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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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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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Old friends returning

by badbeard2 12. August 2017 11:21

We welcomed back two past-year stars this week...Honduras Ernesto Vasquez's stellar 2017 washed Santa Elena Catracha Project offering and the Colombia Finca Los Cedros Pink Bourbon. Two of the most interesting coffees of the year!

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Limited Quantity Costa Rica Honey Black Honey Process in...

by badbeard2 31. July 2017 22:47

Very tough to ignore this little gem from top-flight producer F.J.C. (Fernando Castro Jimenez) Volcán Azul...we tried red & yellow honey and washed process as well and liked the Black Honey the best. 80% of the mucilage after pulping stays on the seed for a couple of weeks, with little light....the closest thing to full natural process. Sexy coffee.

Despite the current surfeit (one importer lists about 70 different selections!) of honey process coming out of Costa Rica from the recent harvest, microclimates make for a big difference in taste profiles, and Volcan's is special. They committed to maximal preservation and conservancy to the treasure encompassing the farm, earmarking 1500 acres of tropical rainforest .

In the recent Costa Rica Cup of Excellence competition FJC Volcan Azul took second place. It's a privilege to get this coffee!

 

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Ethiopia naturals are back..

by badbeard2 31. July 2017 12:23

After a "drought" of a couple months with no Ethiopia natural process coffees we're rockin' the lovely, fruity Hafursa Co-op Yirgacheffe Grade 1 Special Prep (see product notes). Times have been hard in the Gedeo Zone this past year especially and this coffee required exceptional efforts all around. Sorters were paid a hefty premium of birr to make this one of the cleanest naturals we've seen in a while. Thanks producers and especially importers Emily and Mike McIntyre of Catalyst Coffee Consulting for your efforts!

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Exceptional Mexico Alfred Klein Finca San Carlos arrival..

by badbeard2 7. July 2017 22:16

Mexico, so near and dear to my heart after a near-decade living there in the '90s, produces a lot of good coffee, most of it exported. Occasionally it's exceptional, like the newly-arrived (7-7-17) washed Finca San Carlos. My buds and savants at importer Royal Coffee have been after me for years to consider some of these south-of-the-border little gems..finally gave in. Abbondanza. Super-rich and dense! The (two-part)story behind it, as told by the owner, Alfred Klein, is fantastic, complex, detailed. Best read of the summer! Part I here and Part II here

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Good reading for East African coffeephiles...

by badbeard2 1. June 2017 17:27

Nice article can be found here regarding changes in the coffee industry in our favorite origin country, Ethiopia. Thanks Cafe Imports for researching and publishing. Current Badbeard's offerings reaping the benefit of said changes are Bedhatu Jibicho's Washed Lot #3 and Natural Process Gedeb as well as Harar Tiret Co-operative. 

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Move updates and upcoming ROASTING SCHEDULE

by badbeard2 13. May 2017 19:34

Many twists and turns in my effort to get up and running at the new facility....my apologies for any delays. The haunting specter of a big earthquake in the Pacific Northwest has infected the engineering mavens of the Portland building departments, and new requirements for freestanding "appliances" like coffee roasters include mechanical fastening to concrete floors....a cumbersome and costly process. involving structural engineering guidelines and strict procedures for anchoring. Sharing this as a precautionary tale to newbie roasters planning on new facilities in earthquake-prone regions.

For the short-term, roasting will be done on Mondays and Wednesdays only and shipping on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Appreciate your forbearance!

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