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COFFEE 101

INTRODUCING: CELEBRATION OF HARVEST BOXES

During the peak of new harvest arrivals, it is difficult to choose between so many great new coffees.  We have heard the questions time and time again…  “Which coffee from Los Planes should I try?  Which Panamanian coffee should I try first?  How can I choose?”  To help alleviate this conundrum, we are creating a… Continue Reading

CELEBRATION OF HARVEST – FINCA LAS MERCEDES AND FINCA KILIMANJARO

We have a little confession to make. When we are searching for great coffee at origin, we don’t always just fly to the country, get off the airplane and follow our super-sensitive noses up the mountainside to the best coffee farm in the country. Don’t tell anyone, but oftentimes we have help. One of our… Continue Reading

PT’S CELEBRATION OF HARVEST 2009 – FINCA LOS PLANES

I’ve always been a fan of “underdog” stories. You know, the stories where there’s no chance of someone succeeding and yet, despite all odds, they do. That is the story of Finca Los Planes and several other farms in the small region of Chaletenango, El Salvador. Friends at Finca Los Planes The Chaletenango region of… Continue Reading

ESMERALDA SPECIAL SO ESPRESSO – VERY LIMITED SUPPLY

Whenever we receive a new coffee, we roast it to different profiles in order to figure out where the coffee shines with perfection. For this year’s crop of Esmeralda Special, we took a small amount of both lots to a slightly darker roast profile. Although we decided that it wouldn’t quite work for our normal… Continue Reading

TRIP REPORT: GOMBE COFFEE PROJECT – TANZANIA

Gombe Coffee Project: Kanyovu Coop 2009 We were still hours from our destination, Kigoma, Tanzania, when we told our Rwandan driver, Saidi, to keep the Land Rover in the “ruts of the road.” It appeared to be the safest place to ride. The “road” was really more of a trail left by Chinese contractors creating… Continue Reading

ETHIOPIA BELOYAS NOW AT A SPECIAL PRICE

In the past couple of years, naturally processed coffee from the areas surrounding the Ethiopian villages of Beloya and Aricha have created a huge stir in the coffee world. These coffees raise eyebrows and cause you to question your taste buds. Is that a strawberry? Was the coffee soaked in blueberries before it was roasted?… Continue Reading

Palate Development-Tips for the Career Barista

                    In order to become a good barista one has to dedicate a lot of time to refining their movements and paying attention to all of the little things that go into a great shot of espresso. But, to truly go beyond that, to become a great… Continue Reading

ESPRESSO ROAST SIDAMO – BEST SO ESPRESSO FOR COFFEEGEEK

In the online coffee community, it is well known  that Mark Prince, the founder and mastermind of www.coffeegeek.com, has never been a fan of single origins as espresso.  These coffees have always seemed a little thin or lacked the complexity of well-crafted blends.  Despite this preference for blends as opposed to single origins for espresso,… Continue Reading

USBC EQUIPMENT SPECIAL – LIMITED TIME OFFER

We have put together a special United States Barista Championship Equipment Package that will give you the best of the best AND save you money!  This package contains a 2 Group Nouva Simmonelli Aurelia Semi Auto Espresso Machine, an Anfim Super Caimano Espresso Grinder, a Nouva Simmonelli Gold Service Plan, 20 lbs of Award Winning La Bella Vita Espresso,… Continue Reading

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