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In the coffee world, there is always both!
|In our small corner of the coffee world, I usually focus on the good news and try to minimize the bad. However, sometimes it comes home anyway.
Good News! — Coffee from Bolivia has returned. It’s as delicious as ever. Roasted dark, it is robust, full bodied with hints of smokiness, chocolate, caramel and just a touch of fruit in the background. It has a very broad palate and complexity that will appeal to many coffee drinkers who lean toward the dark side.
Good News! — Coffee from Honduras has returned. Roasted in the mid range, this coffee is one of the smoothest, mellowest coffees we’ve had since La Minita came on the scene. This coffee is definitely a crowd pleaser with no nastiness that would offend anyone.
Not So Good News! — We are almost out of Peru with no chance of getting more within the near future. When I made our last purchase from our distributer, I discovered that their warehouse was empty. When I tried to find out why, I was simply told that they had been unable to buy a container of the last crop. I have checked with a couple of other potential sources, but so far I’ve come up empty handed.
Good News! — Many of you have seen or met a young man operating the roaster. This is JD, and I’m impressed with the promise he is showing of roasting. Not only does he understand the process and operation of the machine, but he likes coffee and seems to have the required intuitive touch for listening and responding to the beans. Introduce yourself and thank him for doing a good job.
Not So Good News! — You’ve no doubt heard about increased coffee prices. We all have. The question as always is how much is political, how much is market manipulation and how much is “real” based on honest supply and demand free enterprise. We will watch prices, as we always do, but maybe a bit closer. Please be assured that I am very slow to respond to such news and we will never raise prices simply because everyone else is.
Funny News! — This month’s coffeereview.com has a fascinating and somewhat humorous look at instant coffee. The editors tried to take an objective look at the instant coffee market and their report is worth reading or at least scanning. Take a look.
Thanks for listening. David