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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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CoE El Salvador – Santa Maria ~ Now Available

Posted in Coffee with tags , , , , on September 23, 2008 by smilinggoat

The Cup of Excellence ~ El Salvador – Santa Maria is now on the menu!

Here is the description we’ve ended up with:

The aroma of this coffee is wonderful with a light almond and cinnamon spicy-ness. A very smooth with a velvety mouth-feel are matched with a light tangy-ness. This brings forth a wonderful brown-sugary/molasses sweetness combined with nice citrus-peel marmalade flavour notes. It is perfectly balanced with light almond and chocolate notes that round out a very smooth finish.

Drop by and try a cup – delicious!

BTW – check out the comments on the previous post about this coffee. There are some comments from people involved with Cup of Excellence in El Salvador! They have provide great links for more info.! Thanks again to them!

Ethiopian Natural Yirgacheffe – SO Espresso

Posted in Coffee with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by smilinggoat

More tweaking of this very tricky Single Origin Espresso.

Even slight changes in temperature, humidity and the age of the bean combine with the challenges of the preparation. Quite a coarse grind in a triple basket with two intermediate tamps and then a ‘full body weight’ tamp at the end. It is incredible done this way and run to about 40 sec. yeilding about 3/4 ounce.

The final one I did for myself this morning was delicious … just like I smushed a bunch of blueberries into the portafilter as well. Yum!

Clover Coffee

I didn’t have a chance to finish “dialing in” the El Salvador – Santa Maria yesterday … just a bit too busy. I’ll see if I can squeeze it in today.

I did manage to cup the new roast profile of the Medium-Light FTO Sumatra SWP Decaf yesterday. This coffee is great! The decaf’s we’ve been offering on the Clover have always been pretty good. This new roast however is quite sweet and smooth with berry notes and a slight nuttiness. Really, really good … regardless of the fact that it is a decaf.