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Old friends returning

by badbeard2 12. August 2017 11:21

We welcomed back two past-year stars this week...Honduras Ernesto Vasquez's stellar 2017 washed Santa Elena Catracha Project offering and the Colombia Finca Los Cedros Pink Bourbon. Two of the most interesting coffees of the year!

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Goings and comings...

by badbeard2 2. August 2017 13:25

Yes, indeed it's true that the awesome Kenya Peaberry Kathinguri is out of stock now. Next Kenya from esteemed producer Matthew Mugo is going to be arriving shortly...Blue Mountain (no...not the Jamaican version...but guess where THAT originated!). Also expecting shortly a small lot of 2017 Colombia Pink Bourbon as well as natural and washed coffees from the Semalo-Pride Mill in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Plus the new crop excellence of Ernesto Vasquez's labors from Santa Elena, Honduras will be arriving next week. Abbondanza!

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Limited Quantity Costa Rica Honey Black Honey Process in...

by badbeard2 31. July 2017 22:47

Very tough to ignore this little gem from top-flight producer F.J.C. (Fernando Castro Jimenez) Volcán Azul...we tried red & yellow honey and washed process as well and liked the Black Honey the best. 80% of the mucilage after pulping stays on the seed for a couple of weeks, with little light....the closest thing to full natural process. Sexy coffee.

Despite the current surfeit (one importer lists about 70 different selections!) of honey process coming out of Costa Rica from the recent harvest, microclimates make for a big difference in taste profiles, and Volcan's is special. They committed to maximal preservation and conservancy to the treasure encompassing the farm, earmarking 1500 acres of tropical rainforest .

In the recent Costa Rica Cup of Excellence competition FJC Volcan Azul took second place. It's a privilege to get this coffee!

 

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Ethiopia naturals are back..

by badbeard2 31. July 2017 12:23

After a "drought" of a couple months with no Ethiopia natural process coffees we're rockin' the lovely, fruity Hafursa Co-op Yirgacheffe Grade 1 Special Prep (see product notes). Times have been hard in the Gedeo Zone this past year especially and this coffee required exceptional efforts all around. Sorters were paid a hefty premium of birr to make this one of the cleanest naturals we've seen in a while. Thanks producers and especially importers Emily and Mike McIntyre of Catalyst Coffee Consulting for your efforts!

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Exceptional Mexico Alfred Klein Finca San Carlos arrival..

by badbeard2 7. July 2017 22:16

Mexico, so near and dear to my heart after a near-decade living there in the '90s, produces a lot of good coffee, most of it exported. Occasionally it's exceptional, like the newly-arrived (7-7-17) washed Finca San Carlos. My buds and savants at importer Royal Coffee have been after me for years to consider some of these south-of-the-border little gems..finally gave in. Abbondanza. Super-rich and dense! The (two-part)story behind it, as told by the owner, Alfred Klein, is fantastic, complex, detailed. Best read of the summer! Part I here and Part II here

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Good reading for East African coffeephiles...

by badbeard2 1. June 2017 17:27

Nice article can be found here regarding changes in the coffee industry in our favorite origin country, Ethiopia. Thanks Cafe Imports for researching and publishing. Current Badbeard's offerings reaping the benefit of said changes are Bedhatu Jibicho's Washed Lot #3 and Natural Process Gedeb as well as Harar Tiret Co-operative. 

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Move updates and upcoming ROASTING SCHEDULE

by badbeard2 13. May 2017 19:34

Many twists and turns in my effort to get up and running at the new facility....my apologies for any delays. The haunting specter of a big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest has infected the engineering mavens of the Portland building departments, and new requirements for freestanding "appliances" like coffee roasters include mechanical fastening to concrete floors....a cumbersome and costly process. involving structural engineering guidelines and strict procedures for anchoring. Sharing this as a precautionary tale to newbie roasters planning on new facilities in earthquake-prone regions.

For the short-term, roasting will be done on Mondays and Wednesdays only and shipping on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appreciate your forbearance!

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Almost there....but must shut down online ordering for a few days!

by badbeard2 8. May 2017 17:55

This has been an arduous transition for me trying to get the new space initiated. I hardly expected it to be trouble-free...but several unforeseeable circumstances beyond my control have forced my hand. The roaster ("Heisenbeard") is going to be moved tomorrow while new gas and HVAC work is completed.  Portland is probably not the only West Coast with great sensitivities on the seismic front but there are very recently-implemented building code mods which impact "small appliances" like 5 kg. coffee roasters. All the ducks will line up in a row eventually this week, inspections and protocols met, and we will be resuming normal operations.

Will post on the blog about restart date but orders placed tonight onward CAN NOT BE PHYSICALLY ROASTED. Think good thoughts for yon Badbeard, your humble coffee servant! If you hear someone screaming AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH outside in Portland it's probably me, and no, it won't be because I'm doing anything pirate-y. Thanks for your understanding!---Justin

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Many tidings and new coffees

by badbeard2 25. April 2017 22:19

Busy busy times for me as we prepare to more the roastery in a few days...trying to make the transition to a new smaller and more intimate space with as little down-time as possible. Target date for install will be Friday April 28, and the new plant address 5829 SE Powell Blvd., Portland 97206. I have had an awesome time these last 4 years sharing a large space in Parkrose Business Center with the indominatable Vic Tuttle of Amici Services, and want to offer a public shout-out to this awesome guy. Beg your forbearance if Murphy's Law sneaks in and there are delays getting running...I will inform here on the Badblog.

But can finally post up about new coffees...all really exceptional. There's the return of last year's Organic Uganda Sipi Falls Project, and better than ever...a really great value for an East African gem approaching the quality of a fine Kenya. We restocked 30 kilos of the noteworthy Yemen Mocca Al-Roowad...all we could get. For Indo-lovers there's a new-to-the-world Java Womens' Cooperative washed arabica from Pangalengen. This co-op of 50 growers in once-moribund West Java is producing extra special coffee and enacting social programs and sustainability reinvestment with the profits from their very first crop offered in the US. Importer and my fave partner Royal Coffee (thanks especially, Mayra Orellana-Powell!) put a huge effort into making this project a reality...where many would back away. Bravo gang.

The new washed version of superwoman Bedhatu Jibicho's single-farm, microlot coffee (from Ethiopia's  Yirgacheffe/Gedeb surroundings), which we still have as her natural process, is in and I will post it as in offering shortly. Fantastico.

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Kenya Peaberry is in!

by badbeard2 24. February 2017 00:43

It seemed like a herculean effort for our LTL shipper to deliver the stash of fabuloso Kenya Peaberry from our esteemed partner-in-bean-crime Matthew Mugo, but I took it in today, Feb. 23. The designation Riamute (for the farm) only tells half the story...it also bears the tag Kathunguri ("rough road!"), which references both the highest elevation and the most difficult section to farm. Beautiful coffee! Cup notes of black currant, dark chocolate and lavender. Recommended for pourover/drip but will also roast darker for espresso if specified in your order. This coffee will also replace Mugo's SL34 AA Kiambu (so sad to see it go!) in the Hotshot Espresso, combined with Brazil Fazenda Rainha Yellow Bourbon pulped natural.

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