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Thread: What happened to Peru Ceja de Selva AAA green beans?

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    Question What happened to Peru Ceja de Selva AAA green beans?

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    This used to be my go-to bean for roasting, as the beans were always high quality (big, consistent, undamaged), easy to roast and tasty. But now only the A variety of this is for sale here? Has the quality of the bean gone down or its the same stuff but "reclassified"?
    I fry in a rotisserie air-fryer and always drink with milk. Been really enjoying these Peruvian beans, but if they're no longer AAA then i might need to consider something else? Any recommendations for a quality bean that's easy to roast?
    I've tried the Indian Hills AA and PNG AA ones before and found them good but not quite as good as the Peru AAA.

    thanks in advance!

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    Pretty sure that the 'AAA' rating referred to just the size grading.
    The current batch appears to use a different grading preference but I'd be pretty sure that the beans are of the same quality in the cup...

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    This variety is also a regular on my list.
    If you were enjoying this variety, why don't you give the A grade a try. I don't see anything in the notes that would discourage me from giving them a crack

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    Might I suggest you not use white text, at least if you want to be read, as the default view for the site is a white background.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Javaphile View Post
    Might I suggest you not use white text, at least if you want to be read, as the default view for the site is a white background.


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    Go ahead and use C&P, just remove the color tags/codes prior to hitting post.


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    Answer is simple:
    Coffee beans grow on trees and there are only so many of them grown each year.

    The AAA was (and will always be) just a special, very small quantity bean and each season we have bought their whole crop. When it's gone it's gone till they grow more and we land 'em!

    The A from the same estate is produced in larger volumes and we can buy more of them. In the cup they are very similar but visually differ a lot.

    As always on CoffeeSnobs, if you like something buy more of it to help buffer the seasons, freight lag and availability.

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    I'm about to finish my first bag of Peruvian CDS. Have been wanting to pick up some Colombian VGE as that appears to be another crowd favorite along the likes of Indian EH and Peruvian CDS
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    Thanks Andy, and everyone else that's replied. Makes sense.

    So are the "A" ratings to do with size, specifically? I believe (maybe wrongly?) that the bigger beans roast better in my setup. What would be good advice for alternatives? The india hills and the PNG "AA"'s? Any others?

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    Yes, the AAA is a (special) size grading and larger than the A. There is no good reason that you get better results and I doubt anything that you couldn't easily fix in your process.

    Changing to another bean (they are all great BTW, else we wouldn't offer them!!!) will introduce new variables that you will have to chase too.

    Seeing that you like the Peru and haven't even tried the Peru A I suggest you start with it then decide that if you can get the same results. I just dropped 15kg into the roaster and it looks beautiful.
    peru.jpg
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    ok, will give the Peru A a go, thanks Andy!

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    Hmm. My historical orders tell me we have purchased around 170kgs of Peru Ceja de Selva since 2009.
    Must have something going for it
    Brett.
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