Monday, April 30, 2012

Bolivia Cenaproc Cooperative

One of the coffees we have on the siphon today is Bolivia Cenaproc Copperative.

CENAPROC stand for Central Asociados de Productores de Cafe. It was founded in 1992 and now has 171 members farming coffee on 1,185 hectares of forested land. Ceneproc lots have won Bolivian cupping competitions and regularly place in the top of other regional competitive events. 

In the cup it's almond, tamarind, and pear with sweet maltiness. Warm nut and cocoa aromatics complete the cup. A pleasurable and balanced coffee.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Burundi Karinzi - Maruri Hill

Just bagged! Available Whole Bean: Burundi Karinzi - Maruri Hill. This is also going to be featured in our Coffee Tasting Class - Basic tonight!

Karinzi is a smallholder coffee coop affiliated with Sogestal Kayanza, located in north Burundi near the Rwanda border. A sogestal is the Burundi entity that oversees regional cooperatives, helping them warehouse and market their coffees. The coop has recently (in 2012) taken profits to buy a new Penagos pulper, and do all the processing themselves. This will help them retain more profit from the sale of their coffee lots, rather than paying for processing fees.

In the cup it's sweet and savory aromatics with fruited apricot and heavy peach sweetness in the forefront. Hints of cola and raisin with a caramelized sugar and toffee flavors in the background. Exceptionally sweet and clean.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Brazil Fazenda Santa Mariana

Whole Bean Available at caffe d'bolla right now... Brazil Fazenda Santa Mariana!

Santa Mariana is a family owned farm that dates to the 1800s. The farm is in Carmo da Cachoeira, Sul de Minas. Elevation ranges from 900 - 1200 meters. The farm grows Acaia, Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai and Mundo Novo cultivars. Thi slot is a blend of all four cultivars.

In the cup it's almond nut and nut skins with hints of dark malt, and cocoa. Tangerine highlights as it cools. A balanced and delicious Brazil!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Java Kopi Sunda

Fresh out of the roaster, and just bagged... Java Kopi Sunda!

This is the second yea of a small-yet-ambitious project in Western Java - to build an outpost in the oldest coffee growing region in Java, work with the local farmers, and wet-process the coffee in tiny batches to high standards. This current lot was rigorously hand sorted with local labor from the community. It drove up the cost of the coffee, but resulted in a better cup, and is the spirit of this project to improve coffee and community in the area!

This is distinctive in flavor form all other Java coffee. All Java coffee sold in the U.S. is from Eastern Java.

In the cup it's semi-sweet chocolate, raisin, red apple, and a wonderful tamarind note. The fruited aromatics add a depth and complexity unlike any other Java coffee. An amazing cup.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca La Maravilla

One of the siphon coffees we're offering at the shop right now is Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca La Maravilla.

This wonderful coffee is going fast! Maravilla means "the wonder", and it truly it. The farm is in the La Libertad area in the northern part of Huehuetenango. It is a high elevation farm, from 1500 to 1850 meters. The owner, Maruicio Rosales, maintains a beautifully cultivated crop that translates into a phenomenal coffee year after year.

 In the cup it pains flavors all over your palate. Sweet orange, with caramel and toffee notes, and wonderful fruit highlights throughout - cranberry, raisin, and a little light citrus and warm chocolate notes. A mouthful of pleasure in every sip.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Espresso - Walrus and Carpenter

Our espresso On Tap and available Whole Bean right now at caffe d'bolla is Walrus and Carpenter!

This three bean espresso begins with a coffee from Santa Mariana in Brazil. It is complimented by a regional Ethiopia from Alaga Sekala in Jimma and a touch of the remarkable Guatemala Finca Maravilla.

In the cup it's sweet malt, walnut, and cocoa with juicy peach and citrus highlights. Delicious!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Brazil Fazenda Sertao *Auction Lot* Bastiao Nunes - Yellow Bourbon

This coffee is a special microlot from Fazenda Sertao. It's from an auction held by Carmo coffees. The coffee is pure Yellow Bourbon from the Bastiao Nunes block of the farm located at 1300 meters. Nazareth Dias Pereira's farm has been a Cup of Excellence coffee 8 times, which is a testament to the excellence of his coffees. This coffee was vacuum sealed at origin to ensure it arrived as fresh as the auction samples. While this coffee possesses amazing clarity at many roast levels, this batch was roasted to City+ to enjoy sweet and clean flavors rarely tasted in a Brazil coffee.

In the cup it's exceptionally creamy orange and Meyer lemon with a light dusting of cocoa in the middle of the cup. Warm nut and almond skin and warm Pekoe tea as it leaves your tongue. Simply outstanding.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Espresso - Sweet Orchard

weighing and testing espresso.

Our Espresso On Tap right now is Sweet Orchard. It's also available Whole Bean at the shop.

This sweet springtime espresso is an amazing three bean blend. The base of this coffee hails from Flores Bajawa, a small Indonesian island. This is joined with smallholder and estate farm selections from Ethiopia and Guatemala. All coffee were roasted separately and then post-blended to increase the complexity.

In the cup it's mango and smooth caramel with sweet jasmine and apple highlights. A welcome springtime treasure!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Espresso - 1086

NEW! On Tap and available Whole Bean at caffe d'bolla right now: 1086 espresso.

This espresso (ten-eighty-six) is a blend of two small farm coffees from South and Central America. The base of this espresso comes from Santa Mariana in Brazil, and it's highlighted by the always amazing Guatemala Finca Maravilla. Together they create an exceptional cup.

In the cup it's vanilla malt, tangerine, and cocoa, with a raisin-date sweetness. Sweet. Savory. Sensational.