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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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Colombia Yellow Bourbon and Natural Decaf arrived 11/27

by badbeard2 27. November 2017 14:21

Always-excellent microlots arrive from partners Traviesa Coffee in Manizales around this time of the year, from recent (Sept. thru Nov.) 2017 harvests with great anticipation. The 100% Yellow Bourbon from Finca La Esmeralda in Pitalito is bright, juicy sweet, citrusy and we love it. The always-popular Natural Decaf from the Manizales decaffing plant is always a winner too, lively and fruity.

More delish Pink Bourbon will be coming on the next Traviesa container at the end of January, 2018 to take the place of our current stash, which is down to a few pounds, but please try the Yellow!

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Beefcake Sumatra Lintong Boru Batak limited quantity offering

by badbeard2 16. November 2017 15:18

Now that spot coffees are getting more available in Portland, trying to take advantage...thanks Buckman Coffee Factory for offering! Beautiful and big-bodied Sumatra Lintong Boru Batak in da house, only 30 kg. of it. Once gone it's gone.

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Accolades for Badbeard!

by badbeard2 12. November 2017 18:18

Fab News! Badbeard’s notched the PEOPLE’S CHOICE award at the  2017 Cascadia Roasters Cup event this past Saturday (held at Buckman Coffee Factory) in Portland, which was open to all. Importer Genuine Origins gave 20 pounds of the same “mystery coffee” participants to roast as they saw fit. 44 roasters altogether submitted their 2.5 lbs. and a  professional cupping jury did their analysis and scoring of five coffees at a time, followed by the presentation to the public (including attending roasters) of drip coffee. I had opted for a light-medium roast to present, finding a nice caramelly sweet spot with citrus notes in the orange family…apparently this resonated with the drinkers, who voted anonymously for their favorite. Unfortunately I had to leave the event in the middle but my bud Lisa from Happyrock Roasting in Gladstone did me a solid and sent me text messages and an award announcement  vid as the field was winnowed down to the finalists.  So happy! And special thanks to Cassy and Joey Gleason of Buckman/Marigold Coffee and everyone involved for running such a smooth show.

Today I ordered a lot of this coffee..a washed Colombia Galeras from the Nariño Department.. to put out there for the public. Check back here and for the arrival date…should be cranking it out the week of Nov.20, and this is a really nice go-with coffee for Thanksgiving!

 

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Organic Sumatra arriving 11-3-17, yum

by badbeard2 2. November 2017 21:52

Timely arrival of this excellent Indonesian as our stash of Java and Bali is exhausted. The Irham Junus family in Takengon, Aceh Province is a seed-to-cup producer which sells all of its coffee to our importer partners Royal in Emeryville, CA. You can watch a short video of this enterprise here. We haven't had the certified organic Takengon IKA in a couple years and missed it! This 2017 crop edition is very chocolatey and would even make a nice PSL, but then I'd have to shoot you....

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Microlot, direct trade Kenyas are in

by badbeard2 3. October 2017 12:07

Thanks to my biz partner Abundancia Coffee we can finally offer...worth the wait...two supreme direct trade Kenyan coffees, AA Grand Reserve and AA Blue Mountain. From family farms and processed like very few coffees in the world. Very high-rated in internationally-juries cupping circles. Very limited quantities!

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Nothing lasts forever...

by badbeard2 23. September 2017 13:02

Well of course, but definitely rockstar Ethiopia natural process Hafursa...way too popular! We'll surely bring this coffee back next year. The Gelana Abaya natural process Yirgacheffe is also a fantastic coffee, quite similar to the Hafursa, so we hope diehards will give it a try.

Also took in reinforcements aplenty of Alfred Klein's Mexico Altura gem, Finca San Carlos, and wish him, his farm, and everyone else in Chiapas and the rest of Mexico the bessssst in recovering from the recent tumult in the Earth. ÌÌ VIVA MEXICO!!

New Kenyas will be in next week...some logistical snafus have kept my grubby little mitts off these coffees for too long! But patience will be rewarded...

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Ethiopia stellar Gelana Abaya washed and natural process

by badbeard2 22. August 2017 09:55

Same coffee, different process, abbondanza! The Semalo/Pride Mill is a groundbreaking project just a couple of years old now, and producing amazing coffee in Yirgacheffe. A unique chance to taste the differences side-by-side in your cup...the natural of course the fruitier and more floral of the two, and the washed evincing classic Yirgacheffe traits of berry, chocolatey bergamot goodness.

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