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A New Coffee Quartet

 Colombia San Jose Luis Alberto Ambito is a very sweet and versatile drinking coffee.

Colombia Agua Blanca Johan Penna has a big fruit profile and heavy sweetness.

Colombia Inza de Cauca is candy-like with honey sweetness.

Sumatra Mandheling-Aceh Triple-Pick is chocolate-heavy and works well at darker roasts.

Decaf is for Lovers: 5 New Coffees... 3 New Decafs

Brazil Mogiana WP Decaf is surprisingly sweet and versatile for use in espresso blends.

Colombia Cauca Popayan WP Decaf has balanced sweetness and acidity with golden raisin notes.

El Profundo SWP Decaf Blend is not your average decaf, with cocoa, apricot and clean syrupy sweetness, great across the roast spectrum.

Aged Sumatra Aceh Pwani - 2007 Vintage is intense, peppery, hot, with dark liquor, herbs, and mint, not for the faint hearted.

Rwanda Karenge Coffee Villages has structured brightness, orange and spice, black cherry and cola.

The Mini-500

One of our regular home roasting customers (and super nice guy) Henry Chang dropped by today to show us his Mini 500. No, not his sub-compact sports car...his mini-shop roaster. Henry personally imported it from Taiwan a few years back. It looked very cool parked next to our much larger Probat roaster. The Mini 500 is a propane burning drum roaster that has can roast 500 g. (just over 1 lb.) per batch. It’s essentially a sample roaster or small-scale commercial roaster, with a variable cast iron drum, needle gas valve for flame adjustment and an external cooling tray. Henry vents his roaster using dryer tubing, which attaches perfectly to the top of the chaff cyclone. It’s a fun roaster to use, but we wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without a good deal of roasting experience under his/her belt. Are we going to sell it on sweetmarias.com any time soon? No way. Hottops, Gene Cafe's, Behmors, FreshRoasts, Nescos and popcorn poppers are more our speed. 

 

Here's some Mini 500 stats...
  • 500 g. capacity (just over 1 lb)
  • cast iron drum
  • chaff collector
  • variable drum speed
  • adjustable damper for exit air
  • gas burner with needle valve for fine adjustments
  • cooling tray with powerful fan
  • bean probe & ambient temperature readout

A New Coffee Cavalcade

Brazil Sertao Carmo de Minas is one of the cleaner and sweeter Brazils we've cupped lately with honey sweetness, nut roast tones, and versatility in espresso blends or as SO.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Regalito has stewed peaches and balanced sweetness, also great for SO espresso.

Nicaragua Finca Santa Elena Caturra is clean and crisp with peach notes, succinct malty finish, and a juicy mouthfeel.

Hawaii Kona Kowali Farm Typica has a wonderful brightness that is sometimes lacking in mild Hawaiian lots, white grape notes, cane sugar, and a long lasting honeyed finish.

Kenya Nyeri Kagumo-ini Peaberry is vibrantly tangy, with sweet mandarin orange acidity, caramel sweetness and a pleasant citrus zest finish.

Sulawesi Seletan Peaberry has honey and caramel sweetness with apple, green grape and kumquat notes at light roasts and bittersweet cocoa at darker levels.

Five Very Sweet New Coffees

Bolivia Buenavista Organic Colonia Villa Rosario has dark fruits like raisin, black currant, and tamarind in a balanced cup.

Colombia San Antonio Lot #230 has raw sugar and caramel sweetness with stone fruits and silky mouthfeel; good SO espresso.

Peru Organic Lot #16 has caramel mouthfeel, crisp apple notes and nice sweetness; a great daily drinking coffee.

Kenya Kiawamururu AB is a tongue-turning cup with intense brightness, red currant acidity, winey ripe fruits, and vanilla notes.

Rwanda Karongi Gitesi is an amazingly "complete" cup with delicate brightness, mandarin orange notes, cane syrup, apricot, acacia blossoms and clean clover honey.