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New arrivals streaming in...

by badbeard2 25. June 2020 23:19

As the PLAGUE wears us all down at times, roasting is a salve for my spirit, and new crop arrivals are fun to share. Ethiopia, our favorite of all origins, is still behind the production and shipping curves by a couple months in general. We just got one of our faves of recent years, a washed process certified Organic Guji from Kayon Mountain Farm, a large-scale operation that direct trades outside of the Ethiopia Coffee Exchange (ECX). Last year we enjoyed their Natural Process, and for 2020 are starting off with their fine washed coffee.

As always with some niche and small-quantity coffees, under the "Special du Jour Boutique" there are some treasures, like Peru El Diamante Don Elvis and Rwanda Ngororero Honey Process. In the "Rare and Exotic" tab next week there will be a Colombia Natural Process Gesha, currently in the skies coming directly from Manizales.

We will continue to source and roast the tastiest, choicest and most affordable specialty coffees and make your caffeine ritual special every day.

 

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Newest tasty inventory additions: Colombia, Rwanda and Ethiopia

by badbeard2 2. June 2020 00:09

2020 harvest coffees have begun arriving, and the newest additions are

Colombia Finca Buenaventura (Anselma, Caldas Dept.)...the producer is a dynamic young woman, Luz Angela Martinez Restrepo, who continues a multi-generational family farm producing first-class coffee. Sweet and fruity.

Rwanda Rulindo Tumba replaces Kivu Kageyo in our washed offerings (we also have a  Rwanda decaf). A delicious, bold-flavored heavy cup of goodness with the unique-to-East Africa flavor of fine Rwandan Bourbon types varietal.

Ethiopia Gedeb (Banko Gotiti) Natural Process comes from the hand of farmer Asfaw Maru,who produces a goodly quantity (9K kg.) of this fruit bomb. Blueberries are in season!

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New decafs in...no jitters!

by badbeard2 22. May 2020 18:18

Adding coffees in peak season for many origins is half the fun of my day. Today bringing two new lovely decafs....Rwanda Nyamesheke Swiss Water Process and Colombia natural decaf (sugarcane "extraction" of the caffeine) from the Cudinamarca region. Enjoy!

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Lots of new stuff and more....Spring has sprung in coffeelandia, Covid-19 be damned!

by badbeard2 24. April 2020 21:54

The production of coffee around the world has been profoundly impacted by the NEW PLAGUE and yet miraculously, containers of fresh harvest have been arriving on North American shores. Our specially-priced Nicaragua Cabo Azul from the 2020 crop is super-fresh and lively and chocolatey. Also in is Sulawesi Toraja Grade 1, and we're celebrating the remarkable turnaround that country has made since the havoc wreaked by the Sept. 28, 2018 earthquake and tsunami with another strong wet-hulled coffee. In the E. Africa representation we have Ethiopia Sidamo Grade 2 from Abdullah Bagersh, a powerhouse in growing and export. Also a new Special du Jour Boutique offering from the Busiga region of Burundi; a women-produced,  triple-washed gem with high tones of citrus and caramelly sweetness.  Yemen Hawari Al-Qafr can be found in the new Rare and Exotic tab.

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I AM STILL ROASTING AND USPS STILL SHIPPING DURING THE PLAGUE....many updates

by badbeard2 11. April 2020 14:26

My beloved customers have been awesome and keeping the ship afloat in all the cray. New coffees, whether listed directly or in the Boutique Special du Jour rubric, are up in the selections. Included here...Indonesia Nusanara Decaf, Boutique Tanzania Vohora Family Carbonic Maceration new crop and awesome), a rare Organic certified Brazil full natural process from the Luisburgo area of Minas Gerais, washed Ethiopia Nano Challa Lot #10 Gera, Agaro). More things coming!

Gone is the Kenya Gura AB but might be back soon...getting spot (in-warehouse) coffees has been interesting if challenging during the crisis but we remain optimistic. Support your warrior USPS and UPS and trucking and logistics people..they're keeping the whole coffee industry running!

