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Topic: new crop harar, new mattari (46 lines)
1) From: Tom & Maria
Howdy - we received the first really GOOD new crop harar sample 
yesterday, and I am going to run over to the warehouse to pick some 
up. (it will be up on the list in an hour or so). As you all know the 
MAO Horse is usually the exporter that comes up with the best, 
fruitiest Harars, but he ships out a LOT of coffee and not every lot 
is as good as the next (this is the nature of Harar more than a 
comment on the exporter's quality). This year we received 7 lot 
samples just from MAO and they were not what I really expect from a 
Harar. I went to all the other exporters to see what the deal was, 
and the story the samples told was that this was not going to be an 
up year for Harar overall - that the truely blueberry Harar dows not 
exist. I had heard about the weather problems, etc, in the past year, 
and cupping the samples seemed to bear this out. So it was a thrill 
to get these latest Horse samples. There were two lots, 4333 and 4334 
were the designations. 4334 was my initial favorite because the 
aromatics were fruitier but as the cup cooled it was 4333 that truly 
had Harar complexity and yes, a touch of blueberry. I'll be looking 
at other samples too for about another month because this represents 
"peak of the harvest" shipments, and after that it should be all 
wrapped up. We'll have 4333 for a few months, and Harars DO have a 
little more zing when they are under 6 months old (from US arrival 
date.) If I find another lot with a uniquely different cup I will do 
what I have done with the Sumatra G1's and give you the choice by lot 
number.
There's a neat new Mattari I am going to pick up too. It is fruity, a 
little less altitude apparently than the Hirazi or Haimi because it 
doesnt have as much "sharpness" in the top range of the cup. But the 
flavors in the midrange, the fruit, fresh leather, tobacco are really 
really nice. Warning: the prep on this is very "rustic", a fair 
amount of brokens. It's excusable for this coffee and this cup, but 
if it was a Central with these brokens I wouldn't touch it.
Tom
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            Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting  -  Tom & Maria
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