Well, up until now they are out of season, and the early samples I
have cupped are unworthy of offering; lower grown and rushed through
processing at the dry mill. Remember, coffee is a crop. Sure, greens
store well, but still it is important to buy during the peak of the
harvest. It would be irresponsible of me (and run totally counter to
everything we do here) to buy lots I knew were inferior, simply to
plump up our inventory. Coffee is not soap-on-a-rope. Buying and
offering coffee is not like stocking canned goods down at the A&P!
(Although I wish it was sometimes ... it would make my job a lot
Now, the Centrals are indeed on there way. We have 2 Costa Rica lots
arriving Thursday April 12. (Indeed, I leave tonight for Costa Rica
to cup some 86 lots of Tarrazu, Dota and Naranjo special lots, hoping
to find 1 or 2 that stand out). Mexico Chiapas and Oaxaca are "on the
water". Our first Guatemala is coming in 10 days. We also have some
outstanding, fresh South America coffees from Peru and Colombia which
offer the same cup profile as Centrals: bright, snappy, clean,
floral, etc. So please be patient, my roasting friends, and know that
we are going to have a heck of a lotta great Centrals on our list
within the next few weeks. New micro-lots from Chiapas, special
Guatemala estate coffees, Costa Rica is holding their first Cup of
Excellence this year ... lots of new things happening, and the result
will be some pretty interesting new offerings this season.
I posted this to the weblog this am. But I didn't mention, we have 2
new lots I am uploading later today: India Mysore Nuggets Extra Bold
and a very nice, bright (Central-like) lot of Bolivia FTO Caranavi.
(Just when I thought the entire Bolivia crop was mediocre this year,
and we wouldnt have any!)
"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