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Topic: New Brazils / Kenya (3 msgs / 81 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
Just to be clear --- these Brazils are from the Cerrado-only 
competition, not the nationwide CoE program. We DO have a CoE lot 
that was really really nice (a sweet, delicate type of Brazil 
profile) en route, maybe 1 month ETA. But CoE is now sort of an 
"anti-dry-processed" competition, without intentionally meaning to 
be. Cerrado Competition has a DP and a Pulped Natural/Semi-Washed 
category, so DP coffees get judged on their own merits. I have 
mentioend this before, and I will again: DP coffees will always score 
lower on a cupping form than Pulped Natural/Semi-washed Brazils, but 
they are really the "heart and soul" of Brazilian coffee. Judges from 
Japan, parts of Europe and some Italians (Illy) are now anti-DP ... 
they always want a super "clean" cup profile and don't like any 
rustic qualities in coffee. I like both types of Brasils. Anyway, #1 
and #2 are DP coffees, and #5 is a CD (pulped natural translates as 
Cereja Descascada in portuguese). So each are quite different - read 
the reviews! #5 could be a top 10 CoE coffee, IMHO. It is clean, 
sweet, aromatic. #2 is probably my flavorite (oops, a telling 
misspelling?) for its combination of sweetness, body and rustic 
qualities. #1 I prefered as espresso, where its mouthfeel, abundant 
crema etc are amazing.
I am sorry to spring all these on you at once, but be comforted that 
we have a decent supply, especially #5 which I think will be the most 
popular of the 3.
But that Kenya Gethumbwini lot is small, and will only last 10 days - 
2 weeks. I tried to get the entire lot but had to split it with a 
small roaster- wah! ... I cupped a main crop Gethumbwini yesterday 
for the Tuesday auction this week, and it had only a suggestion of 
the character this lot has. I will be keying in on this farm for 
future auctions though, so see when the estate peaks in flavor (yes, 
this is not a co-op - called a society in Kenya - it is an estate)
Tom
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                   "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
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             phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com

2) From: Douglas H. Boutell
Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee wrote:
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Tom,
By your standards or definition, what is a small lot?
Doug

3) From: Justin Marquez
On 2/14/06, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 


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