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Topic: Best of Panama Auction (11 msgs / 197 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
Looks like no Panama Geisha Esmerelda this year. Not from the Best of Panama
offering anyway. It again was #1 and went for a new record astronomically
high price of $130/# and Tom wasn't one of the buyers.http://auction.stoneworks.com/includes/pa2007/final_results.htmlHowever good news, the #2 Panama from Mama Cata Tom bought the whole lot at
a much more reasonable price of $11.80/# and it's Geisha, Criollo varietal
so all is not lost!
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2) From: Larry Williams
$130. per lb.  Wow!  I like to roast coffee, but that seems excessive.  
Kind of reminds me of the rich guys at Barrett Jackson classic car 
auction bidding ridiculous amounts for cars that will never be driven.  
More money than sense. Yes, I'm sure someone will buy the coffee and 
surely enjoy it.
I have been roasting for 8 months with the IR2 and have been happy with 
every bean from every region.  They are all slightly different and all 
delicious.  For $5 to $7 a lb.
Larry Williams
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3) From: Edward Bourgeois
The way I look at it is I can't afford much of anything in the "Best
of" category. So with the great respect I do have for a well cupped
'Best of" coffee why should I be able to afford it. Ed

4) From: Edward Bourgeois
The other thing that will happen with coffee at this price will be the
demands upon the Roaster(person) and especially the smaller batch

5) From: Floyd Lozano
Yeah, there's what, 5 buyers to split 10 50# bags?  They might have enough
to split at the shop ;)   Just think of that - they are going to lose more a
pound ROASTING (15-20 bucks) than you will pay for most coffees ;)   How
sick is that!   Finally a coffee that is actually worth $2 a cup!
You might not buy the auction lot but Hacienda la Esmeralda has tons of
coffee that isn't auction lot and probably damn near as good.  I'll let you
know when I get it ;)
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6) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
i cupped the auction Esmeralda versus the pre-ship sample of our 
"regular" Esmeralda Gesha, and preferred the "regular", which will 
cost about $17/lb this year. the no.2 coffee is a blend of Gesha and 
Criollo cultivars, and is an outstanding cup. when cupping all the 
auction coffees, it was actually my no.1 at the lighter cupping 
roast. i don't really know what's up with the no.1 group, but i guess 
it makes sense to them, bragging rights to the "most expensive 
auction coffee ever. well, at least its an excellent cup, unlike kopi 
luwak which is about that price.
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7) From: MichaelB
Some of us can already put in our resumes that we bought, roasted, and drank
the most expensive coffee ever. Been there, done that. It was a great
experience and I'm happy I did it, but once is enough. It sure sounds like
the cuppers were tasting the coffee's reputation rather than it's actual
characteristics. Good on you for finding a gem at a tenth of the top price.
On 5/30/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 

8) From: Aaron
What makes this coffee so 'special' that it cost that much?
We know kona's its a lot of reputation, pretentiousness, and the fact 
that they dont get a heck of a lot of it.  Same with JBM,  not a bunch 
of it is produced each year hence the bit steeper price.
Does this come from some secret farm somewhere, or is it only a small 
patch of trees or is it a lot of hype and as you said, bragging rights 
that you paid through the nose for it, and are pretty much paying a lot 
for a name?
As you said also, the 'lesser' coffee's actually tasted better (to you 
at least) and while every coffee taster is going to have their own 
favorites, most of you (professionals) are disciplined enough that you 
judge by a set of standards that help to try to nullify the 'personal 
preference' factor when grading a coffee.  Why doesn't one of the lesser 
get the two thumbs up, or is it as with anything else, politics playing 
in it?

9) From: Alchemist John
Criollo Cultivars?  :O  I thought that was only a Cocoa cultivar?  I 
guess it translates to "fine flavor" from what I barely know, so, 
ok.  But still....$17/lb hrmmmmm
At 14:03 5/30/2007, you wrote:
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10) From: Kevin
In Sweet Maria's I trust...
On 5/30/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
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11) From: Justin Marquez
On 5/30/07, Aaron  wrote:
willingness to pay it.
I swore I would never buy anything over $10 a pound, but curiosity got the
better of me last year and I bought 1# of the second lot of Gesha that Tom
had available.  I also bought 2# of Kona as a gift for my sister (who
actually thinks it is that special).
A 3# order for about $50!   OUCH!
In truth, I loved the Gesha, but probably not enough to buy it again.
Certainly not for more than I paid last time.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)

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