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NO coffeepocalypse in this crazy COVID-19 period...THERE IS AND WILL BE JAVA!

by badbeard2 21. March 2020 00:05

I have been receiving inquiries from many people wondering if THERE WILL BE ANY COFFEE in the next 2-3 months. We get that there's incredibly exasperating news every day and it's impossible to process it all, but Badbeard has goods and the supply chain, while in turmoil like apparently everything else from TP to unemployment claims, is soldiering on. I have strong local warehouse inventories available and USPS seems to be undaunted getting your orders to you in a timely fashion. Having some quality caffeine to start your day is a good way to avoid total cray. I wear gloves and a mask, sanitize constantly and as long as I can walk and a seven-nation army isn't barring my door I WILL get to the roastery every day. Sure don't have any foreseeable music gigs to play [sigh, SAD]. This is what I do, and will pay it forward by sending extras when they fit in the box and cheerful personal notes, even if we've never met. Trying super-hard to be as positive as possible and wherever possible supporting local businesses..WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! 

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Ins and Outs (coffees, not burgers)

by badbeard2 20. March 2020 23:57

Say hello to current Peaberry #2 from Tanzania, joining Brazil Jazblu in the tasty-and-cute-as-a-button department. We finally said adios to our last pound (of his 2019 harvest) of wonderful Honduras Catracha Ernesto Vasquez, a coffee farmer whose nanolots we have been offering since the inception of Mayra Orellana-Powell's Catracha Coffee Project in Santa Elena, Honduras.

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Baker's Dozen event from previous post has been indefinitely POSTPONED

by badbeard 13. March 2020 12:37

Par for the cautious course, and a wise decision, Baker's Dozen creator and master-organizer Brian Yaeger is following the guidelines from Gov. Brown and the Oregon Health authority and postponing the March 22 event. This means that there's a lot of great coffee beer ready to be slung...consult the list of brewer/roaster collaborators and check them out!

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Coffee Beers 101 @ Baker's Dozen event, March 22, 2020

by badbeard 10. March 2020 13:38

We'll be participating for the 5th year in the annual Baker's Dozen Coffee Beers/Beers/Donuts event in Portland, Sunday, March 22, from 10 AM-2 PM...White Owl Social Club...1305 SE 8th Ave. Creator and organizer Brian Yaeger pairs 13 different collaborating coffee roasters and breweries and invites all the local donut makers to offer their sugary deliciousnesses. Always fun, and some intriguing results. This year Badbeard's is (again) paired with Pono Brewing and John Lovegrove and we're "going big" with Badbeard's Barleywine: Hot Cross Buns Edition. a 9.1 ABV aged barleywine with grape must, tinctures of vanilla and cinnamon, a fillip of red currant puree, and a hefty assemblage of Rwanda Kivu Kageyo, Kenya Gura AB and Nicaragua Finca Limoncillo honey process Javanica varietal, the coffee ostensibly cold-brewed IN the keg. Fabuloso coffees!

If you're in town and want to do something different, this is the event for you. 21+ only.

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Comings and goings...February update

by badbeard 18. February 2020 17:47

Lots of activity and new coffees despite this being a lull period; many areas of the coffee world are still picking and processing and 2020 crop juiciness is likely still several months away. That said Rwanda is showing beautifully in the Kivu Kageyo washed just in last Friday. Colombia El Obraje is done for the time being and really digging the Colombia Finca San Jose Tabi which just arrived, courtesy  of our esteemed importer buds at Traviesa. Tabi is a cultivar which has been around since 2002 when announced by CENICAFE but not too often seen commercially. Finca San Jose is Gilberto Osorio's awesome high- quality Risaralda farm and we've had several different coffees from there over the years.

In the Boutique category there's still the eye-(and nose-)popping Costa Rica Brix Calibrated Chacon Family natural process...that's quite a mouthful, we know, but as complex a coffee as we've ever tried from Costa Rica. Love it, and it's a tiny lot. By the end of the week should also be trotting out an organic Timor-Leste. Good times here! 

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