New Crop Brasils and Sumatra
MARCH RESERVES: TWO BRASILS AND A SUMATRA
We've been priveleged to carry some great coffees through to the end of the 2010 growing year. Often, in March and April, roasters can be discouraged as they wait for new crops from Africa and the Americas to start arriving, and many years we have felt this same discouragement. This year, however, we are quite thrilled to have two delicious new crop Brasils (one of which is a single-origin espresso), and a classic Sumatra. We realize this Sumatra is not for everyone. It's earthy, huge in body, and doesn't have the refinement many people have come to expect from clean Central and South American coffees. And to those people, we simply say, this coffee is not for you.
FAZENDA CAPÃO - BRASIL
Tasting Notes: Comfort coffee. Sweet, toasty, round, warm,
Altitude: 1280 m
Owner: Glacimário M. Santos
Region: Chapada Diamantina (Bahia)
Processing: Pulped natural and dried on patio
TAKENGON MANDHELING - SUMATRA
Tasting Notes: Giant body, earthy dark chocolate, and Burgundian forest
floor. Sumatra haters keep quiet; this is not for you!
Certifications: Fair Trade & Organic
Grade: Grade 1 Mandheling
Region: Aceh, North Sumatra
Processing: Wet hulled
Varietals: Bergendahl, Djember, Ateng, Catimor, Java
CARMO ESTATE - BRASIL (Single Origin Espresso)
Tasting Notes: It’s back baby! Mild, sweet, generous body, brown sugar,
Region: Minas Gerais
Owner: Túlio Henrique Rennó Junqueira
Varietals: 100% Yellow Bourbon
Altitude: 950-1200 M
Prep: Pulped natural, patio dried
TRIP TO ORIGIN: VISIT TO FARMS IN GUATEMALA
Perhaps even more exciting than our current list of coffees is the trip that many of our staff are taking part in right now. Lead by Grady and JJ, some JJ Beaners are experiencing a coffee education and purchasing trip through a number of farms in Guatemala, many of which have produced coffees that we've been drinking this past year. The goal is not only to expose more of our staff to the processes behind the coffee we drink, but also to build vital relationships with the farmers and workers the produce our coffee.
The following week, another group of JJ Bean staff will be heading down to Guatemala to be building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
Check out our website in the coming weeks for an update on the trips with photos and journals of the staff who went.