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NEW COFFEE on the Clover – April 7, 2010

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , on April 7, 2010 by smilinggoat

El Salvador – Puerta Zapa

Direct Trade / ‘In Season’ offering

Bright and supple, Puerta Zapa has a round mouthfeel that’s lush with Clementine oranges and melon. Notes of maple syrup meld into cherry and transform to an apricot finish.

Finca Matalapa is a farm that is located in the La Cumbre mountain ranges just south of the capital and enjoys a distinctly different climate than the more well-known coffee region of Santa Ana. The farm faces the Pacific Ocean and receives a good deal of moisture and occasionally powerful winds that surely influence the character of the coffee. Its name comes from the Nahuat language (of Aztec origin, still spoken in El Salvador and Central Mexico) and could be loosely translated as “land where rivers are born.” A trip to the farm makes it clear where this name came from: there are twenty-one fresh water springs on the land that feed into the El Zote River. This particular lot comes from a section (or ‘tablon’) of the farm called “Puerto Zapa”, which despite its location in the lowest-altitude zone of Matalapa has been producing some beautiful coffees that are a little softer and more approachable than those from other parts of the finca.

Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters –  Medium Roast


Rwanda Zirikana Bufcafe – NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , on February 24, 2010 by smilinggoat

As voted by our Blog readers, we are pleased to offer the Rwanda Zirikana Bufcafe from Intelligentsia brewed on our Clover.

This coffee is extremely fruit-forward and sincere. Peach nectar precedes a honeyed mouthfeel and an extended flavor of grape, lime and nectarine. A finish of cacao and walnut frame the experience.

Rwanda is a country transforming before our eyes, and with luck it will succeed in becoming an example of positive, sustainable development for the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. Rwanda is producing some of the cleanest coffee in all of Africa and is a hot new option in the Specialty market, so much so that Roasters are actually fighting with each other to obtain some of these outstanding beans. Bufcafe is a real standout in a country full of incredible stories of reinvention and development progress. Buf’s growth captures this dynamic and is without question one of the most successful of the washing station projects that have been proliferating in Rwanda since 2002. We chose to name this coffee Zirikana (a Kinyarwandan word meaning “show your commitment”) because that’s what this whole coffee gig is about.


Come in and try a cup today!

The winner is ….

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , on February 13, 2010 by smilinggoat

Rwanda, Zirikana – Bufcafe

It received the most votes (not really that many … we’ll promote the voting much better next time) of all 4 coffees.

Here is a description from Intelligentsia:

Extremely fruit-forward and sincere. Peach nectar precedes a honeyed mouthfeel and an extended flavor of grape, lime and nectarine. A finish of cacao and walnut frame the experience.


We should have it by late next week and on the menu a few days after that.

New Coffees in October!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , , on October 18, 2009 by smilinggoat

We have some fantastic new coffees on the Clover menu right now!

Zambia – Munama

An ‘In Season’ offering

Aromatics of citrus fruit and baking spice precede cup flavors of tangerine, dried cherry and cardamom spice. The mouthfeel is expansive and incredibly velvety steadying the acidity and providing balance. The finish is equally widespread as the body with long notes of grapefruit, cinnamon, and baker’s chocolate.

Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters

Mexico – Nubes de Oro

Fair Trade Organic / Bird Friendly

Cooperative Nubes de Oro, “Clouds of Gold,” is located in Chiapas area. There are a total of 21 small communities, where the 430 Cooperative members live. It is also certified by the Smithsonian Institution as “Bird Friendly”.

Very deep-toned, balanced sweetness of orangy citrus, nut, and a hint of chocolate. Look for a rich, slightly wine-toned acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel and a vanilla & caramel finish.

Java Blend Coffee Roasters

March new coffees!!!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by smilinggoat

We have some new coffees for you to come in and try!

The Feature Espresso has been switched from Black Cat Classic (don’t worry it will be back in a couple of weeks) to:

Black Cat Single Origin: La Maraville, Guatemala … mmmmm. delicious

On the Clover:

Ethiopia – Wondo Worka … a great coffee from the Yirgacheffe region of the Sidamo province in Ethiopia.

and a bit of a tease for the next couple of weeks … look for something from Boliva to make it’s way to us!

CoE Colombia – Buena Vista NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2009 by smilinggoat

Come in to try the Cup of Excellence Colombia – Buena Vista:

Silvio Angel Quipo has owned the Buena Vista Estate for over 20 years and manages it with help of his 3 sons. In the southwest corner of Colombia and at an altitude of 4,000 feet above sea level the volcanic soil, crisp clean mountain air and abundant rays of sunshine combine to create the perfect combination for coffee growing.  A cup of Colombian “Buena Vista” offers a sweet and syrupy brew with toffee and nutty (almond & hazelnut) notes and a hint of tangerine citrus and vanilla. This coffee has a huge body and finishes with a sweet, buttery mouth feel.


New Coffees for the new year!!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2009 by smilinggoat

We are now offering a new El Salvador Cup of Excellence – La Lainez and a Costa Rica – Helsar De Zarcero brewed by the cup on our Clover.

El Salvador – La Lainez ~ Cup of Excellence

La Lainez is a relatively small farm (40 acres) and is owned by the Ginjaume family who have been coffee farmers for the past three generations. It is located in the Tecapa-Chinameca Mtn. Range, and sits about 4900 ft. above sea level. The pickers are instructed to select only the best coffee available, avoiding over-ripe, immature green or defective cherries. The bourbon varietal coffee is transported to the Oromontique Mill, where it is immediately processed in an eco-friendly mill. The parchment covered coffee bean are then dried in the clay brick patios. Although this is the first time La Laínez has competed in the Cup of Excellence, they were successful is scoring a #6 place in the 2008 CoE El Salvador.
This is an exceptionally complex and silky coffee that changes dramatically as it cools. Initially, apricot and sweet apple flavours are balanced by a delicious milk chocolate richness. Hints of maraschino cherry, raspberry and light citrus notes dance on your tongue, each coming to the forefront as the temperature of the coffee changes … with the milk chocolate remaining throughout. The lush mouthfeel and sweet aftertaste linger after each sip.

Costa Rica – Helsar De Zarcero

The mountainous, west valley Zarcero region of Costa Rica is about 50km NW of the capital San Jose. The initial fragrance of the ground coffee has rich chocolate tones with orange blossom and cinnamon notes. The brewed cup has a delightfully velvety mouthfeel with a very nice balance of body and light acidity. The flavour notes are complex with definite cocoa, hint of sweet orange citrus and subtle, light kiwi acidity.


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