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Three New Coffees

Guatemala Huehuetenango Xinabajul has a unique flavor profile of unrefined sugar and nut, with subtle stone fruit and apple hints.

Colombia Huila Buena Vista with fresh whipping cream, caramel, and confectionary sugar sweetness.

Kenya Kirinyaga Karimikui AA is loaded with lemon blossom, orange marmalade, green grape, and butterscotch.

More great Central American coffees this week...

Nicaragua Finca Buenos Aires Maracaturra, a 'big bean' varietal with a nice taste of fudge and slab apricot.

Nicaragua Acopio Suyatal is a solid coffee with green nut and unrefined sugars.

Guatemala Huehuetenango - Finca Rosma, with brooding sweetness and a boquet of dark fruits.

Sumatra Lintong - Opung BR. Expect lots of developed sugar flavors, chocolate raisin, and smoky chipotle/chocolate.


Take advantage of lower prices on our Rwanda offerings and on Burundi Kirimiro Teka. No, this isn't because of lagging cup quality, but rather, because we simply over bought this year. The super low price on the very balanced Rwanda Nyamasheke makes this an affordable coffee to share with family, office, friends, etc. We took the time to re-cup all of these coffees the other day and they all taste great.

High Quality...Low Prices

We recently discounted prices on some of our coffees but felt we needed to explain a bit. Usually when you buy something on sale, there's a reason why it's cheaper than it was last week. Clothing sells for less when it's out of fashion, food goes on sale when it's about to get tossed out, cars go on sale when they are about to be last year's model. You would imagine that discounted coffee would be old and/or taste bad...this is not the case here.

Our reason is we ended up purchasing a lot more coffee than we normally do and don't want to end up with large quantities that could have ended up being enjoyed by you. So with that said, we have dropped the prices on all our Rwandan offerings and on Burundi Kirimiro Teka. The very low price on the very balanced Rwanda Nyamasheke makes this coffee a great choice for affordablly sharing with your family, office, friends, etc. We took the time to re-cup all of these coffees the other day and they all taste great. This abundance of Rwanda and Burundi coffee also inspired our Africa XL Sampler in which you get four 5 pound bags of coffee from top African lots for only $100. So there you go...we are overloaded with Rwanda and Burundi Teka and you benefit with really good prices for high quality coffee.

Two new Guatemala lots along with two fantastic Yirga Cheffe lots

Guatemala Antigua Cafe Pulcal is sweet and silky with delicate acidity, mandarin, red currant, and blackberry.

Guatemala Huehuetenango Finca Regalito is wonderfully fruited with date, raisin, peach, nectarine and a crisp finish.

Ethiopia Chelelektu Yirga Cheffe has amazing sweetness and body, honeyed citrus notes of orange juice and lemonade, tropical fruits emerge at slightly darker roasts.

Ethiopia Zonegediyo with lively acidity, lemon essence, sweet citrus, and a floral finish.

Cold Brew Part 3: Examination With A Refractometer

So we are at it again, making cold brew coffee a few different ways and tasting it to see how different brewing methods affect coffee flavors. During tasting sessions, we all had our opinions but there hasn't been much science involved so out came the refractometer. A refractomenter is a device used by beverage and produce professionals to determine what percentage of solubles are in a solution. For example, a cup of coffee is mostly water with very tiny bits of ground coffee beans floating in it. A refractometer is able to tell us exactly how much coffee is in that water.