugar and cocoa flavors.

Ethiopia Dumerso-Kochore SWP Decaf is floral, fruited, bright and complex.

Guatemala San Diego Buena Vista SWP Decaf has caramel and dark sugar sweetness, highlighted by top notes of cherry and apple with chocolate flavors at darker roasts.