15. September 2016 10:05
The upcoming Gedeo Zone Dumerso Natural Process Grade 1 will make you forget all about the Aricha, which is fresh out as of today. Will be arriving in the next 10 days...in the meantime there's always the natural Chelbesa and Torea to choose. Also will be road-testing and offering in limited quantities the fantastic Colombia Las Margaritas microlot washed Yellow Bourbon we cupped and gave 5 stars out of 5!
24. August 2016 00:04
We really loved this coffee A LOT last year, so much so that when the 2016 harvest microlot was announced we got the whole 14 bags of it. Please read more (in the product description) about the Catracha Project and Royal Coffee's commitment to making a real difference in this hard-working community, Santa Elena, population 12,000, with more than 60 individual growers. Thank you Ernesto and family and all of the greater Catracha family.
27. June 2016 13:25
We've been so jazzed to get a small taste of this AA microlot SL34 from grower Matthew Mugo in Kiambu. His Riamute farm ("Abundancia") is one of the finest in Kenya, and soon enough we'll be tasting the even more-prized and total rarity Natural process..check back here!
24. June 2016 15:51
Excited to greet awesome newbie Sumatra Mangkuraja Estate (from South Sumatra...a first for us), boisterous tones of vanilla, licorice, cocoa and molasses. Ethio Chelbessa natural better than ever, fruit-bomb. Organic Java Taman Dadar one of our longest-running Indonesian coffees, consistently excellent. Special microlot of Kenya AA (SL34) arriving Monday...keep posted!
4. May 2016 19:31
We are out of stock of the Ernesto Vasquez's fabled coffee, our Central american fave, source of all the goodness in the Badbeard's Milk Stout making the rounds on the Portland tap scene. Word today from Royal Coffee that arrival for the fantastic (cupped a pre-ship sample...super chocolatey!) microlot 2016 will be mid-July. We got the whole 14 bags of it! Can't wait here....
9. April 2016 11:05
Market of Choice in Beaverton has a neat tap bar with beer and wine pours and growler-filling. Our Coffee Milk Stout, produced with Unicorn Brewing's Jason Webb and formulator John Lovegrove, is in the beer rotation as of this week. Filled some growlers yesterday, go get some! ABV 6.7, 19 IBU. Unicorn's fermenter brewing batch #2, we'll be adding the new crop Ernesto Vasquez Santa Elena microlot in a couple of weeks and for the foreseeable future...a formidable coffee and excellent companion to an awesome beer. As pictured here, ask for tap #7
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9. April 2016 10:46
Got word this week from Mayra Orellana-Powell, marketing manager of our esteemed partners/importers Royal Coffee, that our fave producer, Ernesto Vasquez (farm "El Durazno Melocoton") of the Catracha Coffee Project in Santa Elena, Honduras, produced an excellent lot and it will be making its way here soon. Fantastic coffee...the one we used to produce a coffee beer with collaboration of Jason Webb of Portland's Unicorn Brewing....chocolatey, lively acidity, banana leaf, vanilla. Can't wait! This coffee will make it into our offering sheet as well as the next production run of Badbeard's Coffee Stout, which is currently on tap at the Beaverton Market of Choice.
Mayra is doing amazing things...REAL "eco-activism" for her hometown community of Santa Elena...here she is addressing an SCAA assembly. Thanks Mayra and husband Lowell Powell and all the besties at Royal!
24. March 2016 12:01
Great new crop offerings...a first for us from Uganda, Sipi Falls organic, a tremendous coffee, rich and sweet. Badbeard's is kicking over a share to our wonderful friends at S.O.U.L., a nonprofit working in educational and community outreach in some of that country's poorest regions. We will continue to support SOUL with all of our Ugandan offerings as they arrive...
Also excited to have Keffa Coffee's new crop YirgZ and Limu-Gera back in the rotation. The washed Limu was one of the highest-scoring coffees from that area ever handled by Samuel Demisse, a jammy fruit bomb normally reserved for natural process cultivars. Bravo. Fantastic pourover and espresso.
15. March 2016 09:42
Last week we attending a massive cupping of Colombian coffees from exporter/importer Traviesa Coffee showcasing their 31 (!) new offerings. The microlot of Yellow Bourbon from Finca Manantiales del Frontino cupped beautifully so I got the entire 3 bag lot. Despite its botanical proximity to our Red Bourbon from that fantastic farm it tastes quite different...floral as well, but strong notes of vanilla and citrus/candied orange peel. Kind of like a fragrant Orange Julius! Manantiales del Frontino won the SCAA best of cupping competition in 2012 and you can see why in these coffees...the Yellow and Red Bourbons and Geisha, which we also picked up because we love it so much!
9. March 2016 07:47
The presence of our Honduras Santa Elena Catracha "Ernesto Vasquez" is going to be in evidence on Saturday March 12 at the Baker's Dozen coffee beers/donuts/coffee event held at Culmination Brewing in NE Portland. Excited! Brewers John Lovegrove and Jason Webb of Unicorn have done an excellent job jacking up thier Milk Stout with this prized, chocolatey coffee! A preview here from last night's pre-show promo and tasting of some of the offerings.