On the Roasting Log

On the Roasting Log

What new coffee crops are coming from Black Powder Coffee

Planned Transitions – New Products for May 2018

Planned Transitions – New Products for March 2018

A. Colombian

B. Sumatra FTO

C. Drifter Espresso

Old News – New Products for February 2018

A. Sumatra Lintong Batak

B. Sulawesi White Eagle

C. Lover’s Lane Flavored Coffee (Black Cherry and Vanilla) – Annual Treat

Old News – New Products for January 2018

A. Ethiopian Gadeb Yirgacheffe Organic Natural – blueberry (Replaces Ethiopian Sidamo Rophi Natural)

  • Location – Gedeb. Yirgacheffe/Gedio Zone
  • Grade – I
  • Processing method – Natural
  • Altitude -1,770 -2,200 MASL (~5,577 – 7,218 feet)
  • Annual Rainfall – 1,200mm – 1,599mm
  • Mean Annual Temperature – 59 – 68 Degrees F.
  • Soil Type – Clay to Clay Loam Reddish Brown
  • Varietal – Arabica, Indigenous Heirloom Cultivars
  • The “Gedeb” site is located in the fertile SNNPR regional State, in Gedio zone/Yirgacheffe, in the Gedeb district, approximately 437 km (~272 miles) South of Addis Ababa.
  • Cupping Notes: Strawberry, kiwi, blueberry, apricot.  Super juicy and tangy!

B. Tanzania Peaberry – Same farm as 2016, 2017 New Crop Arrival

C. Ethiopian Organic – Limmu Region

D. Peru Organic – Microlot (limited time)

Old News – New Products in December

A. Sulawesi Rantemario Angin. The Rantemario is a washed coffee from the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Olam Indonesia carefully curates coffees from small holders on Sulawesi to make an impressive, consistent Grade 1 blend. To the locals of the area, Angin is truly a ‘highland’ as it is located at around 1900 masl and extremely difficult to navigate. The local Sumbawa horse is the preferred method of conveyance in this terrain due to its small size and agility compared to the larger Australian horses that are common there.

  • Top Lots: Highest Scoring Spots
  • Processing: Washed
  • Coffee Grade:Grade 1
  • Growing Altitude: 1900m
  • Olam Brands: Sulawesi Rantemario
  • Bag Type: Grain Pro / Ecotact

B. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Natural (Replaces Ethiopian Kochere Yirgacheffe)

C. Burundi Butegana – Kayanza Province (Replaces Burundi Kayanza)

  • Producer: Butegana Washing Station – Gatara Commune
  • Processing: Washed
  • Growing Altitude:1612m
  • Variety: 100% Red Bourbon (provides a semi dry finish)

D. Costa Rican Tarrazu – Finca La Montana – El Laurel (farmer Jimenez) Microlot

  • Region: Tarrazu
  • Subregion: El Laurel
  • Producer: Finca La Montana
  • Processing:Washed
  • Wet Mill: Bajo del Rio
  • Dry Mill: Bajo del Rio
  • Coffee Grade:SHB EP
  • Growing Altitude:1500m
  • Variety: Caturra, Catuai

E. 2017 Holiday Blend

  • Blend: Burundi Microlot, Colombian Organic, and Sulawesi Dark Roast.

Old News – New in November 2017

A. Colombian Excelso Organic – Tolima – Gaitania Coop 85+ Cupping

B. Mexican Chiapas Organic – Belisario

  • Region: Chiapas
  • Varietal: Bourbon, Typica, Mundo Nuvo
  • Process: Washed
  • Altitude: 1600 Meters
  • Certification: Organic, Direct Trade
  • Cupping: Dark Chocolate, Walnuts, Cherry
  • Description: Coffee is Chiapas’ most important cash crop with a history from the 19th century. While most coffee is grown in Soconusco, other areas grow it, including the municipalities of Oxchuc, Panthelo, El Bosque, Tenejapa, Chenalho, Larrainzarr, and Chalchihuitan. Many Chiapas coffee farmers are indigenous and grow the coffee under the shade of native trees without the use of chemicals and pesticides. Some of this coffee is even grown in environmentally protected areas, as Chiapas’ rainforests are home to thousands of animals and plants, some of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Chiapas is ranked second in forest resources in Mexico, containing nearly 60% of Mexico’s tropical tree species. On top of this great biodiversity, high altitudes, steady rain, and volcanic soil all factor into this coffee.

C. Guatemaulan Antiqua – Iglesias

  • Origin – Guatemala
  • Location at Origin – Antigua
  • Name of Farm – Iglesias
  • Grade – Strictly Hard Bean
  • Processing – Fully Washed
  • Altitude – 4,700 to 4900 feet
  • Plant Varietal – 60% Bourbon with 40% Catuai & Caturra
  • Cupping Notes – Strawberry, Floral, Kiwi, Apple, Creamy Milk Chocolate, Baking Spices Finish
  • The famous ancient city of Antigua contains over 43 churches, so it is not surprise that this special coffee gets the brand “Iglesias”. Antigua Iglesias comes from the Plantation Santo Tomas and El Vallecito. Both are located in Ciudad Vieja in the state of Sacatepéquez at the slopes of the Volcano Agua. The coffee grows under Gravilea trees in rich volcanic soil. After harvest, the coffee is brought to the famous mill, Concepcion Escuintla. During the coffee’s time at Concepcion, it is sundried on patios, separated by size, density, and color. The result is a superior coffee with extreme complexities.

D. Peru Organic – Cenfrocafe

E. Honduras 31 Rabbit (50/50 blend of Honey and Washed) – Reserve

  • Organic Honduras: City Roast
  • Origin: Honduras
  • Region: Marcala
  • Elevation: 1400m above sea level
  • Producer: Flhor & The 18 Rabbit Family
  • Tasting Notes: green apple cider and caramel
  • From the hills of Honduras comes one of our best seasonal offerings yet! The 18 Rabbit Micro lot is a delicious honey-processed coffee. This micro-lot is female-owned and operated and placed highly in the Honduras Cup of Excellence in 2014. Contains elements of maple, green apples and caramel. More acidic but curiously sweet, this is definitely a seasonal must

Ending in November: Brazil Natural El Santos

Old News – New in October 2017

A. Kenya AB Kiaguthu (Replaced Kenya AB Mukiria

B. Tanzanian Peaberry Tweega – same Co-op but different farm. Stonger floral notes

C. Costa Rican Tarrazu – La Sonrisa del Cafe

D. Nicaraguan RFA – Jinotega Cooperativa (Replaced Nicaraguan Washed)

E. Burundi – Mumirwa Sogestal Micro Lot (Replaced Burundi Kayanza)

F. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Washed (Replaces Ethiopian Sidamo Washed)


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