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The SCAA Show 2014: New Products

We were in Seattle attending the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) show this past weekend. Aside from attending meetings, classes, etc., we got to zig-zag across the trade show floor looking at coffee products. Normally there's a handfull of ridiculous devices produced by companies that know little about coffee but this year's show featured some smart products and good improvements. Here's a few things that caught our eye.


The Return of Costa Rica Coffees and a New Rwanda

Costa Rica Helsar - Leo Rojas Rola has dark brown sugars, cinnamon stick, baked apple and chocolate almond bark notes

Costa Rica Helsar - Nancy with sugar, malt syrup, chocolate and fruit flavors

Rwanda Small Producers Mutovu Cooperative is spicy, with apple, vanilla and caramel notes

Guatemalas are back in stock!

-Guatemala Acatenango Finca San Diego Buena Vista has the balance and structure of a well-rested coffee, and 'classic' Guatemala cup characteristics

-Guatemala Alotenango Finca Candelaria has refreshing acidity, and makes for a great dual-use brewed coffee/espresso

-Guatemala Volcan de Fuego Guacatepeque has an intermingling of malt sugar, and mandarin-like acidity, that makes for a nice, approachable cup.


We're always excited when Guatemala season begins, and these 3 lots are definitely starting us off on a good foot!

Three Great New Coffees

Nerd Nite's Field Trip

About a month ago, we did a short demo at a lecture series here in Oakland called Nerd Nite. We were excited to be invited back to teach one of their "Field Trips", a longer, more hands-on demo at Tech Liminal (one of our favorite places to teach coffee roasting). In a matter of 2 hours, a class of 20 tasted different brewed coffee, roasted coffee in popcorn poppers, learned about a few other roasting methods and learned some basic brewing methods.