Daily Archive for August 3rd, 2007

east africa & west africa

We have two new African arrivals. Another great East African lot from the Main Crop auctions; Kenya Kirinyaga – Thimu Peaberry has a deep-toned character (for a Kenya) with berry-like fruited notes and winey hints. And for the first time we have a West African coffee! Cameroon Caplami Java is an unusual longberry cultivar, with a cup that has Indonesia-like body, and interesting spice and fruit notes. It’s difficult to underscore how odd it is to have a good arabica coffee from West Africa. The French colonies there are known strictly as low-grown, low-grade robusta producers, mainly supplying the French market with bitter dark roasted coffee for Cafe au Lait and such. (Now why would anyone assume the French had a noble coffee tradition?)

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