Daily Archive for July 7th, 2010

Guat JBM and four other new coffees


Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend! Is everyone rested and ready for five exciting new offerings today?! OK, here goes… Heading things off is a new coffee/farm for us: the Costa Rica Chirripo -Finca Alaska. This is unique in its sweetness and brightness for a Crestones coffee and we’re happy to have this intensely fruited cup in our arsenal. Next we have El Salvador Matalapa -Tablon El Amate, a versatile coffee from light to espresso roast, this is from a great older farm that we’ve enjoyed for quite a few years. Look for orange citrus and buttery body from this Pacas type coffee. We are excited to add another Kenya to our inventory… the Kenya Kirinyaga Karimikui, a complex array of brown sugar, fruit notes, and caramel with a syrupy sweet body to boot. We haven’t seen quality Jamaican Blue Mountain in awhile, but this JBM, grown in Guatemala is special indeed. Fans will remember Guatemala Finca La Bella JBM Cultivar‘s great body, toffee, caramel, and restrained brightness. Look for lemon and apple brightness at the lighter roasts. Last on the list is the Ethiopia Organic Shakiso Wet Process with moderate brightness, caramel and jasmine tones, and lemon scent. Phew! Those summaries were a mouthful. Check out Tom’s full reviews too!

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Roast Coffee Pairing #40: DIY Mokha Java

Two great coffees equal one super Mokha Java blend. The Yemen Sana’ani is a high-quality Mokha that was roasted to Full City+ with just a shade of second crack.  Thiis should add a nice element of spicey accents to the Bali Kintimani, which is a sweeter, milder Java component, also roatsed to Full City+ but with a few more snaps of second crack.  I just brewed a pot of 50/50 and there is a good interplay between the wilder notes the Yemen brings to the cup and the balanced bittersweet chocolate of the Bali.  It was fun to roast these coffees a litlte darker than normal and target a roast level just before second crack really gets started in earnest. Try them on their own or blended together and let us know what you think.  If you like this two coffee blend try other versions using Ethiopia and Sumatra, or Rwanda and Sulawesi, the sky’s the limit!

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