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1) From: leslee berringer
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.http://www.savethebarako.org/hych.htm  
Thought this might be an interesting article to read while sipping!  It =
is about the Philippines and how they were once a major coffee producer =
(4th largest about 200 years ago) and now they produce only .012% of the =
world's coffee.  Even as recently as 1986 they were earning $150 million =
from exports.  Today only $500,000!   Also how we can help!  At the very =
end of this most interesting article is an opportunity to purchase some =
coffee, probably that we have never tasted, and other options should we =
wish to help.  The article discusses the cupping of the coffee too!  WE =
CAN GET TASTES!
I wanted to see all the coffee countries listed on the equator and =
stumbled upon this article.
Leslee Berringer

2) From: Claus Thøgersen
Hi,
Nice to see a link you can just follow without having to register at a site
before you can read the story.
It is interesting, but one of the last paragrphs could point to another
problem, namely planting robusta, wich cannot give a good price, and as I
understand the global coffee situation, we  really do not need more of this
stuff!
Together, the three bodies are working on a "Pilot Farm project." Nestled in
the lush Cavite hills is a 1.7 hectare property lent to the project by
ex-Mayor
Tik Ambagan of Amadeo. The farm will be used to implement new farming
technology and good farming practices, and will be planted solely to Barako
from
seedlings raised by Dr. Andy Mojica of CavSU. Barako was chosen for this
project to save it from extinction, and also because it fetches a higher
market
price than Robusta -- the variety most commonly grown in Cavite. This
project is projected to increase the income of coffee farmers from P15,000
per hectare
per harvest to as high as P85,000 per hectare per harvest.

3) From: Allen Marsalis
I wrote to one of the distributors to see if they offer
any Barako green beans.  Here is the reply below..
Allen
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4) From: Gene Smith
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I left a note on their website as well, suggesting to them that homeroasters
are a much more adventurous bunch than 'gourmet' coffee purchasers, and
therefore good sales prospects for their product.
Gene Smith
curious about Barako, too, in Houston

5) From: Lesley Albjerg
Allen,
I enjoyed the article.  Thanks for the leg work!  I am wondering if these folks know the premium prices homeroasters are willing to pay for good coffee.  They sure hype their product.  If it is as bold and good as they say, I sure would like to roast it.  If they want to save this cultivator they better find out who their real friends are.  I would think we would be their friends.  Shoot me this guys email off list, and I will encourage him to send Tom a green sample.  Or go ahead and post on list and we can all shoot him an email.
 
Les
Allen Marsalis  wrote:
I wrote to one of the distributors to see if they offer
any Barako green beans. Here is the reply below..
Allen
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At 04:14 PM 7/7/2004 -0400, leslee berringer wrote:
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6) From: bemason
I called the another Barako vendor and hope to find a way to get green
Barako beans too.  I used to live in Batangas, RP, and loved the coffee
there!
Here's the contact info (but they don't offer green beans):
 GL Food Wholesale, Inc.
 127 N. California Ave., Suite #A
 City of Industry, CA 91746 USA
  Tel. 626-8555391 / 8555392
  Fax. 626-8555393
  email. glfood
Regards,
Brett Mason
Lesley Albjerg
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7) From: bemason
I called the another Barako vendor and hope to find a way to get green
Barako beans too.  I used to live in Batangas, RP, and loved the coffee
there!
Here's the contact info (but they don't offer green beans):
 GL Food Wholesale, Inc.
 127 N. California Ave., Suite #A
 City of Industry, CA 91746 USA
  Tel. 626-8555391 / 8555392
  Fax. 626-8555393
  email. glfood
Regards,
Brett Mason
Lesley Albjerg
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8) From: Allen Marsalis
This was one of 3 US distributors listed:
info   or
jeffclarke
I didn't try the other two listed here:http://www.savethebarako.org/distributors.htmI agree with everything you said.  I would think Tom is in a
position as a "buyer" to solicit a sample for cupping and possibly
purchase a few sacks if worthy enough.  That is, "money talks" if
you know what I mean.  Everything is for sale at the right price.
Well, unless they want to retain control over the roasting and
blending too, which may be part of their signature taste.  I hope
the coffee is truly unique and not just a sales gimmick.
I think Tom would do good to offer a little KL, ISH, Barako, etc.
every now and then, even if he doesn't think it cups to perfection,
since he would probably be the only seller in the entire country with
such an offering.
I get the feeling Tom hates to see a customer waste money on an
overpriced cup, but it is the unique experience that is sought after,
not the best cup of coffee in the world.  Sometimes I seek breadth
not depth. If I had something unique everyday, then it is no longer
unique or intriguing.  I might not like it but I want to try it
at least once. (same goes for ISH)  As for KL, I'm happy just to
take others word for it and live that particular experience
vicariously...  ;-)
Allen
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9) From: leslee berringer
This is a multi-part message in MIME format.
I did make overseas contact yesterday through email, and called a USA =
supplier today.  Will let you know if we can buy in green form, if we =
can buy greens individually, how much it will cost, sample sizes, =
cupping notes, etc.
Leslee Berringer

10) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 06:17 PM 7/8/2004, Allen Marsalis typed:
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I am not sure what has hooked people on this.  It sounds like gimmick to 
me, in the same way as the 100% Kona blends.  Roasted only, blend, no 
greens.  Sorry, just does not impress me.
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--
John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
Zen Roasting , Blending & Espresso pulling by Gestalthttp://www.dreamsandbones.net/blog/http://www.chocolatealchemy.com/

11) From: Allen Marsalis
At 06:36 AM 7/9/2004 -0700, AlChemist John wrote:
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Ah, but how does one know for sure, if not to try and either succeed
or fail?  However if this is a gimmick, then it is pretty low threatening
the loss of a particular strain/variety forever.  I mean how low can you
go?  But I figure the experience may be worth the gamble of a few dollars
even as a long shot.
Allen
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