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Topic: Guatemala CoE Auction (6 msgs / 131 lines)
1) From: Les
I hope Tom has his alarm set early as it is a 6:00 a.m. role call for the
Guatemala Cup of Excellence Auction tomorrow.  Yes tomorrow is the CoE
Guatemala auction!  The number one coffee was a Pacamara.  There are some
good looking coffees on the list and I hope that Tom gets some of the older
varietals and some of the number one Pacamara.  From what I could tell it
was the only Pacamara among the winners.  I really like that bean!  So we
should know soon what new temptations will be on the Sweet Marias list.
Les

2) From: Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee
I hope Tom has his alarm set early as it is a 6:00 a.m. role call for 
the Guatemala Cup of Excellence Auction tomorrow.  Yes tomorrow is 
the CoE Guatemala auction!  The number one coffee was a Pacamara. 
There are some good looking coffees on the list and I hope that Tom 
gets some of the older varietals and some of the number one Pacamara. 
 From what I could tell it was the only Pacamara among the winners.  I 
really like that bean!  So we should know soon what new temptations 
will be on the Sweet Marias list.
Les
The Pacamara was really dull in the cup; they must have worked some 
real roasting magic to get this coffee to #1. I mean, Pacamaras are 
tough coffees to really nail down in the roaster. I had an amazing 
cup of the Los Planes (granted this was from a leftover sample, not 
very fresh green coffee at all), the #2 CoE coffee from El Salvador 
we had last year, but the next time I roasted it I found the good cup 
qualities too fleeting. Thats partly why I like the pacamara peaberry 
so much - it seems much more "roaster friendly".
The #2 coffee is excellent, but I already knew that! We have a whole 
lot of coffee from this excellent farm (San Jose in Chimeltenango) 
coming in about a month. It's a coffee I have cupped and tried to buy 
for 3 years, unsuccessfully until this last year. Anyway, it was one 
of my favs in the auction but since we will already have the coffee 
at a reasonable price, no need to go after that one.
Theres a couple others I liked but I need to see how it plays out 
tomorrow. I am worried that some buyers (in particular from Asia) 
will bid disproportionately high for these lots because of the 
Guatemala cache, not because of the actual cup quality. I felt that 
at least 50-60% of the samples were simply "good average" coffees. So 
I am not really sure how I will proceed tomorrow. Like last year, we 
bid with Stumptown; I compared notes with Duane and we had 2 of the 
same coffees on our list, but not sure if we will go into the 
"lot-splitting" route here.
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: Les
Tom,
I have found the Pacamara to be a tricky one to roast, but when you hit that
sweet spot, it is really something special.  I have the El Salvador CoE #12
El Zapote resting right now.  The degas this morning gave off some wonderful
aromas!  Tomorrow it will be rested enough for the first pot of coffee!  I
have found that 3 days rest is a must for the Pacamara bean as well.
Les
P.S. Tom, if the Jacu Bird Coffee from Brazil is moving too slow because of
where it has been, I would be a very happy roaster if you would change the
limit from "*(*Limit 1 Lb Per Customer Please)" to 1 Lb per order.  I have
moved that coffee into my top 10 list of all time.  After an 8 day rest it
made one of the best ristrettos I have ever had.  As a S.O. shot it is in my
top 5.
On 6/13/07, Tom & Maria - Sweet Maria's Coffee 
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4) From: Eddie Dove
I roasted the El Zapote in December and found it quite remarkable.
I have yet to roast the Jacu, but I am anxiously awaiting ... 8 days
rest, eh ... I may be waiting a while!
Eddie
-- 
Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 6/13/07, Les  wrote:
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5) From: Les
Thanks Eddie,
I continue to be on stash reduction and I am very proud of myself up to this
point.  I have consumed a lot more coffee this past 6 months than what I
have bought.  I have about 30 pounds of coffee yet to consume before I will
lift my ban on buying anything but CoE coffees and the very unique like the
Jacu bird.  I have not restocked my Mexican stash.  I am now totally out of
Uganda Bugisu.  I still have a good supply of Brazil and Ethiopian coffees.
Once I get that part of the stash down, I will be in good shape.  I am
looking forward to the El Zapote tomorrow.  The Jacu loses some of its
rustic characteristics after about day 4.  I liked those characteristics as
a brewed coffee.  Then the spiciness began to shine.  I really enjoyed the
spicy characteristics as an espresso.  It was nice and complex all the way
through the time I had it.  It wasn't thin at the first and it didn't
flatten out at the end either.  It is one fine coffee, too bad some folks
are hung up on the bird factor.
Les
On 6/13/07, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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6) From: raymanowen
"I really like[d] that bean!"
"The Pacamara was really dull in the cup"
Cheers -RayO, aka Opa!
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