Wow Les, we are going to have to put you on the payroll! Anyway,
please read the review because this IS the best Harar until 2007
(meaning next February) but it doesn't always deliver in terms of the
cup. I like a spicy, tobaccoy, herby Harar, but I really like the
fruits: I just don't get it consistently with our special lot. On the
other hand, I have roasted more samples of this than I can count,
trying to figure it out, and – sometimes yielded fantastic cups, as
Le references from the review. Maybe this is part of the actual
allure of Harar: a rollercoaster, flashes of brilliance, then the
next brew will be "nice" but lack that grace note. I don't know.
On that subject, I have been trying to endorse the Dry-Processed
Yirgacheffe, which cups like a really really good DP Sidamo. Also, we
have a special prep. lot of Dry Processed Yirg. coming, which
promises to be VERY different, very clean prep, the pre-ship samples
have been enticing!
Also .... we have gone to some great lengths to get Yemeni coffees
from a new source that can offer Ismaili, since the Yemen Mocha
Coffee Trade source dried up (part of the issue is that the whole
Yemen crop is very small). We have Ismaili, a Mattari and a Sana'ani
on the water, and of the 3 the knock-your-sox-off pre-ship sample was
actually the wildly fruited Sana'ani. Anyway, those are about 3 weeks
away from arrival.
Lastly, I in fact DO have a Panama coming, like now. And it is really
good, once again (broken record) a special project I initiated in
January in Panama: to get all the Peaberry from the Lerida Estate.
Basically, most of the really good Lerida is bought up by Japan on an
extended contract now, but I found while at the mill they were
extracting the peaberry! Silly Japanese :-) I made an offer there for
it, and that arrived yesterday - need a day to evaluate and post it
but I am enjoying a very floral, very citric, very lively demitasse
of it right now. So keep that in mind if you are considering an
order. Also, the Green Stripe Harar should be around a while, at
least 1 month, so don't feel like you are going to miss out if you
don't get an order in.
I also have another DP Sidamo bought that had one of the best
Ethiopia Dry-Process cups I ever had with the type sample, but the
shipper really messed the whole thing up, and the delay was over 6
months. Not that it was in a container: I think the guy didn't really
own the coffee he was offering to sell. Anyway, it arrives next week,
and it could go either way: great or lousy. If it is not phenomenal,
I am going to reject it.
"Great coffee comes from tiny roasters"
Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria
http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com
Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA
phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com