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Topic: The Elusive St Helena (3 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria
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To be very honest ... I have no idea.
I keep getting conflicting reports about where it is, and how much is
coming. It's just that this coffee travels such an unusual circuit to the
US, and perhaps more significantly the farm owner is obbsessive complusive.
In the end its a good thing because we directly benefit from the results of
his efforts, but in the short term he wont send out coffee on time if he
made any other commitments and he is having trouble filling a commitment to
a Japanese company. It was all fine with me because they received the
"early-picking" of the crop, and we were goinf to get coffee from the
mid-late picking ...unvariablely better. But if we dont get any at all I am
going to be very pissed. In fact, I already am: its sort of a secret but
they shipped me a defective bag of coffee last year. Mistakenly, they sent
a bag of un-sorted mill coffee. That means about 40% of it was broken beans
... the rest was not prime coffee. We just tucked that bag away, and
eventually dumped it into my compost when we had the commitment to replace
it. It was basically worthless, because it would clog up any roaster even
through the cup was not bad and you could definitely ID the St. Helena
pedigree from it. But the right thing to do is get a replacement and return
or dump it. So essentially I paid thusands for a *very* expensive bag of
coffee that I have not received. Not fair. I know it will all work out
eventually, but it is upsetting. On the plus side, I have so much other
stuff to think about I cant really devote much to pondering the St Helena
problem.
BTW: *amazing* Guat Organic Huehuetenango arrived today ...should have it
listed tomorrow.
New crop auction lot Kenya in 2 weeks. I think the first lot we bought may
be the best of the season. It was only a 59 bag lot, we got the 10 held for
us, and that was months before it arrived. It arrived: Its unbelievable.
Farm name is Eagaads (sp?), as in "egads, thats incredible Kenya"
Tom
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2) From: coffenut
Tom,
I'm losing no sleep over the arrival of the St. Helena.  You have so many
truly wonderful selections in the $5-6 range, I could remain in "bean
heaven" with them alone.  The Helena will get here when it does and I'm
thankful for all the effort you put into the entire collection.  Also enjoy
your frank explanations...you are truly the most no-nonsense owner which I
have the pleasure of doing business.
Coffenut  :^)
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3) From: Les and Becky
I agree with coffee nut!  Tom you do a great job!  I wanted to wait for the
St. Helena, but you had too many tempting new offers, so I ordered.  I do
appreciate the person that recommended two pound orders.  I have found that
having only one pound doesn't give enough quantity to really get to know a
coffee.  I really enjoyed a great cup of Kona this morning.  Boy was it ever
a Kona!!  I liked Tom's comment that it has a piney flavor.  This a good
description of the distinct Kona flavor.  My roast was between a cinnamon
and city roast.  I don't know about the rest in the group, but I don't get a
real clear indication of the darkness of my roast until after I grind.  This
being a dry-processed, it appeared to be darker than it really was.  I am
not complaining!!!  It was a great cup of coffee, and most importantly my
wife loved it!!  She is the Kona nut in our house.  As I am writing, I am
enjoying a cup of the Uganda Bugesu.  Hey don't let the low price fool you.
When all is said and done, I find the Africans and Centrals to please my
palate more than the Kona.  I am not knocking the Kona.  It is the best Kona
I can remember having in a long time.  I am looking forward to trying some
of my newer coffees in the weeks ahead.  I have never roasted a New Guinea.
Thanks to the variety pack I now have two to try!  I sure am glad that I
don't have to spend the big bucks for a great cup.  My co-worker was
complaining about having to pay 18.00 for a pound of custom roast.  I just
smiled.  By the way, I will no longer roast for my friends.  I brewed up a
great pot of coffee for a friend and she loved the aroma as it brewed and
then complained about it being too strong.  Unfortunately most people are
used to drinking brown water!  If you don't mind spending the money, give
the Kona a try.  I sure like the light roast.  I don't know if I will go
darker when what I have is so satisfying.  Well that decision won't have to
be made for a few weeks.
Les
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