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Taking a short break...please read ordering criteria!

by badbeard2 19. June 2022 15:40

Folks old and new, please note I am taking a week recess to attend to personal biz back East. Will be roasting and shipping thru Wednesday this week (June 22) and then getting on a redeye to NYC, returning June 30th, and cranking up the roaster July 1. Orders placed after 2 pm on 6/22 will not be roasted/shipped until my return...the blessing and curse of being a sole proprietor!

The supply chain for green coffee continues to be challenging, and you might have seen some substitutions in recent weeks. Where possible I try mightily to keep your selections at worst regionally- or processing-type-specific. Greatly appreciate your faith in my sending only rockin' good stuff!

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Bountiful March, Spring forward into some new coffees!

by badbeard2 18. March 2022 20:13

Colombia Aponte Reservation our newest from that country, replacing the Don Enrique Riserva. Delightful. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe natural also in-house, and next week will see newbies from Bali and West Java. Hang in there folks!

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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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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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