Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Brazil Fazenda do Sertao - Lot 50

Fazenda do Sertao is a 235 hectare farm located in Carmo de Minas at about 1250 meters. This is the farm of Nazareth Dias Pereira. The coffee from this farm has placed 8 times in the Cup of Excellence, including a winning lot this past year. This small farm has a mix of varietals including Bourbon, Acaia, and Icatu. This lot is a masterful blend of the farm's varietals.

In the cup it's hazelnut and macadamia with savory tamari aromatics, malt sweetness and berry highlights. Incredibly clean and complex. Exceptional.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Indonesia Flores Wet-Hull Bajawa

Flores is a small island in the Indonesian archipelago around 200 nautical miles east of Bali. The Bajawa Highlands are one of the most traditional areas of Flores. Bajawa is a small town nestled in the hills and is the centre for the Ngada people of this high, fertile plateau. The coffee is grown between 1150 and 1400 meters, which is a respectable altitude for Indonesian coffee farming.

In the cup it's melon and mango offset by an earthy character, hints of sweet tobacco and a carob and sorghum sweetness in the background. Incredible mouthfeel.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ethiopia Limu Jimma - Alaga Sekala

Alaga Sekala is a cooperative wet mill near Jimma, western Ethiopia. The station is at 1850 meters with most of the coffee coming from 1900-2100 meters. Alaga Sekala Cooperative is part of a new initiative our buyer has in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. The program is coordinates, agronomists, managers, and business advisers who help each manage debts, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verify distribution of income to all members. This past year, Alaga Sekala won a cup quality competition among all the coops in the area.

In the cup it's peach and apricot fruit notes with jasmine and raw sugar sweetness. The cup flavors intensify as it cools. Hints of orange peel, increased jasmine sweetness, and hazelnut emerge to complete an exceptionally light and flavorful cup.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Espresso : Mr. Tamarind Man

Our current espresso On Tap and also available on the shelves: Mr. Tamarind Man!

This three bean espresso will jingle-jangle all over your tongue. It starts with a Sumatra from the Northern Lake Toba region, Ethiopia Illubabor, and a sweet Rwanda Kibuye Gitesi.

In the cup it's tamarind and stone fruit with light molasses sweetness and a plum/raisin finish. Cocoa highlights linger on the tongue. Yum!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Rwanda Jomba Vunga

New at caffe d'bolla! Fresh out of the roaster, and currently available Whole Bean: Rwanda Jomba Vunga!

Vunga cooperative is a washing station in Jomba, Nyabihu, Western Rwanda. The Vunga station is at 1463 meters, with coffee coming from the surrounding hills ranging from 1700 to 2100 meters. The area borders the Virunga national forest, which has a healthy mountain gorilla population, and is just a couple hours from the borders of Uganda and DRC.

In the cup it's mandarin orange sweetness with orange zest with hints of spiced apple and cinnamon. A wonderful balance of sweetness and bright fruited cup flavors.