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Decaf Lovers...Check This Out!


Rwanda Karenge Coffee Villages SWP Decaf is intensely sweet and a surprisingly clean cup with subtle fruits that build in a cooling cup.
Brazil Pedralva Fazenda Furnas SWP Decaf is a fruit-forward cup, sweet and juicy, and one that cups with a complexity we're not used to tasting in decaf coffees.

Burundi-Ethiopia Coop Blend SWP Decaf
is a dense bodied coffee with structured sweetness. The acidity is quite complex and berry-like, which really took us by surprise!
Yemen Mokha Ismaili starts the season off right with rustic sweetness and a multitude of fruit notes that shift as much with roast as they do with temperature.

Podcast:More About Coffee Lexicons

Tom and Chris Schooley sit down in Chris's kitchen to cup some coffees and talk about the information that Tom brought back from his meeting at Kansas State University where he met with sensory professionals. Please excuse the slurping and spitting noises that are common in every cupping room.

Here's three new coffees

Fazenda Sao Francisco Microlot - it's a fairly complex cup, not just for a Brazil, nicely fruited, sweet, and with relevant acidity

Brazil Pulp Natural Santa Lucia Yellow Bourbon - Being a Pulped Natural, there is cleanliness to the cup profile with the 'richness' of chocolate and some nice dried fruits.

Colombia Huila WP Decaf. It's a refined decaf, with balanced sweetness and acidity. Have a great weekend!

Four new ones including a new Workshop blend.

We've had a bunch of new coffees land over the past few weeks so we decided it's time to put a few of them together for a nice, dual-use blend. Espresso Workshop #31 - 3rd Level is floral, bodied, deeply sweet and is a great example of why we started the Workshop series in the first place! It's comprised of new crop, washed Ethiopian, Guatemala coffees, as well as a bit of dry-processed Brazil.

Uganda Organic Cheema Kapchorwa has rustic sweetness, thick body, and surprisingly low acidity for an African coffee.

India Ratnagiri Pearl Mountain Peaberry is spiced and has flavors of praline nut - nice clean flavors.

Costa Rica Helsar - Manuel Macho Arce is a favorite of ours, boasting layered fruits and raw sugar sweetness.

Podcast: Tasting and Coffee Lexicons

We describe coffee as tasting like so many other things, fruits, sugars, caramels, candies, spices ... but the core coffee flavors are much more challenging to elucidate. I have come up with a term "coffee identity" akin to the basic taste identifying markers from other food and beverage flavor lexicons, and this podcast touches on the way we seek to focus and describe base coffee notes. There are so many tangets I could go off on here, and doubtless future podcasts on specific aspects of this material. -Tom

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