It's been our sorta "private deal" with Limoncillo farm to get all
the Pacamara Peaberry, but it looks like there was a larger crop this
year and it is being offered around to other roasters too. I need to
make sure Erwin (who runs the farm) knows we want it next year.
Shouldn't be any problem with that - we have a good relationship. But
in general it has been a problem for me lately: others, in particular
Japanese roasters but also US, have tracked down some of my coffees
that I get by special arrangement. It's fine as long as the farm puts
the person first (me) who was there first. But I have had some rather
bizarre experiences in C America lately where basically I discovered
people were using my travel logs to track down coffee I buy, or even
coffee I found that I havent even cupped yet. I had pictures from
Nicaragua in January of a yellow pacamara, which I had never seen.
When I returned in April I found out 6 Japanese had contacted the
farm mby email wanting to buy "yellow pacamara". I mean, I never even
cupped it, and have no idea if it is different in any way. And in El
Salvador the same thing happened with orange bourbon - I went to see
these trees that were novel (ripe coffee is orangey, not yellow or
red) ... and expressed my interest. I come back, I do a travelog, I
have pictures of orange bourbon. When I pursue the sample to see if
it has any cup quality, I find out the coffee was sold to Japan! Now
this situation was unfair, because I was never given the chance to
cup/make and offer on the coffee. And I still have no idea if it was
good (it would be a fairly low altitude comapred to other Salv.
coffees I buy). Anyway, internet cuts both ways, and trying to be
open about everything does too. (Not that I would change a thing
about the way I do things - openness may result in a few snafus, but
it is why you have customers and people who appreciate you too ...
for me it is the absolute core of what we do.)
Oh, I am rambling again. Anyway, I am really glad to read that the
Nica Pacamara PB has a following. The Guat Antigua Peaberry is very,
very nice. It is just very balanced and sweet. It is VERY sweet. In
the Guatemala CoE there were a decent amount of Antiguas in the top
rankings, but actually it was surprising how many regions were
represented in the top 10. It was interesting too that Huixoc from
Huehue. , a coffee that was really nice about 3 years ago, was kicked
out early. And then El Injerto won it all with a coffee that was
pretty unusual/exotic (I think they really did some special
picking/prep on this coffee, and that it wasnt a standard Injerto - I
just cupped the Injerto last week and it was fairly average. We might
be getting some of the pure Bourbon though, which will be a good
comparison since it was Bourbon Injerto that was 1st place.)
I'm a huge fan of the Nicaragua Peaberry... I strongly recommend it.
One of my favourites.
On 6/20/06, Woody DeCasere <
I really am looking forward to ordering some of the Nic Pacamara
Peaberry, the Guat Peaberry as well as a few of the other Guatemalan
coffees, looks like some great finds.
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