Your right Micheal, Tom has the spirit of the Beauty Guard (tm) with him.
Hi - Tom is in Colombia and is staying longer that expected so he can attend the first ever Cup of Excellence competition in Manizales. He went there to visit Mesa de Los Santos estate but the roads to the freeway in Bucaramanga were covered by mudslides in a heavy storm, so all flights were cancelled! So he is out all week and gets back late Saturday. We actually are having a guest roaster this week do the roasting - which is a first. I guess I will have to save some so Tom can taste it when he gets back. So we do have some new Brazils here - 3 or 4 of the Cerrados from the competition that Tom was a judge on back in October I think it was - that are waiting for Tom to post. So that will have to keep another week. And we ran low on the Moki's Farm today - but more is on the way so there is no need to panic...... : ) Best- Maria -- "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters" Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria http://www.sweetmarias.com
Thanks for the update. I look forward to hearing about his adventures when he returns. Be well, Mike --http://www.mjv.com/SweetMaria's Coffee wrote: <Snip>
No need to panic. No need to panic. No need to panic...
I'm not panicking. After all, he's got his Beauty Guard (tm) with him, right? Yep. He's got... gin! What are you doing here??!?!?!??! No need to panic. No need to panic. No need to panic... Grin, Mike --http://www.mjv.com/Ed Needham wrote: <Snip>
So, is Tom back yet? Cheers, Mike --http://www.mjv.com/SweetMaria's Coffee wrote: <Snip>
Yep - just sort of out of it, and with a ton of accumulated samples to cup (oh, things could be worse!) . The competition was very interesting, very well run, but there was a real problem with phenolic defect in the cups that showed up even in the top coffees in the fina rounds. It's almost tragic. I think Maria posted a note about the storms that kept me from traveling to the north. I was trying to get to Mesa de los Santos along with Geoff from Intelligentsia and Bob Fulmer from Royal, but the weather was too intense. We did take off, made a few attempts to land, but the pilot said he had 20 minutes of gas left and we had to return to Bogota. I am glad we didn't try ... it was really nasty weather. We found out later that 45 people died in the flooding and over 3,000 homes were totally destroyed, with something like 30,000 homes damaged severely. There was a lot of damage on other areas too, but Bucaramanga is actually fairly dry and isn't prepared for it. Since Colombia basically has 2 crop cycles running in the country, this Cup of Excellence was really for coffees from Huila, some Tolima I believe, Bucaramanga and maybe the Sierra region all the way north. Actually, I had to leave before the identity of the final winners were announced so I need to find out where they were from! Anyway, we are getting the Cerrado competition Brazils later this week (hot tip, the #1 place natural coffee is really great and there's only 5 bags so it will go fast...) Tom <Snip>http://www.mjv.com/-- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters" Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george
Welcome back Tom, Glad you returned safely! Thanks for the hot tip on the greens, I'll be watching for it. Sue On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 12:06:49 -0800, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote: <Snip>