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
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
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 wrote: <Snip>
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: <Snip>
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: <Snip>
"I really like[d] that bean!" "The Pacamara was really dull in the cup" Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! It's Alive!