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Topic: Ethiopian harrar (3 msgs / 73 lines)
1) From: STP
Anyone know when the Ethiopian Harrar is obtainable (in season)?  I'm
interested in seeing if I can pull the blueberry notes out of the
bean...
Kevin

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
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It's late in the season now, and basically it was only the first 
arrival that had over-the-top blueberry. Our special prep lot was 
balanced, but didn't have extreme berry notes. I commissioned that 
special lot preparation on the Green Strip as an experiment, but also 
because I had a feeling it was a "down year" for Harar in general. I 
think it was, overall, because I cup a lot of lots and throughout the 
season they just kept dropping in quality, and so many were simply 
dusty tasting, hay, dry earth.
Anyway, you can get blueberry from the Ethiopia Dry Process Sidamo 
lot we have now. This is from a new exporter I am trying to work with 
(he's a pain because he can't get anything done on time...) however 
the coffee he shipped was outstanding. Obvious second recommendation 
is the Idido Misty Valley which is an unbelievable coffee in terms of 
fruit. Wet-process Ethiopias have been great this year but those 
don't have berry notes in general, more citrus and floral. I start to 
look at incoming new crop Harar in January and February (pre-shipment 
samples). The problem with Pre-Ship samples from Africa is they never 
arrive tasting the same- huge flavor shifts. So you can't count on 
knowing much in advance of arrival lots, and you just have to source 
them widely and roast them all to find the gems.
Tom
--
                   "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

3) From: Gary Townsend
 STP  wrote:
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Kevin,
You just missed a great lot of Harar by just a few weeks...
But you might be (very) happy getting (blue berry) in on some of the Idido
Misty Valley Dry Process...go for at least 5#'s!
How are you planning on roasting & brewing ?
Try this (required reading) page: Ethiopia
I learned more about coffee @ Sweet Maria's in the last 2 years than most of
the subjects combined, in 4 years of high school...maybe it was because it
was of all the distractions taking place in the late 70's, if ya-know what
I'm talkin' about  ;-)
Gary     (Hey Spiccoli...why don't you get a job?)
-- 
Albert Einstein - "Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent
one


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