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    Best SOs for 09?

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    OK - maybe a little premature before last bean bay, but it must be that time of year to pick out your SO highlights. Keen to see which beans rocked our palates.... Ill get it started with my top 3:

    1. Malawi AA *- this was literally a surprise packet, found in my overdue sample pack. For an African this was not as winey or as intense as others, just smooth with plenty of choc/caramel.

    2. Peru Ceja de Selva - talk about sweet this was over the top almost as a SO but magic as a base in any blend. Use it all the time.

    3. Ethiopian Kuza - A bit like the Malawi above and reminded me of the Kenyan Rititi too - clean and balanced.

    Cant say Ive come across a bad one this year although at the risk of *being throttled and although it was still good, I thought the Waghi crop this year was not as good as last - flavours just not as developed/rich as 08???

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    As Simsy said, I havent really had a bad bean this year.
    Standouts for me were:-

    Peru Ceja De Selva
    Tanzanian Tunduru (roasted lighter for pourover and plunger)
    Sulawesi Tana Torajah Kalosi
    Costa Rica Cafetalera Herbazu
    Sumatra Blue Lintong



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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Add to that list:

    Aceh Gajah Mt
    Honduras La Central (January 2009) - roasted some of this myself a couple of weeks ago and good to the last shot

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?


    Indian Tiger Mountain A
    Mountain Top Estate Bin 35
    Mexico Veracruz Organic HG
    Nicaragua Finca Dipilto SHG

    Oh alright they were all good 8-)

    CB

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    My top three from bean bay:

    - Sumatra sipangan bolon grade 1 (awesome in milk)
    - Ethiopian yirg (espresso and french press)
    - Nicuragua diplito estate (great in all drinking styles)

    Espresso SO of the year:

    Rwandan musasa co-op

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    I liked all the beans I purchased from bean bay

    However I did like these beans the most

    Ethiopian Gambella Naturals (most purchased bean by me)

    Sumatra Mandheling Mystic &
    Sumatra Mandheling Takengon Organic

    PNG Wahgi AA

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    agree KK - Gambella and Mystic Madheling were next on my list!

    :P

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    I am still pining for more of last years Mountain Top Estate Bin 35 which to my mind is the best SO I have tasted.

    But I also really liked all the SOs in the BeanBay this year!

    Cheers


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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Bella Vista from EL Salvador.

    I got an early taste of some of the Tanzanian Rononi this week from a colleague at work who got some in her CS Brown sample pack. I think it may just scrape in to my 2009 top beans if I can roast and drink it before New years eve.

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Quote Originally Posted by 032F3C202F3D3D4E0 link=1260106334/4#4 date=1260784521
    Sumatra sipangan bolon grade 1
    Just getting through this (only got one bag :-[) mainly pour over and to me its a real stand out.
    Also agree with Oscott "Bin 35" best syphon ever :(

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Only just found this thread

    Top 5

    Ethiopian Yirgacheffe
    Ethiopian Kuza
    Peru Ceja de Selva Estate
    Mexican Tapachula el Tacana
    Aceh Gajah Mountain Grade 1

    As I sip on the Mexican...

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Quote Originally Posted by 676F777D60040 link=1260106334/10#10 date=1265236415
    Only just found this thread
    Me too!

    Would also have a lot overlap with you there cksyd - Id include the Yirgacheffe, Kuza and Peru Ceja de Selva...PNG Waghi AA and need to go look at my notes for a 5th...Im at work right now.

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Ive had so many good SOs this year that it is hard to choose.

    If pushed, Id have to say its whats going in the grinder tomorrow. ;D

    Greg

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    The Zimbabwe SO was an absolute stand out in my book. There was also some Honduras, however that may have been the year before.

    I am not having any luck at all with the Peru Ceja de Selva Estate that so many people seem to enjoy. Maybe I am not letting it rest long enough.

    For me, my staple SO is the Yirgacheffe.

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    The Fair Trade Bolivia Cavanari. If Andy is able to get more if this in the future ill be stocking up.

    PNG Waghi was a excellent even roaster and good through a range of depths. Still have some left that Im enjoying this week.

    Yirg as alway a stand out, imo and contrary to popular opinion its a great espresso bean be taken to the start of second crack.


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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    In love with these beans
    Nicaragua del Cielo Cup of Excellence

    KK

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    In lieu of my first response, it seems I was a "little" off with my dates *;D

    The Honduras Extra Bold was offered in BeanBay October 2007 *:o
    The Zimbabwe Pezuru Estate AA was offered in BeanBay April 2008

    So, Id have to go with Tanzania Tunduru AA and the Yirgacheffe as my Best SOs of 2009.

    Kudos to Andy for getting green beans from China in BeanBay too... who would have thought... China! ;)

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    In love with these beans
    Nicaragua del Cielo Cup of Excellence
    Growing on me too but not in love yet - seem to need at lot of rest to de-gas. Noticed improvement in depth of flavour at day 12 compared to the first week.

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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Add another vote for the Nicaraguan Ciima del Cielo CoE. *Really clean, complex and balanced flavours (as far as you can tell in a flat white anyway). *Found it roasted easily in my Behmor (took the roast only just into second crack), and was easy to get a perfect extraction from my humble Sunbeam cafe Ristretto.

    This was after only a few days degassing and it didnt last long after that - it was too nice! *Maybe it would have got even better with more time.


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    Re: Best SOs for 09?

    Nicaragua del Cielo Cup of Excellence!! very nice. roasted a little after 2nd and good even after 5 days..



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