Daily Archive for August 10th, 2011

Mid-week Coffee Additions: Two Sumatras and a Guatemala

Tarbarita Peaberry fans rejoice! We have two great Sumatra additions Sumatra Tarbarita Peaberry and Sumatra Dry-Hulled Aceh Bukit along with a new Guatemala Guatemala Antigua Finca La Folie. Today is a day some of you have been waiting for since February. The return of the ever-popular Sumatra Tarbarita Peaberry. Truly one of those special Indonesia coffees brimming with clove, molasses, caramelized sugars, and black tea-like notes. We are also adding the totally unique Sumatra Dry Hulled Aceh Bukit which cups like a hybrid from Indonesia and Central America with fruited bittersweet balance, less body than wet-hulled Indonesias and sweet spices. Last, but not least, is Guatemala Antigua Finca La Folie a superb lot with refined acidity and apple notes, mild and sweet but very attractive.

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Roast Coffee Pairing #68: Honduras Santa Barbara Smallholders & Guatemala Finca Candelaria

This week’s pairing is a good expression of the range of flavors in Central American coffees.  On one hand we roasted Honduras Santa Barbara Smallholders to a light City+ level to highlight amazing tropical fruit notes and light body.  This is a special pooled lot from several small farms and represents quite an exotic profile for a washed Honduran coffee.  At the other end of the spectrum is the classic, “crowd-pleaser” Guatemala Finca Candelaria roasted to a more balanced Full City level. I was really trying to draw a distinction between these two coffees with the different roast levels  and hope you enjoy tasting the exotic and fruit laden next to the chocolate and bittersweet.  Try them separately, or heck, blend them together and have the best of both worlds!

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