Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ethiopia Pulp Natural Process Limu

Fresh out of the roaster, and available Whole Bean at caffe d'bolla right now... Ethiopia Pulp Natural Process Limu.

This is a pulp natural process Limu area coffee from the mysteriously-named Helen gebrenigus exporter. This coffee is from a private farm that was then sold through the ECX, so we don't know the exact farm, but we do know it is shade grown, and the cup quality is outstanding.

In the cup it's peach, mango, apricot, with elements of coriander and lemon grass, and a touch of honey sweetness. An amazing find!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Guatemala Acatenango - Finca La Soledad

Fresh out of the roaster: Guatemala Acatenango - Finca La Soledad.

Finca La Soledad has been in the Perez family since 1985. It is named in honor of a Perez grandmother, Soledad. The family has built the highest caliber ecologically sound mill, and father and son work the farm, including roasting and cupping to maximize cup quality. A step beyond first class for a coffee farm.

In the cup it's apricot with sweet almond and hazelnut notes, with hints of raisin and warm aromatic spices.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Ethiopia Illubabor - Camp Cooperative

Whole Bean Available, and On the Siphon right now: Ethiopia Illubabor - Camp Cooperative.

Camp is in the Illubabor district of western Ethiopia. Camp is part of a new initiative our buyer has to work direct at the coop level. The organization coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops, and also has a business adviser that helps each manage their debt, re=invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members.

In the cup it's peach, almond, and floral notes with hints of cocoa and lemon and a mild cane-sugar sweetness. Another fantastic Ethiopian offering. Winner!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Guatemala Antigua Hacienda Carmona Pulcal

First batch is On Shelf, but almost SOLD OUT! This one is Guatemala Antigua Hacienda carmona Pulcal. Come grab a bag today!

Hacienda Carmona is a third generation farm located in Antigua at 5200-6100 feet altitude. They call the single-farm coffee from Carmona "Cafe Pulcal" which is also the name of their mill. The farm dates to early colonial times, but coffee was planted in the 1800s when the farm was acquired by the Zelaya family, and first exported in 1918. Carmona has been run by Maria Zelaya Aguirre since 1959.

In the cup it's blackberry with a raisin and grape sweetness. Smooth bittersweet cocoa highlights as it cools.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

India Poabs - Organic Seethargundu Estate

When the Poabs Gruop took over in 1989, the Seethargundu estate was in a derelict condition, existing in an abandoned state for 16 years. They go beyond what's necessary for Organic certification, they believe in diversity and not mono-cropping, so they have tea, cardamom, all types of pepper, a dairy, a fish farm, poultry, biodynamic herbs and extensive composting. Today, it is one of only 2 Demeter Biodynamic certified coffee farms in the world.

In the cup it's a complex array of aromatic spices - cardamom, cinnamon, sage, cumin... and more! A deep resonant sweetness combines with a sensual mouthfeel for a pleasurable cup.