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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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We're going into the weekend on a high note

Hawaii Kona Kowali Farm Typica 2014 is a gem of a Hawaiian coffee, with developed sweetness and sparkling high notes. Hawaii for us is a short window as we buy such a limited quantity. As such, we are only offering 1 and 2 lb quantities.

Brazil Dry-Processed Conquista Farm has a sweet, and nutty characteristic that makes for a pleasing brewed cup as well as espresso. This one's body and sweetness all the way!

And then there were Ethiopians...

-Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Teklu Chele'lektu has pointed acidity, a deep sweetness, and with a healthy dose of fresh star jasmine.

-Ethiopia Yirge Cheffe Kore Kochore shows bold flavors of sugar-browing - like maple, and caramel syrup and a nice hint of dried wildflowers.

-Costa Rica Helsar Magdalena Vega, a nice dual-use coffee.

-Tanzania Shah Plantation AA offers a unique balance of sweetness and acidity as a brewed cup.


Look out in the coming weeks for our first arrivals of Kenyas, the return of Ugandan coffee, as well as our latest Workshop blend #31.

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.