Quite a long list...
El Salvador Finca Belvedere SHG - $32.50 / 2.50kg
This El Salvador from the Belvedere Estate is a strictly high grown, washed and large bean graded. Think something near the size of peanuts when roasted! This was an easy roaster and on the lighter side of CS9 produced an espresso shot with green apple brightness and a light body. Interesting different as an espresso and should work a treat in syphon, plunger and aeropress.
Australia Mountain Top Rays Selection #789 - $62.50 / 2.50kg
Mountain Top Estate Rays Selection #789. This is a very special coffee from our favourite Aussie farm. The production manager Ray selected the best and the ripest cherries during 3 consecutive days of the harvest. These beans were then semi-washed and dried using the honey process before being size graded and colour sorted. In the cup we get the best body ever from a local bean with a spicy dry finish. We liked this so much we bought the whole lot!
Yemen Mocha Haimi - $82.50 / 2.50kg
Yemen Mocha Haimi is the second of 3 Yemeni coffees direct from Al-Ezzi. The Yemen Haimi is also dry processed and while it retains some of the cocoa it come with berries and ripe fruit flavours in the big bodied espresso. Excellent single origin shots that taste like a complex blend.
Yemen Mocha Sanaani - $80.00 / 2.50kg
Is the third of 3 Yemeni coffees direct from Al-Ezzi. Yemen Mocha Sanaani is the fruitiest of the three, blood plum, black cherries and ripe mulberry still with a cocoa hit at the end. The beauty of landing these 3 regional coffees from Yemen at the same time is the unique ability to try multiple Yemen beans side by side. Amazing coffees at supermarket coffee prices, enjoy!
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Special Prep - $31.25 / 2.50kg
Yirggy, Yirggy, Yirg! We have just landed more of the special prep, double sort Yirgacheffe. Very well screened and hand graded (twice) it produces an amazing aroma off the grinder and is full of florals in the cup. Great at a CS8 light roast but still interesting at a CS9 where the body improves and you get more cocoa tones in the cup. An exciting and interesting coffee in espresso based drinks or using other brew methods like drip, plunger and syphon.
India Elephant Hills Grade A - $27.50 / 2.50kg
This is the first time that we have landed this direct trade Indian coffee. The Elephant Hills coffee hails from the Thalanar region well known for growing coffee, citrus and cardamom. Well processed and screened to A grade this is an easy coffee to roast and works well as a single origin or as a base for a traditional Italian style blend. Super sweet and quite bold in milk based drinks and should become a favourite of CSrs everywhere.
India Monsoon Malabar Gold - $21.00 / 2.00kg
India Monsoon Malabar Gold is a AA grade large screen size monsooned coffee. The coffee is left to dry on racks slowly through the wet and windy monsoon season and this unique process yeilds a light weight, large size bean. Easy to roast it produces a crema monster in the cup with heavy bodied gelatinous crema and spicy, earthy flavours. Often enjoyed as a low acidity single origin or added to a blend to improve the crema.
Due to the size of the beans this is packed in 2kg lots.
Kenya Kieni Mugaga AA - $47.50 / 2.50kg
Kenya Kieni Mugaga AA is an amazing Kenyan coffee. Large bean size and well graded it was milled by the Kieni coop who continue to produce some of the best coffees in Kenyan competition every year. This is a very hard bean that takes some heat early in the roast, it also darkens at a lower temperature (higher sugars maybe?) so roast by the probe not the colour. Huge room filling florals off the grinder and big bright espresso screams Kenyan at you. Pricey but a great example of how good a Kenyan can be.
Jamaican Blue Mountain - $96.00 / 1.00kg
Jamaican Blue Mountain. We have purchased a single barrel from the Stoneleigh coffee mill. Stoneleigh is owned by the Jamaica Coffee Corporation and is a new, state of the art coffee mill on the Blue Mountain producing the highest grade JBM available. This is one of the most expensive coffees in the world if you dont count the ones that come out of critters. Is it worth it? I have always thought the JBM is overpriced but if you have never tried genuine Blue Mountain coffee then for around $1 a cup you now can. Due to the high purchase cost this has been packed in 1kg foil bags (not 2.5kg cotton) so you wont need a second mortgage to try it.
Cup Of Excellence Nicaragua - $98.75 / 2.50kg
Cup Of Excellence Nicaragua - La Bendicion. Misael Saucedo Olivera has been growing coffee on this farm for 18 years. The varietal is a Maragogype (think as big as peanuts) and it was washed and sun dried. The Cup of Excellence judges scored this 87.19 and their Flavour/Aroma descriptors were: green apple, red berry, toast, apricot, peach, banana, black cherry, chocolate, leather, blueberry. Acidity: lively, crispy, bright, balanced. Other: rich body, walnut, hazelnut, long aftertaste. You may not find the same fruit salad in the cup but this is still one of the finest Nicaraguan coffees this season.