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Topic: Top Coffees of 2008 (2 msgs / 77 lines)
1) From: Paul Jolly
Very interesting picks from all.  Although some leave me baffled (Liberic=
a?  Are you all for real?), it just goes to show that there are a multitu=
de of tastes out there which can find satisfaction in a multitude of flavor=
s.  Here are those which satisfied my taste and which I would willingly d=
rink over and over and over again:
1.  Ethiopia Koratie WP -- no need to add to Les' assessment, with which =
I agree wholeheartedly.
2.  Ethiopia Koratie DP -- an easy choice, as it not only called to mind =
the stellar Ethiopian blueberry bombs of three years ago but provided a fir=
st-time experience for us all:  the chance to sample the same coffee proc=
essed two different ways.  That alone was worth the price of admission.
3.  Panama Esmerelda Gesha Lot 10 -- didn't try the real expensive ones, =
but this lot provided all I'd hoped for:  tremendous variety of aromatics=
 & flavors, almost perfectly-balanced.  =
4.  Mexico Chiapas Proish co-op -- I am a sucker for a really good Typica=
, and this one assuaged my Oaxaca-typica-deprived tastebuds:  outstanding=
 richness with heaps of chocolate and just enough brightness to keep my und=
ivided attention.
5.  gotta lump a bunch together here:  ALL of the dry-processed Central=
s we've gotten to try this year.  I'm not sure if we understand what an i=
mpressive feat this is -- but suffice to say that it's never happened befor=
e.  Even if some turned out too weird for me (Guatemala Oriente, anyone?)=
, so many were astonishingly good and taught me a ton about what an impact =
the processing method has on the final flavor.  Who would have thought th=
at a Nicaragua Limoncillo pacamara, dry-processed, would reveal itself to b=
e the long-lost sibling of some random Sidamo?  Ditto for the CR Brumas, =
which was more subtle in the fruit but unlike any Costa Rican I'd ever had.=
  Ditto for the Mexico Nayarit DP...
Man, this has been one of the greatest years in coffee for me, and that's i=
n large part to the diligence, curiosity, care, and never-let-the-possibili=
ty-of-failure-deter-you-from-trying efforts of the esteemed Tom Owen.  Th=
anks a bunch, man.
Paul
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2) From: Lynne
I put in an order, and it arrived on Dec. 24th! Woo-hoo!!
Took a week to get here on the east coast (with the multitude of snow
storms, I expected such) - what a nice Christmas eve surprise.
Had to order the Bonko Black Sun (with a name like that, how could I
resisit?) OH - this is the FIRST time since I began homeroasting that I can
say I actually taste FRUIT!!! Jammy is a great description - first thing I
thought of was cherries, maybe strawberry. Goes great with the (traditional
in our house, but first time I made them) 'Italian' raspberry Christmas
cookies (my late mom's recipe, may she rest in peace - IMO, these are really
rugelach) I made.
Mmm - I got five pounds of the Bonko Black, and wish I had ordered more...
So, since it's not 2009 yet, I can honestly say this coffee is my absolute
favorite of 2008.
:P
Lynne
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