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Panama Carmen Estate

We have a limited amount of Panama Auction Lot '06 - Carmen Estate from the Best of Panama Competition. This was one of the 3 coffees we sold as a set earlier this year. I found out there was a bag still unclaimed so I jumped on it (well, figuratively).  It's expensive. We paid 14.35 per pound in the auction for it, if that gives you some idea! One another note, we are entering the period we refer to as the Christmas Jamboree of 7-Day-A-Week Order Packin' Fun! Well ... at least we have good coffee to get us through it, sigh. -Tom

motozintla means "land of the squirrels"

i just returned from a short trip to Chiapas, which is as far south in Mexico as you go without ending up in Guatemala. we landed in Tapachula, then headed up to the coffee town of Motozintla. i learned a few things, the least of which is this: i dislike traveling in a group. anyway, i wrote another fairly acerbic commentary, with a lot of pictures and a few nice ones here and there. -tom

new coffee arrivals

A heads up that I am working on the final reviews for these coffees, coming in Thursday Nov 16: Guatemala Huehuetenango -Finca La Providencia Guatemala Quiche - La Perla Estate Panama Boquete - Maunier Estate Colombia Cauca Organic -La Esperanza Congo Kivu Peaberry Rwanda Migongo Bourbon (postscript: they are up on the site today as promised but I am still working on parts of the reviews. The Guats are totally finished but the later 4 are coming. Our green coffee offering list has some brief review comments, which might help give a general idea of the cup profiles of the later 4 lots. -Tom nov 16)

there is no "i" in gesha ...

... meaning, share with others: we want this lot to get to as many folks as possible, so there is a 1 lb. limit per person. anyway, we lucked upon a bit more of the hacienda la esmeralda especial, that is, the 100% gesha lot that we offered earlier. to get it here in good shape (being late crop, and with the seasonal change in boquete region) we flew the coffee here on continental airlines. however, high price air travel could not save our precious, expensive lot from being slashed by customs ... oops, now it is customs and border security. this esmeralda special gesha (no, not geisha) is in and the cup is consistent with the previous lot, meaning, excellent! -tom panama gesha bag, split by customs

not-so-recent coffee trips

Finca Agua Tibia schoolI slacked off after my quadruple header of Central Cup of Excellences (what is the plural of excellence?) Anyway, I never put the pictures up. I don't always make travelogs for every trip, but if I take pictures I ususally edit them, write something and put them up. But 4 competitions in a row (actually, 5 counting Panama) is just too much! Anyway, here are the pictures from the 2006 Guatemala Cup of Excellence and related travels, just a few hundred photos, scant commentary and some mopey musings mixed in. And here's a link to the pictures from the 2006 El Salvador Cup of Excellence, featuring "blinky man" and the wiggling butts video (how can you miss that)! If you didn't see it, the motherlode of travelogs is the 2006 Peru Trip, over 600 photos, and some good stuff in there too. And if you are wondering why you never saw all these links before on the sweet maria's site, it's because a. the site is labyrinthine, and b. you never made it to The Coffee Library page.