Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Espresso: Skyscraper

New espresso On Tap and available Whole Bean today is Skyscraper espresso!

This espresso is a three bean blend with the heart of it being a wonderful Bourbon offering from La Montanita in El Salvador. A sweet Guatemala from Finca Cabrejo and a wonderful northern Sumatra from the Gayo mountains finishes this blend. All coffees are roasted separately and post-blended to maximize complexity.

In the cup it's grape, berry, and just a touch of peach aromatics immediately climb into your senses. They all follow into the cup with a light caramelized sugar sweetness.

Monday, January 30, 2012

El Salvador Finca La Montanita - Bourbon

Fresh out of the roaster, and on the siphon - El Salvador Finca La Montanita - Bourbon.

La Montanita is a small farm located in the Alotepec Mountains. It has been passed down through the Aguilar family. Their detailed, hands=on approach has produced an amazing coffee that has placed in the top 3 in the Cup of Excellence multiple times.

In the cup it's plum, grape, and winey berry notes with a dark, caramelized sugar sweetness. That's a Bourbon! Simply outstanding.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Costa Rica - Finca Bella Vista

Fresh out of the roaster, and Whole Bean Available at caffe d'bolla: Costa Rica - Finca Bella vista.

Finca Bella Vista is a Cup of Excellence award winning farm in the area of Leon Cortez de Tarrazu. Bella Vista sits at 1800 meters, the peak of a larger farm La Loma that resides on a mountain. The farm is owned by the Bonilla-Solis family, as is the Don Mayo mill that is run by Hector and Pablo Bonilla. The Bonillas own their own cherry production, and manage quality from tree through processing. This is an exceptional farm.

In the cup it's sweet and bright citrus notes with red apple and a date and fig sweetness. Jasmine and bergamot as it cools.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Espresso: Kumadori

Looks like Mr. Frosty #3 espresso is running low, and we're about to start using Kumadori espresso!

Kumadori espresso.

This is a distinctively expressive espresso. Sumatra Gayo Mandheling roasted to two separate profiles,both are post-blended with a Dos Payasos Colombia Tolima, and a specatacular offering from Garrido Estate in Panama.

In the cup it's black plum and bergamot, with almond, cocoa, and cinnamon highlights. A dark muscavado sugar sweetness pulls everything together. A must-have espresso.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Espresso: Just Like Paradise

Fresh out of the roaster, and available Whole Bean right now at caffe d'bolla, is Just Like Paradise espresso!

This espresso was roasted exclusively for our home users. It is a two bean blend with the base flavors coming from a Sumatra Gayo Mandheling and all adventurous aromatics and tasty nuances from Finca La Folie, an award winning farm in Guatemala.

In the cup it's sweet floral and berry aromatics that descend into the cup with prominent plum and blackberry flavors. Tangy plum-raisin finish.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rwanda Kibuye Gitesi

On the Siphon right now we have Rwanda Kibuye Gitesi.

Gitesi is located in a beautiful area in Rwanda at 1740 meters. It was started in 2005 and continues to grow in size each year. Currently, 1,830 farmers contribute their coffee cherries to Gitesi. They are paid an additional dividend based on their performance for the season. This fosters a great relationship which produces better coffee and better wages.

In the cup it's Mandarin orange, apricot, and hints of floral with a pure clean sweetness. As it cools, a honey clover essence emerges with lingering floral and sweet citrus notes. Amazing!

Monday, January 16, 2012

El Salvador Finca Matalapa - Naranjo

On the Siphon and also available Whole Bean today we have El Salvador Finca Matalapa - Naranjo!

Finca Matalapa is a 4th generation family farm founded in the late 1800s by Fidelia Lima. The farm covers 14 acres of beautifully managed coffee shrubs with nearly 40 varieties of trees providing shade. Everything on the farm is a result of their passion, and it shines through in the cup.

In the cup it's almond and hazelnut with orange peel and praline sweetness with hints of plum and sweet lemongrass. Matalapa delivers again! Spectacular!

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Espresso - Two-Sided Triangle

The espresso On Tap and also Available Whole Bean right now at caffe d'bolla is Two-Sided Triangle!

This two-bean espresso mysteriously delivers more flavor than three beans. First up is a remarkable coffee from the Naranjo Tablon inside the famed family-owned Finca Matalapa in El Salvador. It has been paired with an Ethiopian Harrar Longberry. Both coffees were roasted separately to different profiles, and then post-blended to create more complexity in the cup.

In the cup it's plum, hazelnut and almond with honey-molasses sweetness, dried mango highlights and a bright stone-fruit finish.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo

Just roasted: Guatemala Antigua Finca Cabrejo.

This small farm is still in the process of undergoing renovation. You will find it as you descend into the picturesque town of Antigua on the road from Guatemala City, the entrance to the home of Agustin Fashen, and the gateway to the lower part of Finca Cabrejo is marked by a small sign on an old brick wall which reads "Cabrejo." The farm spans a wide range, from 1,585 0 1,920 meters, and the trees seem to be in various stages of care, various types, various ages. The coffee is remarkable and we look forward to the future crops the renovations bring....

In the cup it has a pleasant caramelized sugar sweetness, with praline, apple, and hints of berry.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Espresso - Eight-Handed Tiger

Currently On Tap, and also available Whole Bean at caffe d'bolla: Eight-Handed Tiger espresso!

This espresso leaps from the cup and pounces on your tastebuds with beauty, ferocity and precision. An amazing Guatemala from Finca La Folie in Huehuetenango anchors this blend, and incorporates the sensational flavors and aromatics from an Ethiopia Harrar Longberry, and a regional, hand-picked offering from Sumatra Gayo Mandheling.

In the cup it's blood orange, caramelized sugar, and tamarind with floral aromatics and a black cherry finish. Wowza-riffic!