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New Kenya estate coffees in-house

by badbeard 23. April 2013 11:14

Happy to have very nice Peaberry Kenyas from Oaklands and Ruera Estates in stock! These are vivid cups in all respects, and belie the gloom and doom of the lowered quality and price indices coming out of the recent Nairobi Coffee Auction reports. Reposting the Bloomberg entry for today, which is really for commodity trader-types. Coffee lovers will be very pleased with these new offerings.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-23/kenyan-coffee-declines-for-a-fourth-week-on-weakening-demand.html

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"Coffee Rust" and its impacts, continuing bad news...

by badbeard 23. April 2013 11:10

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Coffee growing in the Rust Belt"

by badbeard 16. April 2013 14:01

All you biologists-in-the-closet have doubtless heard something in the press about the devastating fungal outbreak of "Coffee Rust" being experienced by particularly hard-hit Central America and Mexico. States of Emergency in the coffee sector have been announced in Guatemala and other affected countries. The is a very interesting and thoughtful article here which merits reading for the curious and concerned.  The pic is what it looks like.  Our coffees were all produced and harvested prior to this outbreak and we have our collective roasting fingers crossed that the blight is successfully dealt with in the next year.

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Mid-April arrivals, Kenyas finally and a surprise addition

by badbeard 12. April 2013 20:27

Bang-bang! is the only way to describe the trade of Kenya auction coffees some years, both in Nairobi and here in the 'states Most of what arrived and cleared customs yesterday, April 11, was cupped today and sold immediately, so we were able to procure a couple interesting & super-yum Riuru-district Peaberry offerings, Oaklands and Reura. Will be arriving next week at the roastery for immediate disbursement! Also a fantastic Ruvuma AA from Tanzania which rivals the Kenyas in cup profile. Also more inventory of the exceptionally good Honduran lot we recently took in from the Beneficio (mill) Santa Rosa. Honduras will be appearing on the upcoming Market of Choice 'Savories' special in all 8 Oregon locations.

Honduras Santa Rosa in and delish

by badbeard 23. March 2013 15:54

This sweet, caramelly coffee from Honduras's Beneficio Santa Rosa is a great find...Honduras has been off my radar for too long, apparently! The two distinct lots I took in are ever-so-slightly different..#115 has a little more Nutella and cacao in the palate. Might even put through the espresso machine this coming week, as it is lower in acidity than most of my Centrals.

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Espresso lovers, Brazil Daterra organic Sweet Blue returning!

by badbeard 10. February 2013 10:43

Arguably Brazil's Daterra Farms runs the world's most thorough, soup-to-nuts turnkey coffee operation, from seed to cup. Their Penta system assures quality control in every stage of development and the results are stunning, organically produced and Rainforest Alliance®-certified coffees. Sweet Blue is produced from exclusively Mundo Novo cultivar, which for single origin espresso offers a near-perfect balance of mouthfeel, acidity, chocolatey sweetness. We are bringing back a small quantity of this year's harvest which will arrive at the roastery mid-week (Feb. 13th). With permission of Sweet Maria's you can read a lot about this estate and see archival photos taken by Thompson Owen in his exhaustive trek of their operation from several years ago.

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Shout out to BB's customer Pastrygirl

by badbeard 9. February 2013 11:07

Laura Widener's a fantastic human being of course as well as an extraordinary dessert-artiste, and it's no surprise that she rose uppah in the absurdist local (Gresham, OR) drama of a queer couple being turned down for their wedding cake by a hypocritical "Christian values" bakery. That such discussions and controversies ever exist is appalling. Is it worth boycotting an establishment for exercising its Constitutional right to be obtuse and stupid? Heck yeah.

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Archipelagos Anonymous special dark roast espresso

by badbeard 5. February 2013 13:23

Silly name, deep and unctuous espresso shots. These two certified organic coffees together...Flores Bajawa Ngura and Java Taman Dadar...have enough body and flavor to warrant the treatment of a long, slow Italian-level roast.  I pulled a fabulous rich shot at 199.5 degrees off a heavy tamp of 18.5 grams for 24 seconds.  Anisette and brown sugar were top notes and a sweet chocolatey finish on the ring of crema left in the cup.  

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Organic Flores Ngura Bajawa in the house, Special Dark Roasts category and mahogany bliss, Tony's Club

by badbeard 4. February 2013 20:57

Tthe rich certified organic Flores Ngura Bajawa from the vast Indonesia archipelago is back as of this week, showing beautifully in medium and darker roast profiles. This is a washed process coffee, so don't expect any Sumatran wet-hulled funkorama here...it's sweet and full-bodied. To highlight its versatility we have created a dark-roast version and paired it with another mahogany-roast, the Organic Java Taman Dadar. They are honorary members of "Tony's Club", where full-bodied coffees have lifetime membership.

Coffee Leaves Brew Better Tea

by Lil Buddy 13. January 2013 10:25

Now you will never have to decide between coffee or tea...new research has shown tea brewed from Coffea plants have the highest levels of anti-oxidants of any leaf used to brew tea...higher than green tea and all other teas in fact. Antioxidants combat inflammation and fight free radicals in the body.

Tea brewed from coffee leaves has more health benefits than roasted coffee beans themselves, but less caffeine, researchers at the Royal Botanic Gardens in London, UK found. Coffee leaf-based tea, which was first marketed in the 19th century, may never have caught on because of it's mild caffeine levels, but it has been popular among East African coffee-growing communities in Ethiopia and Sudan for centuries.

Along with high antioxidant levels, leaves from Arabica coffee plants are rich in mangiferin, another potent antioxidant originally found in mangoes. Tests of 23 species of coffee plant found varying levels of mangiferin, which has been shown to lower the risk of diabetes, blood cholesterol. 

The study, published in the Annals of Botany, also noted that antioxidants have role in protecting neurons and may reduce the risk of Parkinson's and dementia.

Tea brewed from coffee leaves is said to be somewhat bitter but not unpleasant, and could be blended with other tea leaves to provide a tasty, healthful followup to morning coffee. The additional revenue from harvesting coffee leaves along with berries could help fair-trade farmers and encourage sustainable harvest practices.

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