Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Ethiopia Gera Jimma Nano Challa

Fresh out of the roaster: Ethiopia Gera Jimma Nano Challa.

This coffee from Nano Challa Cooperative is part of a new initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. A cooperative can make all kinds of quality improvements, turn out fantastic coffee, and sink deeper in debt all the while. Cooperatives often fail to return a fair and full amount of payment to their farmer-members. Often this is from poor management, and sometimes from graft as well. With this lot we can verity that the great price we paid will result in a fair distribution of funds, a better managed coop, investment in the mill, and even better coffee next year!

In the cup it's sweet, light, and juicy peach notes with hints of apricot and red current. Honey and jasmine floral notes throughout. Light and sweet.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Espresso - Percy Butterfield's Exciting Journey

Currenly our espresso On Tap, and also available Whole Bean at caffe d'bolla is Percy Butterfield's Exciting Journey!

This adventurous espresso starts with a peaberry from the fantastic family owned Finca Matalapa in El Salvador, this has been joined by two other special selections - Java Kopi Sunda and Ethiopia Haro Sana. Each coffee is roasted separately and post-blended to capture the best flavor and complexity.

In the cup it's malt and almond notes, candied red fruit and buttery caramel sweetness. An amazing finish of cinnamon and apricot complete the cup. An espresso lover's espresso!

Last Java Kopi Sunda This Year

This is the last batch of greens of Java Kopi Sunda we have at caffe d'bolla this year. Come grab a bag of this phenomenal coffee while it's still available!

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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Ecuador Organic Espindola Small Producers

Lots of coffee roasting at caffe d'bolla right now!

bagging coffee.

Fresh out of the roaster: Ecuador Organic Espindola Small Producers.

This microlot blend is the result of an effort to raise the quality, and price on Ecuador coffee. Our buyer has been working with a local cooperative, ProcafeQ, for the past three years. They now have the opportunity to identify special microllots and buy carefully produced wet-process lots, or to build a blend from lots too small to export (like this lot). The Espindola lots were from producers who had distinctive coffees but were too small to export, some less than a single bag. So we combined the best to form the Espindola region lot.

In the cup it's a sweet caramelized sugar background with hints of sweet vanilla, floral, and light tangerine. Sweet and sublime.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ethiopia - Pulp Natural Limu

Yiching says --

Just realized we haven't been blogging much... Note To Self: MUST do so more frequently!


Fresh out of the roaster at caffe d'bolla: Ethiopia - Pulp Natural Limu. 

This is a very clean tasting pulp natural process Limu area coffee from the mysteriously-named Helen Gebrenigus exporter. With a pulp natural, the cherry comes in from the farms and is pulped (skin removed) immediately. It is then laid directly onto raised beds. It must be distributed in a thin layer and turned often, especially in the initial days of drying. This coffee was from a private farm and then traded through the ECX. 

In the cup it's peach, mango, apricot up front, with a honey sweetness and coriander and lemongrass highlights. Yum!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Select Single Origin Subscription

Coffee ready to be shipped out.

Do you know caffe d'bolla has a Select Single Origin Subscription program? Shipping is included in the price of your subscription. It's a wonderful gift for yourself or for a loved one!