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Kenya oh Kenya

by badbeard2 18. June 2018 13:02

Inventory is now voided of all Kenyas..for a short bit. Stuffs ordered are still making their way to US shores...but goodness comes to those who wait...

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Filtropa #4 filters back in stock

by badbeard2 9. June 2018 12:45

Love these filters...after a couple months awaiting a container to arrive, they're back!

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New and interesting Uganda, Guatemala community lot Candelaria 2018, SWP Decaf Ethiopia

by badbeard2 2. June 2018 23:57

New coffees are starting to make their way to the roaster and 2018 crop looks promising in all sectors except Sumatra from this angle. Liking a lot the new community lot Guatemala "Candelaria" from the Huehuetenango region, which comprises 3 distinct farms. Uganda Mt. Elgon has impressed as "the" up-and-comer in East Africa, another community coffee from 5 smallholder sub-sectors in Kapchorwa.

Swiss Water Process Ethiopia Limu is a nice addition for those avoiding the jitters.

More goodies coming soon!

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Kenya Kenya Kenya Nicaragua natural

by badbeard2 14. April 2018 20:59

Two gone (Grand Reserve and Blue Mountain) and one new one in, Konyu AA. I'm a fan of the Konyu and only got a miniscule amount of it, too little to list as an inventory item since it usually flies out. However, you dedicated fans, while I have it please order Special du Jour Deluxe and specify you want it in the order notes. Meanwhile, as new beauties roll into the 'States, stay tuned, we'll get you something!

Awaiting early next week a fantastic and exotic Nicaragua Red Pacamara natural process from Finca Limoncillo as well as one of the only Sumatras I will carry for a while, Kerincze wet-hulled. The bleakness of the Sumatra crop this year has definitely taken its toll...farmers facing greater-than-imagined shortfalls owing to superabundant rainfall and production value issues.

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Guatemala comings and goings

by badbeard2 24. March 2018 15:21

Said good-bye tearily to the last beans from La Morena, an exceptional women-produced coffee, as we welcomed in the exceptional Finca La Maravilla microlot from highland Huehuetenango. La Morena will be back soon!

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CAFE IS FINALLY HAPPENING!

by badbeard2 9. March 2018 13:18

The wait for the cafe is finally over...Abundancia Coffee Boutique, home of Badbeard's roasting facility, has soft-opened, here at 5829 SE Powell Blvd. Portland 97206. My coffee partner Faisal, whose exceptional family Kenya coffees we have carried for a couple years now, is as hopped up as I am.

Official Grand Opening date tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, March 28, and I will update here.

We will be featuring many fabulous and boutique coffee...my Rocket espresso machine is purring. The cool Curtis Seraphim 2-headed pourover prepares in all manner of methods. We will have light fare (no space for a kitchen, so we are limited to fine offerings from purveyors around the city) and beer/wine/cider. There will (eventually!) be 8 beer taps offering our collaborative coffee beers from Unicorn and 54_40, and a steady rotation of the country's best craft offerings (several 2018 Good Food Award winners are ordered up). Please stop by if you're in the area! Very friendly staff! 

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Comings, goings, doings...

by badbeard2 9. March 2018 13:00

Couple of notes on existing stocks...temporarily discontinuing the Filtropa #4 filters for awhile as we await a shipment from Holland...might be a couple of months!

Our award-winning Colombia Narino Galeras will be back in stock middle of next week...flew off the shelves!

This Sunday, March 11, Ecliptic Brewing in Portland is site of the 4th Annual Baker's Dozen Coffee Beers/Beers/Donuts/Coffee event. We will be offering "Bad Manuka"; a collaboration with excellent  54_40 Brewery (Washougal, WA), brewsmith John Lovegrove tipping his hat to his homeland, New Zealand, with his contribution of whiskey-soaked Manuka chips, and yours truly with a combo of Papua New Guinea Kiam and Colombia Finca Florida Pink Bourbon. Totally delicious. We will be ordering up some future batches to serve at the cafe, where the tap list will be growing...

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Colombia Pink Bourbon is back 1/22/18

by badbeard2 22. January 2018 22:23

Loved this coffee the last two years and jumped on a few bags when they arrived in Portland last week...admittedly heavy on Colombians these days but heck, they're fresh and tasty and unusual....about as far from the "Juan Valdez" coffee profile as I can imagine. A country with such incredible biodiversity must be celebrated, as the coffee sector reflects the hard work of the mostly smallholder producers. This year's Pink is from Cesar Augusto Yantel and his farm Finca (la)Florida in Huila department. 

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Arrivals: Ethiopia washed Yukro fabuloso, Peru SWP Decaf

by badbeard2 26. December 2017 12:34

This Yukro is the bomb! A relatively new co-op, Kata Muduga, in the Jimma Zone of Oromia in SW Ethiopia, central of all great things coffee. On the cupping table, any washed coffee that can fool me and others into thinking it's a natural process is AUTOMATICALLY booked. Special stuff for drip or single origin espresso.

The Peru Swiss Water Process Decaf is chocolately and delicious.

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Arrivals, last ditch rush orders still possible..coffee screams HAPPY HOLIDAYS

by badbeard2 16. December 2017 21:33

Most recent sample arrivals were two excellent Papua New Guinea coffees, Kiam and Marenban Estate,  both from the Eastern Highlands region. The (washed process) Kiam is  big-bodied and citrussy sweet and offered stand-alone. The Marenban is going to be reserved for blends (Archipelagos Anonymous and Midnight Tango, This is My Espresso in a darker roast profile and a light-medium touch for This Is MY House) although I must say it's top-shelf...just had to choose which to lay in with in quantity. Have always been fond of this country's production and gluttinous for good Far East coffees in general. While watching an early episode in Season 2 of "The Crown" there was a scene in PNG, in the 50s, when peoples in "tribal dress"...this being in the late '50s....were still "emblematic" of New Guinea, as it was known. A very rich place culturally and agronomically! Helped in my decision-making process!

We're now out of Colombia Pink Bourbon, a real hit from past months, but happy to report that it will again be arriving in late Jan./early Feb. 2018...currently sailing the high seas, headed to the US on a container ship.

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