Tanzania Peaberry

Beansmith Tanzania Peaberry Coffee Beans

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Peaberry is one of those coffee words that everyone knows, but a surprising number of people don’t understand. It’s pretty simple really. Coffee beans usually come in pairs inside their cherry, but sometimes there’s only one bean and it soaks up all the lovely flavor from the cherry for itself and that’s a peaberry.

While peaberries occur naturally, they don’t end up all in one lot naturally. The discerning eyes of sorters must spot the smaller, rounder beans and pick them out by hand. The intense extra work for a 100% peaberry lot definitely shows up in the cup. The clean, sweet flavors of this coffee from Tanzania are a direct result of of it being a full-on peaberry lot. Enjoy! (We sure do.)

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Kenya Tatu Peaberry

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Photo courtesy of Coffea Roasterie.

Tasting Notes
In the cup you’ll find a bright kiwi acidity, velvet body, and a crisp finish.

About this coffee
This coffee comes from the Tatu Estate 25km north of Nairobi. It’s grown in the red soil at the base Aberdare Mountains.

Region: Tatu, Ruiru, Kenya
Varietal: SL-78, Ruiru11
Process: Fully Washed, Sun Dried
Elevation: 1500-1700 masl

Colombia La Virgen

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Photo courtesy of Klatch Coffee.

On December 12, 1715, Dona Francisca Salazar Valdez, daughter of a very wealthy Spanish landowner named Francisco de Salazar y Barrios y Petronilla Valdes, donated 3 hectares of their Hacienda to build a town that was to be named in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. During most of the 18th century, the small town with a small church near the Suaza river was known as La Viciosa. A huge earthquake struck on November 16, 1827 and completely destroyed the town but caused few deaths. A year later, the town was rebuilt on nearby grounds and renamed Guadalupe to honor the Virgin that protected them from the earthquake.

Guadalupe is located in the valley of the Suaza River, about 2 hours south of Neiva, on the route to Florencia, the capital of the department of Caqueta.

The idea was to create a coffee growers association in the municipality of Guadalupe came from 4 coffee growers from the vereda La Esperanza: Javier Joven Penagos, Javier Figueroa Nunez, Fernando Guzman and Pablo Cuellar. In June 2003 these 4 gentlemen organized a meeting with some other coffee growers of the region and presented to them the idea to create a group with the objective of improving their income and their quality of life through the joint commercialization of their coffee. By offering higher volumes of coffee to exporters, they could achieve higher prices.

Throughout the years, the group has managed to develop a few programs with the objective of obtaining certifications, improving their quality of life and helping preserve the environment.

The group today has about 100 members and during 2011, they sold 400,000 kg of parchment coffees to several exporters, mainly coffee RFA and Cafe Practices. Javier Joven Penagos, one of the funding members, is the current president of the group.

La Virgen offers a wonderful representation of what Colombian coffees are all about. It has an elevated floral, perfume-like fragrance, a balanced body and acidity with flavors of citrus and cherry.

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Honduras Beneficio San Vicente

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In recent years Honduras has made great strides in bringing exceptional coffees to market. Transportation and processing issues, especially drying the parchment coffee have created challenges for a country that has all the right ingredients to produce great coffee. At the center of this shift is the Beneficio San Vicente coffee mill in the Santa Barbara region of western Honduras.

This past year, San Vicente provided producer Denis Teruel with the materials to build a solar dryer on his farm which allows the coffee to be dried much more quickly. The results of this relationship between farm and mill is evident in the cup quality.
Victrola’s Honduras displays impressive balance and sweetness in the cup. Chocolate, dark cherry and subtle orange are present in both the aroma and flavor. Upon cooling the coffee remains luscious, mellowing toward milk chocolate. The mouthfeel is pleasingly smooth throughout. Available online for $16.50 per 12oz package.
Tasting Notes
Fragrance/Aroma: Biscuit, Chocolate, Orange Rind, Cherry Liqueur
Flavor: Milk Chocolate, Candied Date, Dark Cherry, Banana
Body: Silky
Finish: Sweet
Acidity: Balanced, Crisp

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