Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Best of State

caffe d'bolla was recently presented the "Best of State" award for "exquisite coffee" and "excelling and surpassing all else". Thanks Best of State and all who support us.

Kenya Nyeri Gaturiri

Roasted and Bagged!

Gaturiri is a cooperative wet-processing mill, near the town of Karatina in the heart of Nyeri. It is part of the Barichu Farmers Cooperative Society. With this lot, our buyer didn't want to risk entering the Kenya auction for a great coffee like this, so it was bought direct, outside the auction format. It means he had to pay a premium to ensure the final cost was at or above what the auction price might be.

In the cup it's raisin, plum preservative, cinnamon, and hints of nutmeg. Plum pudding creaminess as it cools.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Guatemala Finca Candelaria - Lote Nueces

John has been roasting coffee all morning! Fresh out of the roaster just now: Guatemala Finca Candelaria - Lote Nueces.

Candelaria is at the base of the sweeping ascent to the peak of Volcan de Fuego, with coffee grown between 1220 and 1500 meter. This was an old farm that was revitalized by Luis Pedro Zelaya Sr through both heavy pruning of old trees and planting of completely new trees. Lote Nueces is a lot built from daily process batches, based on a flavor profile our buyer was looking for.

In the cup it's cocoa laced with orange citrus sweetness. A very pleasing and balanced coffee.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Ecuador Organic Zamora

Fresh out of the roaster! Ecuador Organic Zamora.

Zamora-Chinchipe is in the Easternmost province of southern Ecuador. This coffee is from a group of 120 farmers from a range of 1350 to 1900 masl. This is a masterful blend from the best components this region has to offer. Coffees are hand picked, manually depulped, fermented for 18 hours, washed, and then dried on raised parabolic beds.

In the cup it's raisin, date, and prune notes with fruits like apricot, mango, and plum emerging as it cools. Juicy with a date sugar sweetness. A wonderful coffee.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Yemen Mokha Mattari

Just roasted and bagged, and also on siphon at caffe d'bolla right now: Yemen Mokha Mattari.

Bani Matar is one of the few coffees from the growing regions surrounding the high-altitudes of Sana's that was traditionally kept separate. The others are mixed, which in turn, gives mixed results. Coffee in Bani Matar is a bit different, tall old-growth trees that appear like a fruit orchard rather than that of a typical coffee farm. This difficult to source coffee was the result of a trip our buyer made to Bani Matar. At the time of their trip, the coffee was too young to cup, but when it arrived at port, it proved to e a standout.

In the cup it's subdued chocolate and wood notes with winey red fruit, hints of mango, and other assorted fruit and spice aromatics. A personal favorite.