New Crop Centrals
The sweet smell of fresh green coffee inundates our roasteries this time of year, as new crop coffees roll into production. As of early July, all of our Centrals are new crop, except El Salvador Siberia Pacamara . Our 2008 lot has shipped, however, and I anticipate a late July delivery of that coffee – we should be roasting new crop Siberia by August. In addition to all the American coffees, we’re also enjoying a new crop Kenya , a nice little Nyeri coffee, as well as fresh Ethiopia Harar , and a recent delivery of Sumatra Lake Tawar . These three coffees deserve a post of their own at a later time.
Highlights on just a few of our standout Centrals:
Our latest arrival of Organic Costa Rica Cerro del Fuego is fantastic. The year’s first roast just yesterday by Steely Van revealed great balance, with citric acidity and syrupy body. "Tropical fruits and nuts" from the official description only scratches the surface – complex and inviting, "tropical fruits" goes deeper to ripe mango and juicy pineapple, while "nuts" means everything from chewy cashew to macadamia.
Organic Mexico La Trinidad is another big winner. I am particularly fond of La Trinidad this time of year, when it shows youthful acidity in concert with the heavy and sweet candy bar milk chocolate flavors it has really become known for. This is one of the coffees I repeatedly have been brewing at home.
My other at-home brewer is Costa Rica La Minita del Sol . Whoa, this coffee is amazing. This one goes to eleven. Super intense, super breakfasty, with brilliant flavors of sugary sweet maple syrup and fresh-off-the-tree orange and tangerine citrus notes. This coffee has massive flavor, and a resounding presence. Eleven, for sure.
The last honorable mention today is Guatemala El Valle . Now, we usually prefer this coffee later in the year as it settles into its caramelly brown sugar and Zacapa Rum phase, but early in the year it is to be admired as well. Now is when it’s easier to find those somewhat elusive smoky, incense-influenced spice notes that we love so much. This coffee was recently reviewed by Ken Davids on his Coffee Review website, where he scored it 89. View it here .
So, enjoy! I’d love to read your comments on what’s been outstanding for you as well.