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Nice review on Coffee Review, but the coffee has sold out!

by badbeard 20. December 2011 23:01

Always nice to get kudos from well-respected and impartial sources, especially industry-standard Coffee Review.  Assessment of the NOW SOLD OUT (boo-hoo, more next year!) Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Biloya Co-op here.

The entire December article on single-variety is very interesting. I lift this part, respectfully and self-servingly...


Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties

Aside from the Geisha, the world’s most distinctive coffees come from southern Ethiopia, where production is dominated by varieties only grown locally and with ancient roots in Ethiopia, the botanical home of Arabica. We debated whether to accept coffees from the Yirgacheffe and closely adjoining growing districts as “single variety” coffees. Strictly speaking, they probably are not; they probably are blends of very closely related local varieties. But given the way these coffees separate themselves in terms of cup profile from other coffees of the world based almost entirely on varietal character, we decided to include them. The Bad Beard Microroastery Organic Ethiopia Yirgacheffe (91) was the most characteristic because its wet processing revealed the startlingly clear spicy rose and lemon-lime aromatics and the light, silky mouthfeel associated with coffee from this region and its ancient varieties. As with the Geisha, many coffee drinkers will contend this coffee doesn’t taste like coffee. In fact, it suggests a floral black tea, though a very fine floral black tea and one that, well, also tastes like a fine coffee.


Thanks guys!  To all of you who enjoyed this coffee...well, we were lucky for a spell.  More goodies comin'....

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Couple of Badbeard sightings in Roast magazine current issue

by badbeard 25. April 2009 08:36

A nice reprint in the May/June issue of wonderful trade mag Roast of the rating assessment of This is MY (house)! coffee which appeared in the February Coffee Review ( alongside two others.  Also an interesting synopsis of coffee advertisiments thru the ages with a screen cap of one of the revolving Badbeard logos...."peacocks prefer it....", in the ahoy mateys page (p. 26). Thanks Connie Blumhardt, shanna Germain and gang

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Naturally Nirvana blend rated in December Coffee Review online

by badbeard 3. December 2008 09:17

The hedonist in me pointedly differs with the assessment appearing in the December online Coffee Review ( of exotic offerings.  The aroma of this blend of Mexico Terruño Nayarita natural and India Anokhi liberica is defiantly unique, IMHO, and an exceedingly rich and balanced cup of coffee with great mouthfeel.  I have prepared straight espresso shots of this blend and it has serious legs!  Arguably the best way to experience the Anokhi (in a blended format), although I absolutely love it straight up, as do several of my customers who find it to be one of the world's great java experiences.  The Anokhi aromatics appear as well in the Deep Cello espresso.  Try it yourself!

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Coffee Review recognition

by badbeard 8. October 2008 18:23
First submittal to Coffee Review (, industry demi-god Kenneth Davids's tasting forum website, seems to have raised eyebrows to one of our excellent and very affordable Indian javas, Thogarihunkal Estate.  The review gave it 88 points and notes all of the salient cupping characteristics which sold us on the coffee years ago.  Our feeling has always been that Indian specialty coffees are vastly underrated and often overlooked...this despite the fact that some estates have been around since the mid-1800s!  Most serious roasters have Indian coffee offerings and we hope that more join us!

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