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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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Lots of new stuff!

by badbeard2 24. May 2021 21:23

From exotic, tantalizing Colombia La Reina natural process Geisha to several East African gems the spring lineup continues to grow in scope. Rwanda, one of our favorite origin countries, is represented by the Hingakawa Womens' Cooperative, Kanyege Honey Process, Mahembe Murando Triple-washed (special du jour boutique), and Rusizi Nyakarenzo. Burundi Migoti Hill is an awesome single origin espresso offering and also can be had in a light-medium roast. In the boutique du jour tab also, for the fourth year in a row, the tantalizing Mexico Finca San Carlos "Jade Centennial" from the Chiapas region, near the Guatemala border.

 

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New category! Single origin espresso!

by badbeard2 11. April 2021 18:18

Aligning ourselves with the enthusiastic owners of home espresso equipment who have asked for alternatives to blended offerings, we're selected a couple rockstar coffees to begin in the Single Origin (SO) Espresso category. Roasts will be on the medium-darker side, which suits best for consistency, density, crema, and chocolatey goodness. Small lot production will be common in the offerings, which we're kicking off with Sulawesi and Rwanda.

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Mid-season ins and out...signs of spring!

by badbeard2 16. March 2021 16:07

This sorta-Spring period is not the busiest for landing new coffees, and the industry is still feeling deep pain from pandemic-related issues, mostly in the shipping sector. The market for spot (warehouse-available) coffees is always a bit thin around now, and I've been picking some delightful javas in the "nooks and crannies", including old faves. As small quantities and one-off, these will be available in the Special du Jour Deluxe and Special du Jour Boutique tabs, and you can specify or let me do the selecting for you.

Sparkly Colombia Finca San Jose Yellow Caturra honey process (featured a couple years ago, and an interesting processing twist from our current Finca San Jose washed Caturra)

Burundi Ngozi Bavyeyi natural process...a really wild and complex fruity pourover....

Rwanda Rusizi Nyakarenzo...a washed process gem from our partners at Coffee Shrub, who RULE in many origins....

Ecuador Finca Cruz Loma macerated honey process....1st coffee ever from that country (my bad...mil disculpas amigos e amigas de Cuenca y Guayaquil), and an amazingly complex cup.

More alerts as they arrive....

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