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New Brazil Cup of Excellence!!

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , on June 20, 2010 by smilinggoat

Brazil Fazenda Serra Do Bone

Cup of Excellence – Organic

This award winning coffee is creamy and decadent. with a silky richness to the texture. A floral aroma precedes and light, soft acidity with hints of apple and a sweet lime. Walnut notes with a touch of rich, milk chocolate round out the extraordinarily smooth and sweet caramel finish.

Fazenda Serra Do Bonne is located in the mountains in Araponga in the Mata de Minas area of Minas Gerais. Carlos Sergio Sangland is a committed conservationist. He is resolved to adopt an organic approach to the management of his crops. His coffee which is of the Red and Yellow Catui varietal, and is grown at an altitude of 1200 masl, these coffees regularly defy typical Brazilian cup profiles in favor of much more intense, citric and floral characters. Carlos is committed to high quality execution at every level, performing intensive lot separation, selectively harvesting ripe cherries and drying his pulped natural coffees on elevated beds, providing even ventilation for a much more consistent humidity.

Java Blend Coffee Roasters –  Medium Roast

New Coffees – June 2010

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2010 by smilinggoat

Brazil – Fazenda Sertaozinho

Cup of Excellence

This coffee is amazingly smooth with a silky richness to the texture. The cup is dominated by nutty notes, honey flavors, and malt notes. Toasted almonds, honey, and an apricot and lemon sweetness dominate the cup. There is a pleasant brightness in the finish.

This award winning farm is acclaimed for exemplary craftsmanship, consistently producing spectacular yellow bourbon coffee, an heirloom variety. Located in a mountainous region in the southern part of Minas Gerais,  The geography and microclimate produce optimal conditions for the heirloom Yellow Bourbon, Mondo Novo and Catuai variatels that are grown on the farm.  In addition to the 370 hectares of coffee production, the farm possesses 300 additional hectares of rain forest reserves with centennial tree and protected water resources.  The property is managed by an agronomist named Jose Renato Gonvalves Dias who uses organic fertilizers produced on the farm to help nurture the plants and ensure that all coffees are prepared in an environmentally-friendly way.

Java Blend Coffee Roasters –  Medium Roast

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Rwanda – Rwabisindu Bourbon

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This coffee is incredibly sweet with floral aromatics preceding notes of citrus peel, chocolate and a subtle hint of coconut. It has a supple, buttery body and a very smooth finish.

The Rwabisindu washing station is located in the Western province, Nyamasheke district and is where this coffee is processed. Owned by Emerth & Gaston Gatsinga, this station serves small farmers from the area. Most farms in Rwanda are 1-3 acres and rely on centralized washing stations to process their coffees. The heirloom Bourbon varietal accounts for nearly all of the coffee produced in Rwanda.

Java Blend Coffee Roasters –  Medium Roast

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Guatemala – Chajul

Fair Trade Organic

The Asociación Chajulense Va’l Vaq Qujol was founded in 1988 by some 40 coffee farmers of the Chajul area Triángulo Ixil, Quiché. Chajul’s main goal is “to promote a sustainable development model that is environmentally sound, economically feasible, fair from a social point of view, and appropriate from a cultural standpoint”.  Farmers are continuing to increase their standard of living as well as diversify alternative productions.
This coffee is very smooth and rich. Hints of a smokey nuttiness balance delicious notes of grapefruit & orange citrus with a wonderful taste of dark chocolate & cocoa. The soft acidity and silky texture rounds out this full bodied coffee.

Java Blend Coffee Roasters –  Medium Roast

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.

Delicious!

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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El Salvador – El Zapote CoE

Posted in Announcements, Coffee with tags , , , on November 18, 2008 by smilinggoat

We’re featuring a new Cup of Excellence from El Salvador right now.

This one is just as good, if not better, than the Santa Maria we had a little while ago. Drop by and have a cup.

This coffee has deep savoury/sweet chocolate nutty fragrance to the freshly ground beans and when it is brewed, it has a very rich and velvety mouth-feel. A light tangy-ness brings forth sweet berry notes with a hint of apricot and peach. The taste finishes with definite thick chocolate notes and a faint hazelnut note that round out an exceptionally smooth finish.

This is definitely my fav. coffee right now!

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Here’s a pic of where it’s located on the side of a dormant volcano, imagine the views!

El Zapote Estate

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.