Our new lot of Costa Rica Cup of Excellence "SLGLA" is from the first-ever COE competition in that country, and a very refined cup. It's actually the product of three micro-farms (Santa Lucia, GÃ©nesis, Los Anonos), but I couldn't figure out a short name so we're stuck with SLGLA! And an excellent lot of Sidamo Dry-Process, Ethiopia Organic Sidamo DP -Special Selection is here from Trabocca (Holland-based) exports. This was the best Sidamo from last year, and I think this is better than the Harars of this year too! Ethiopia Idido Misty Valley comes in about a week too.
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Sort of. Basically, we found these new, unique India lots and they call showed up on our doorstep at one time! First off is one of the oddest, most-confounding coffees I have ever tasted! It's a rare coffee, certainly a unique experience, but you had better read the review before you take a risk on this one! It's called India Anohki Coffee, and it is a totally different species from arabica; coffea liberica. The flavors range from blueberry to barnyard: You've been warned! Next to the Anohki, the India Baba Budan - Mandelkhan Estate seems like a wall-flower of a coffee, but it's a classic India from a very high altitude estate. More rustic and wild is the India Mallali Estate "Tree-Dried Natural." Just as it says, this is not processed on a patio or mechanical dryer ... it is allowed to fully dry on the tree, and the cup has intense heavy body, fruit and chocolate. And we have a specially-selected robusta that is actually quite sweet, outstanding for your espresso blends: India Robusta - Sethuraman Estate Nirali.
obvious but true, the new El Salvador Orange Bourbon Cultivar that I posted today has orange sweetness in the cup, as well as a ton of body. It's not a firecracker of a coffee, but solid, compact, balanced. Here's the picture I took on my first encounter with this variation on the classic Bourbon varietal, back in early 2006:
A wide range of arrivals, from big-ticket Gesha-cultivar lots to humble, mild Chiapas lot, an outstanding Colombia from a new region and a superior Yemeni lot:
- Costa Rica La Candelilla Estate Gesha - Gesha micro-lot from a great Costa Rica Tarrazu estate, delicately fruited.
- Guatemala Acatenango - Buena Vista Gesha - Gesha from a Guatemala farm, with strong tropical fruit notes.
- Mexico Chiapas - La Union Coop - a mild, snappy, crisp cup with light body and praline/caramel apple notes.
- Colombia Choco - El Carmen del Atrato - a touch of East Africa wine and black currant in the new mirco-regional lot.
- Yemen Mokha Sana'ani - a beautiful natural process coffee with spice, chocolate, and apricot-peach fruited notes.
A variety of new coffees arriving today and tomorrow, including another Cup fo Excellence lot! It's a classic Central cup with tons of chocolate, spice and citrus hints: Nicaragua Cup of Excellence -La Esperanza . And we have another potent Auction Lot Kenya, loaded with tropical fruit, very bright and winey: Kenya Nyeri - Ruiruiru Peaberry . We have been waiting until mid-harvest arrivals to find a nice PNG lot like this: Papua New Guinea -Kimel Plantation Peaberry . And we have an unrepentantly bright, citrusy decaf: Kenya Auction Lot Peaberry WP Decaf