Here is where I am going to show how little I know. So when i ordered my roaster, I got a sample pack of Panama Boquete - Maunier Estate, which I turned around the next day after I had it, and ordered 5 lbs of it. I love this coffee. Well as fate would have it, SM ran out when I was getting ready to order another 5lb. So I found another source for it. I haven't roasted any of it yet as it arrived last night, however, the dry smell of the beans, the batch from SM is extreamly aromatic, and the other has almost no smell at all. I have a feeling they aren't going to be what I was hoping for when I roast them up. The beans look the same... but smell is vastly different, or almost non-existant, in the second batch. :(
Your tale is not uncommon. A few years ago got some fantastic Sumatra Gayo Mountain from Tom, went to order some more and he was out. So ordered 5# Gayo from another online greens source I hadn't tried before. Never repeated that mistake again. I agree the Panama Maunier great again this year, learned to love it from previous year's offerings by Tom. Always one of my favorite Panamas. Consequently future years always order a qty as soon as/if he offers it again, I don't bother with "test" order. Next year if Tom offers it you'll know to immediately place your order! (And if Tom offers it that means it's good again.) Doesn't help now, but he may get more, who knows. Also look to other Panama offerings from Tom with similar/same varietals, not all Panamas are even close to the same! Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ <Snip>
I wanted to branch out and try a few good/bad/indifferent coffee's from Panama since I enjoyed that one so much. I got my hands on some La Berlinia (sp?) Estate also by Casa Ruiz, and while very happy with it, it just doesn't climb to the peak of the Maunier. I was just curious if this was a norm and what kind of conditions cause this, would it be bad storage? or just luck of the draw?
Luck of the draw? Sort of but not really IMO. More like luck of having someone like Tom who cups every lot before and after buying and won't carry a green unless it meets his high standards. Remember Tom rejects far far far more coffees than he ever decides to offer. What can cause seemingly same/similar greens to be vastly different? A multitude of possibilites from bloom to offered green, bad storage conditions would be one of them. Pacific Northwest Gathering Vhttp://home.comcast.net/~mckona/PNWGV.htmKona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmUltimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I must first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before. Sweet Maria's List - Searchable Archiveshttp://themeyers.org/HomeRoast/ <Snip>
Jason - Use the "sampler experiences" to learn which origin coffees you enjoy - to "calibrate" *your* tastebuds. Read Tom's notes on the ones you try and see if you can determine for yourself which of his descriptions you can relate to in your own roast/brew experiences. He will tell you how THIS coffee is typical of that origin area, or how it is NOT, and what other origins it will remind him of, etc. THEN... when a new coffee shows up in the available coffee list, you can usually look at where it is from and read Tom's specific cupping comments and decide if you want to buy it or not. About the variability of quality situation. Beans from the same trees but a different picking, processing, storing and shipment may be wildly different in quality. The thing to remember is: If Sweet Maria's has it for sale, it WILL be high quality, good coffee. That is not to say that you will enjoy all of the coffees that they offer - one origin or specific quirk of a lot may not suit your tastebuds whereas others may rave about it. (That's why we need the sampler packs!) Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX) On 4/19/07, Jason wrote: <Snip>