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Bountiful March, Spring forward into some new coffees!

by badbeard2 18. March 2022 20:13

Colombia Aponte Reservation our newest from that country, replacing the Don Enrique Riserva. Delightful. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe natural also in-house, and next week will see newbies from Bali and West Java. Hang in there folks!

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Mexico Jewels of Chiapas now in and some history...

by badbeard2 15. January 2022 12:39

'Tis the season for Mexican coffees, so delighted to introduce another fine Chiapas offering we're calling "Joyas" ("jewels"), as it defies the "light-bodied" attribution tagged to many coffees from our Southern neighbor. The community of farmers in the Amatenango de la Frontera have enjoyed an economic and marketing boost by pairing with Grupo Enjambre Cafetalero and Impacto Transformador
Community spirit hit me the first time I visited Chiapas and spent some time in San Cristobal de las Casas, which is quite a long and rugged ride away from Amatenango, which is right at the border of Guatemala and shares a lot of history and geography with the neighboring country. Many will remember the rebel uprising on Jan. 1, 1994, led by "Subcomandante Marcos", who smoked a pipe and appeared publically masked. At the time I was playing in the Mexico State Symphony
in Toluca, and our state governor sent the orchestra to play some concerts to help smooth the incredibly tense standoff between the rebels and the government. While this preceded my coffee roasting life by 6 years, there were sad reports coming out of the principal coffee growing regions...in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz...of farmers feeling great financial betrayal (no pricing support at a time when the world commodity pricing index had bottomed out and it was a money-losing proposition to grow and process coffee) and even burning their crops (some 8 million pounds if I recall correctly) since they were getting a negative return. I do recall having some transcendentally amazing food, especially the savory tamales with hoja santa, and some great local coffee. Eventually this would lead to a short stay at a hotel in the middle of a coffee plantation in Coatepec, Veracruz and even greater fascination. I was guided by a couple who hailed from Veracruz and its vibrant coffee and cafe culture...they roasted across the street from our concert hall and even roasted 5 kilos of green I had bought on my excursion. I had met one of the individual farmers while I wandered the finca and he took me to his humble hut where his coffee was drying on a tarp and assured me it was the best. What did I know?? It was actually quite good after Edith Martinez roasted it on her Diedrich, though she wasn't a fan and preferred her sources.
So yes, Chiapas....visit if you can, truly stunning country and the nicest people!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL and updates, so DONE with ranting!

by badbeard2 5. January 2022 11:08

Thank you all of you for the love in 2021! It's a long, sometimes lonely but never dull slog here for way too long but the amazing notes I get from you keep me going. The winter and pandemic will continue to present challenges for all of us but we'll get through it! Coffee rituals make my day, every day, and I know I'm not alone.

Trying to keep up with the dwindling Spot (readily available to be shipped to me) market is, er, interesting. New coffees are coming in and while Boutique du Jour offerings are going to be sparse for a while, I'm looking for sweet additions to the inventory and will, blog-permitting, try to keep up. Occasionally you might get something in your package other than you ordered...stuff has been flying out of here and often too quickly to be replaced. I endeavor to keep it tasty no matter the origin!

Keep the faith!

love you all...badbeard

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Supply Chain! Supply Chain! Long rant--

by badbeard2 13. November 2021 12:37

Hard to avoid hearing in the news about supply chain woes besetting just about every aspect of manufacturing world-wide. The coffee sector is no exception, and while we've been rolling with the gut punches since the pandemic woes struck, things have gotten worse. The principal driver of the market cray was Brazil's frost announcement many months ago, which roiled the commodity markets as the prospect of a future shortfall minimally a billion pounds of coffee...no way for the rest of the producing world to make up for it...

Much "panic" buying has ensued, especially among large coffee roasters who depend on future supply of green, without which they can't run, or plan. "Spot" coffee is in the biz what's sitting in a warehouse and available (at higher prices of course, these days), so things that would be available in my market for weeks or months sometimes disappear overnight, and even before being unloaded at said warehouses. As small an operation at I/Badbeard's am/is, it has been a rollercoaster, and hence why often the coffees you're receiving from me are not the ones you selected. I try to keep enough same-country offerings around as is humanly possible but it's a stretch, and also [mea culpa] why I have been lax updated the website.

Bear with me please! This is what I do, with great passion and integrity, and I try to please as many old customers and newbies alike with the world's finest java.

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New dazzling Colombia natural process

by badbeard2 29. September 2021 21:55

The iconic Juan Valdez would tip his sombrero to the new natural process produced by Caldas Department wizard Juan Felipe Aristizabal. He purchases ripe cherry from local smallholder farmers and introduces them to an anaerobic (sealed container) maceration/ fermentation for 24 hours before moving them to dry on raised beds. In the ultimate "embarrassment of riches" Aristizabal also produces a 48-hour fermentation natural but we preferred the fruit-bomb nature of the 24-hour coffee. Any natural process coffee producer in Ethiopia would be proud of this! Light roast only.

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New offerings....Honduras Los Cedros natural process and special espresso Gary's Rx

by badbeard2 6. August 2021 17:44

LIFT- and Utz-certified farm Honduras Finca Los Cedros has produced a beautiful, fruity natural (dry) process which gives many African naturals a run for their money. Love this stuff!

My assistant roaster Gary has been a serious coffeehead since I've known him, and his diligence trying out new Badbeard formulations has earned him his own espresso! The current iteration of "Gary's Rx" includes washed and natural process Ethiopia and washed Mexico Chiapas highlands. Very crema-rich and decadent. 

 

 

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More Colombia Pink Bourbon en route...

by badbeard2 29. July 2021 11:00

The omission on the inventory list of our highly-rated Colombia Pink Bourbon, with proceeds benefitting local breast cancer org Pink Lemonade Project, is just temporary. Grateful to the many of you who have bought this coffee! We started in the middle of December, 2020, and have netted over $1100 for Pink Lemonade Project. 

Next week adding natural process Uganda Rwenzori to the lineup...makes a delightful tasting pair with the  current washed process version from the Kisinga washing station. Stay tuned!

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More luxuriant Nicaragua...microlots keep coming!

by badbeard2 12. July 2021 17:58

Finca La Bastilla in Jinotega, Nicaragua is doing some very special things on their Rainforest alliance-certified farms. Blueberry Candy has been a hit here and yon..and only a small quantity was made available (it was sold out 2 months before even landing in the 'States). This new microlot Honey Process (partial pulping before raised bed-drying) comprises the same varietals as the Blueberry Candy, which is a full natural process, but is more like drinking a strawberry ice cream cone.

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Summer arrivals aplenty

by badbeard2 5. July 2021 23:10

While the pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the world coffee industry and markets, things are brightening up of late. We welcome a new Kenya (Mandela AB washed, and in drip AND single origin espresso-y roast profiles)and Uganda (Rwenzori Kisinga Station washed)into the fold, and will be posting entries as they arrive in the next couple of weeks.

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Just in time for summer.. Nicaragua.Blueberry Candy natural process

by badbeard2 11. June 2021 16:30

Sounds sweet and it is indeed, with blueberry and other mouth-watering fruitiness and chocolate. Ecofriendly (Rainforest alliance certified) Finca La Castilla in Jinotega, Nicaragua has a host of interesting estate coffees...stay tuned for more of them! This was a limited-scale offering and only 200 lbs available...

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