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New Crop Rwanda Lots and Another Sumatra

Rwanda Karenge Coffee Villages has structured brightness and black tea bitterness in the finish, darker roasts have maple cookie and toasted sugar.

Rwanda Karongi Gitesi with raw sugar sweetness, buttery flavors and creamy vanilla hints.

Sumatra Grade 1 Mandheling has a tropical side with red fruit punch along with burnt caramel and rustic sweetness.

Five New Coffees

Costa Rica Tarrazu - Jardines de Luijim has juicy peach nectar, toasted caramel, and sweet cocoa.

Guatemala Patzun - Finca Santa Anita has refreshing acidity, nectarine, apricot, and a honeyed finish with bittering cacao nib notes.

Guatemala Proyecto Xinabajul - Francisco Mendez is juicy with ripe green grape, stewed pears and Hershey's syrup sweetness.

Ethiopia Dry-Process Chelelektu Yirga Cheffe is supremely sweet with strawberry, raisin, cherry juice, lychee, papaya and is remarkably clean with floral hints, this is one of the top Dry Processed lots we've cupped in a long while.

Kenya Nyeri Karindundu AA has grapefruit juice acidity, focused flavors of black tea and caramel.

A New Guatemala Lot and The Western Hemisphere XL Sampler

Guatemala Huehuetenango El Turbante has raisin, plum, green nut, and citrus rind in a very approachable cup.

XL South/Central America Sampler is another great value, for the price of one 20 lbs. bag you get four different 5 lbs. bags from 3 different regions, each sampler will include 2 Guatemala coffees along with 2 additional lots selected from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, or Peru. As with all the XL samplers we will select the coffees, so no special requests, but rest assured we will select four outstanding lots that represent the balanced and sweet lots Central and South America have to offer.

We are really enjoying these Swiss Water Process decafs created from our own single-origin lots. By sending fresh arrivals, that we've carefully sourced, we can ensure an outstanding cup for all those caffeine sensitive folks out there. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Ethiopia Busa Bechane SWP Decaf has clean caramel, vanilla, apple juice, fresh peaches, and silky mouthfeel.

Guatemala Finca Camelias SWP Decaf has dried apple, brown rice syrup sweetness, and is a good basic, daily drinking decaf.

Sumatra Toba Batak Peaberry SWP Decaf is earthy-sweet with Chai spice, papaya, jack fruit, chocolate and great Indonesia cup character.

Product Guide: Baratza Electric Grinders

We aren't the types to carry a line of products from one company just because it's easier to order and sell things that way. In fact, we do our best to offer some diversity to our customers. Here's a rare exception, when it comes down to Baratza, we really feel that  their line of grinders offer a lot of quality and durability at really good prices. Here's a video explaining some of the differences between the these three grinders...and another in which we explain the differences between different grinders in general.


The Vario


Product Guide: Paperless Brewing

Metal coffee filters are good for different reasons. Some coffee drinkers want a little more body/sediment in their cup. Some people are just trying to use less paper. Whatever the reason, there are pros and cons to using these.



-Your environmental impact is reduced each time you don't use a paper filter

-They can last for a long time, although thin steel and gold may require a little more TLC

-If you like more body, metal filters will let a little more sediment pass through (a little less than a French press)



-If you hate sediment, even a very coarse grind will not eliminate some fines at the bottom of your cup

-You have to keep them clean to keep old coffee oils and particles getting into your next brew



The Disk & Kone