Hey Shrub Friends,
Just a heads up that the Rwanda Fair Trade Rushashi Duhingekawa Womens Coop stock is running low. There will no longer be Bulk Grain-Pro packages available but there is a very limited supply of vac-packs that can still be picked up. Get it while the getting is good.
When I was first cupping and writing about the Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita PB, I had this impression of a great green marble, and so went looking around for information on marble types, history and lingo. My own personal marbles are stowed in my sock drawer in the custom green satchel that my mother had sewn for me; and so where it might seem odd that an adult might still keep their marbles so easily accessible, the world of marble lore that I glanced into simply to color my coffee review was quite staggering.
Just got a big old box of samples from home base to start playing round with in the lab. Some of the new additions, and some yet to be named. I'll keep you posted, but be sure to check out the new Ethiopia Maduro and Nicaragua Java Longberry and also two other new offerings that are coming this week. Also, this is your last chance to grab some of the Luchadores and the Guatemala Pixcaya, get it while it's hot.
Hey Folks, the El Salvador Los Luchadores will have its last bout in the ring on Wednesday January 20th. Luchadores is loaded with syrupy baked peaches and strawberry with a body that continues to expand with rest while maintaining its clarity. Be sure to pick some up before it's counted out.
Happy 2010 everyone. In the next few weeks we will be adding some new exciting coffees to our offering list. This week we are adding a new DP Ethiopia, the Ethiopia Organic Guji Sidamo Maduro. The Maduro in the name refers to the maturity of the fruit when it was harvested, deep crimson. The results are an incredibly rich and fruited cup.
I put together a cupping on Tuesday at a local Fort Collins roaster. It is always a challenge to put together a table for a new group. Is it better to choose a theme and show some coffees that are related in one way or another, or is it better to show as wide a variety as possible? I went with variety and brought the Brazil Fazenda Campos Altos Peaberry, El Salvador COE La Montañita Pacamara, Ethiopia DP Haile Selassie Sidamo, and Kenya AA Nyeri Tambaya.
In the interest of keeping our offering list dynamic we will be removing a coffee from shrub this Friday, December 4th. The Brazil Daterra Sweet Yellow will take a bow, an amazing and complex coffee that continues to really impress us, and that's why we want to make sure to let anyone who might be interested in this coffee know that they still have a few more days to check it out. When making adjustments to our offerings, we will be sure to give notice so that folks can still get it while they can.
Today we're rolling out two new coffees. The Ethiopia DP Haile Selassie Sidamo is full of complex fruit and makes a sublime SO espresso shot. Great Ethiopias were rare this year, given the ECX debacle, but this is definitely one of our favorites.