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The excitement level at the roasting facility always rises when we receive a large, white envelope (or box) filled to the brim with green coffee samples. This white envelope represents a great potential; it represents the great potential for amazing coffee. Needless to say, when said white envelope arrived from Hacienda La Esmeralda in Panama, a low buzz resonated among the staff. “When are we going to cup the samples? When is the auction? How are these coffees going to compare to last year? How will the newer harvest areas compare to the traditional Esmeralda Special areas?”
For those of you who are unaware of the significance of samples from Hacienda La Esmeralda, let me fill you in on a little bit of the back-story. In 1996 the Peterson Family bought a coffee farm in the Jaramillo region of Panama. They knew that the farm contained many different varietals and that it produced an overall good quality cup. In 2002, Daniel Peterson had the idea that the overall “good” quality of the cup might be due to one spectacular variety of coffee or area of the farm bringing up the overall quality of the cup. That year, Daniel went around cupping the coffee from different sections of the farm. Much to his excitement, he discovered that one section of the farm, and specifically one special varietal, produced an amazing cup. This special varietal was an Ethiopian varietal called Geisha. When the Peterson’s entered their Geisha coffee into the 2004 Best of Panama competition, the judges were stunned. That year it sold for record prices, topping $20 a pound green. The buzz around this coffee did not stop after that year. It continued to win ALL the possible awards in the specialty industry, distinguishing itself as one of the best coffees in the world. Just last year, the top lot sold for another mind blowing record price of $130 a pound green. We have been fortunate to purchase this coffee for years, and this year we are looking forward to another great crop.
Back to the samples… During the last 2 years, the Petersons have withheld their Esmeralda Special from the Best of Panama competition in order to give other farmers a chance. Instead of using the Best of Panama competition and auction to sell their coffee, they have created their own auction system, dividing their Geisha variety coffee into separate batches that represent different parts of the farm, different altitudes and different harvest times.
Last week, we roasted and cupped this year’s Esmeralda Special harvest samples, and we were blown away. We do not want to give away too many specifics, but we were very happy with this year’s harvest. Most of the batches that we cupped were bursting with flavor. There were beautiful floral notes abounding. Strawberry, bright orange citrus and peach highlight these coffees. It looks like we will have another year of astounding Esmeralda Special. The auction is coming soon, May 19th, and we will keep you updated about which batches we purchase and when we expect them to arrive. If you would like to watch the auction live, go to http://coffee.stoneworks.com/auction/index.cfm on May 19th.
-by Robert T Jones
With so many wide and varied coffee producing regions throughout the world it is hard to know what to expect when you buy a coffee from these places. Some of regions rely on small independent farmers to produce the coffee other regions are run by the multinational companies. We are well aware of how famous Java is in the world of coffee, it has now become a second name for coffee. But there a many less well known regions that are producing some of the most outstanding coffee in the world, These beans get their unique flavours and aromas from the way they are grown and processed, for instance some regions in the Americas grown their coffee in the shade, while other prefer their beans to be grown on the slopes of mountains. To name and describe ever region of coffee producing world would take a little longer than I can afford, but they can be broken down into the main regions so you get a general overview of what to expect of the coffees from these regions.
The largest and most diverse of all the regions, coffee is produced from the Caribbean all the way through south and central America and as far as Hawaii. Most of these coffees can be described as having a well balance and medium bodied flavours, because of these characteristics many of the coffees from the Americas are perfect from bending with other strong more acidic coffee verities. Some other well known characteristics of these coffees are chocolaty and nutty tones. Probably the most famous of all the American coffee’s are the kona coffee produced on the slopes of the volcanic Hawaiian mountains and the blue mountain coffee of Jamaica which is the highest mountain in the Caribbean.
Africa and the Middles East.
With Ethiopia being the birth place of coffee Africa has a long history with the Coffee bean and some of the most famous coffees have their origin in African and the Middle East, Mocha Coffee got it’s name from a port in Yemen. Coffee from these regions will always remain popular with each region having its own unique flavours and aromas and this is mostly down to the wide variety of climates from the desert like regions of the Middle East to the tropical regions of the Cameroon and Kenya. Even though there are many different varieties of African coffee you are always assured of a wonderful cup of coffee.
Asia And Indonesia
Almost 75% of all the coffee beans produced in this region come from the Canephora plant, with the remainder produced from the Arabica plant, The tropical and sub-tropical climates of these regions make the ideal conditions for growing some of the world’s finest coffee beans. In general these coffees are low in acidity with a full body and distinctive aromatic flavours of earthy tones. Because the beans are low in acidity with a strong body they are often used in a blend with a milder coffee usually from Africa or the Americas. Some of the most well loved of all the Asian coffee’s are the monsooned malabar coffee produced in India. This is one of the most unique coffees in the world as the beans are left in open sheds though out the monsoon season. This imparts a wonderful unique flavour to the beans. Another famous coffee is Kapal Api which produced on the Indonesian island of Java and in the past 80 it has grown to be a world famous brand.
As you can see that the choice and variety of coffee today is endless, and if you decide to roast your own green Coffee beans not only will have the freshest cup of coffee imaginable but you can also begin to experiment with different blends of coffee from around the world.
Imagine an elegant small plate with a pool of hot fudge sauce. In the center floats an island of creamy cupcake-shaped cappucino pudding with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a chocolate covered espresso bean on the tippy-top for garnish. The coffee and cinnamon in this recipe make a wonderful flavor combination.
Five years ago I created Gourmet CoffeeXpress because of Roy…my British boyfriend. After visiting me here in the US he was taken by the flavored coffee, Coconut Cream. After returning to England he could find any coconut cream or most any flavors in coffee. He begged me to ship him some. I decided to create a business to get fabulous coconut cream flavored coffee over to Roy, the Brits, and America! (Sadly Roy has since died😦 GOURMET COFFEEXPRESS is my hallmark to his memory.) Hyperlink to Gourmet CoffeeXpress