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Almost there....but must shut down online ordering for a few days!

by badbeard2 8. May 2017 17:55

This has been an arduous transition for me trying to get the new space initiated. I hardly expected it to be trouble-free...but several unforeseeable circumstances beyond my control have forced my hand. The roaster ("Heisenbeard") is going to be moved tomorrow while new gas and HVAC work is completed.  Portland is probably not the only West Coast with great sensitivities on the seismic front but there are very recently-implemented building code mods which impact "small appliances" like 5 kg. coffee roasters. All the ducks will line up in a row eventually this week, inspections and protocols met, and we will be resuming normal operations.

Will post on the blog about restart date but orders placed tonight onward CAN NOT BE PHYSICALLY ROASTED. Think good thoughts for yon Badbeard, your humble coffee servant! If you hear someone screaming AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHH outside in Portland it's probably me, and no, it won't be because I'm doing anything pirate-y. Thanks for your understanding!---Justin

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Kenya Peaberry is in!

by badbeard2 24. February 2017 00:43

It seemed like a herculean effort for our LTL shipper to deliver the stash of fabuloso Kenya Peaberry from our esteemed partner-in-bean-crime Matthew Mugo, but I took it in today, Feb. 23. The designation Riamute (for the farm) only tells half the story...it also bears the tag Kathunguri ("rough road!"), which references both the highest elevation and the most difficult section to farm. Beautiful coffee! Cup notes of black currant, dark chocolate and lavender. Recommended for pourover/drip but will also roast darker for espresso if specified in your order. This coffee will also replace Mugo's SL34 AA Kiambu (so sad to see it go!) in the Hotshot Espresso, combined with Brazil Fazenda Rainha Yellow Bourbon pulped natural.

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The face of Ethiopia

by badbeard2 26. January 2017 17:38

Behold the fierce, legendary Ethiopian coffee warrior Bedhatu Jibicho, master of the farm. A member of the Banko Gutiti cooperative close to her terroir, she has been growing great coffee on a 23-hectare plot since the 1960s. Her naturals and washed are legendary, and we luckily snagged some, arriving early next week. Blueberries a featured profile note. We ran out of our favored Chelbesa natural this week and always have to have the BEST in-house!@

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New microlot Colombia Finca La Paz, women producers

by badbeard2 11. January 2017 11:40

Colombia is becoming my favorite origin country for exceptional smallholder coffee lots. We just took in Finca La Paz, a microlot production of a de facto women-only farm. Superb. Nice body and aromatics in the light-medium roast. Bravissima senoras!!

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2016, sorry to see you go?! Book soon!

by badbeard2 23. December 2016 22:02

Another banner year at Badbeard's, loads of great new customers and coffees.  Last day to order coffees for 2016 will be Monday, Dec. 26, before 1 PM if you can! After that we'll resume 1/1/2017...starting the new year right! Enjoy your families and friends!

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Badbeard's special coffee/beer collab debuting at 2016 Portland Winter Ale Festival

by badbeard2 30. November 2016 17:04

Most beer lovers have come across the occasional bottle with coffee as a prominent "flavorer", usually in heavy Stouts or Porters. My friends at powerhouse Worthy Brewing in Bend decided to go in a new direction for their debut "French Press Dark Saison" offering for the 11/30-12/4 Holiday Ale Festival, the annual open-to-the-public event at Pioneer Courthouse Square showcasing at least 50 special seasonal beers. Badbeard's contribution to this project is a cold-brewed elixir of two awesome Ethiopian coffees from the Yirgacheffe area..Washed YirgZ and Natural Process Dumerso Grade 1, both available on the website. Heading over to Pioneer Plaza tonight to try it for the first time! Thanks to brewmaster Dustin Kellner and gang for taking the plunge!

You can also purchase on tap Badbeard's Coffee Milk Stout, produced by Jason Webb at PDX's Unicorn Brewing, at the Unicron/Portland U-Brew taproom in Sellwood and at Markets of Choice in Bend and Beaverton. This is an altogether different coffee stout, made with the fabulous single farm Honduras "Ernesto Vasquez", one of our favorite coffees ever.

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New on the radar...nanolot Colombia and Yemen

by badbeard2 18. November 2016 10:56

What's a nanolot? No, nothing to do with your Apple microdevices, merely exceedingly small, select lots of coffee from either limited varietals or special production values. Colombia Pink Bourbon falls into the former category...a naturally-occurring mutation of Yellow and Red Bourbon grown on only a few farms in Colombia's highlands. Thought to be very resistant to the dreaded Roya fungus which gutted so much coffee production, the Pink refers to the color of the ripe cherry only. Large screen size and constitution like Kenya AA, and not altogether different on the cupping table...bright, jammy, floral, and chocolately. Only 152 lbs...one full sack...even came into the country from this part of Pitalito, Huila Department.

Our Yemen Mocca Hayma Al-Roowad is also highly limited...so many troubles in that country it's a small miracle they're even producing and exporting anything, much less coffee of this quality. An exceptional Yemen...some of the most complex beans on the planet! As always, handpicked and dried on the rooftops of the growers' homes! Dense and rich as all get-out.

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New arrivals...fab Sumatra, Ethiopia natural process Chelbessa, Java Taman Dadar

by badbeard2 24. June 2016 15:51

Excited to greet awesome newbie Sumatra Mangkuraja Estate (from South Sumatra...a first for us), boisterous tones of vanilla, licorice, cocoa and molasses. Ethio Chelbessa natural better than ever, fruit-bomb. Organic Java Taman Dadar one of our longest-running Indonesian coffees, consistently excellent. Special microlot of Kenya AA (SL34) arriving Monday...keep posted!

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Honduras Santa Elena Catracha Ernesto Vasquez update

by badbeard2 4. May 2016 19:31

We are out of stock of the Ernesto Vasquez's fabled coffee, our Central american fave, source of all the goodness in the Badbeard's Milk Stout making the rounds on the Portland tap scene. Word today from Royal Coffee that arrival for the fantastic (cupped a pre-ship sample...super chocolatey!) microlot 2016 will be mid-July. We got the whole 14 bags of it! Can't wait here....

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Badbeard's Coffee Milk Stout on tap locally!

by badbeard2 9. April 2016 11:05

Market of Choice in Beaverton has a neat tap bar with beer and wine pours and growler-filling. Our Coffee Milk Stout, produced with Unicorn Brewing's Jason Webb and formulator John Lovegrove, is in the beer rotation as of this week. Filled some growlers yesterday, go get some! ABV 6.7, 19 IBU. Unicorn's fermenter brewing batch #2, we'll be adding the new crop Ernesto Vasquez Santa Elena microlot in a couple of weeks and for the foreseeable future...a formidable coffee and excellent companion to an awesome beer. As pictured here, ask for tap #7

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