Archive for April, 2010

Donor Shout Out – Coffee Importers

Posted in coffee, home roasting with tags , , , , , , , on April 30, 2010 by Chad

Just a short post to thank several of the folks that have set up this year’s home roasters’ auction for Coffee Kids, Bids for Coffee Kids to succeed.

Many thanks to Andrew Miller, Anna Mrdutt, Tim O’Brien, and all the rest of the folks at Café Imports, who have donated a full 60kg bag of what I am told is one of, if not THE top Kenya AA Auction lot out of their latest container.  Kenya Their AA Auction Lot, with the following notes:

Structured, bright, key lime, chocolate, ruby red grapefruit, currant, juicy, balanced, citrus, grapefruit, stonefruit, clean, currant, raspberry, lemon.

Thank you, Café Imports!

Another round of thanks goes to Jaime Schoenhut, Richard Borg, Andrew Blyth, Camilo Yubank, and the rest of the folks at Royal Coffee New York.  These fine folks donated a full 69kg bag of El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural.  Cupping notes for this coffee:

Sweet start followed by creamy, milk chocolate and cherry flavors, a fully-developed body and a lemony-orange finish

Thank you, Royal Coffee NY!

The last round of thanks goes to Leah Warren and the fine folks at the Mercanta USA office in Lynnwood, Washington.  These kind folks donated a full 69kg bag of Peru Organic El Guabo.  Cupping notes:

Intense notes of molasses, a very rounded syrupy mouthfeel and sugar cane sweetness, combined with a tartaric acidity.

Thank you, Mercanta!

Stay tuned to more shout outs to all the wonderful folks who have contribute d to this year’s auction.  Bidding begins tomorrow at 6:01 pm Central (US) time, over at our host the Green Coffee Buying Club (free registration required).

Our Generous Friends

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by Chad

As we rapidly approach the opening of this years Bids for Coffee Kids auction to benefit Coffee Kids, more and more generous friends are standing up to support our cause.

Last last night, I got a message from Nick Cho, offering to donate one or more 3-hour coffee brewing/espresso training sessions or coffee cupping/green coffee grading sessions to the auction.  After a few back and forth messages, Nick settle up on the following two donations on behalf of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, which have been added to our Month Long items:

Item M-7: 3-hour customized cupping and/or green coffee grading training with Trish Rothgeb

Item M-8: 3-hour customized training on espresso and brewing with Nick Cho

Thank you both for such a generous offer.  It’s wonderful to have you in DC!

3-hour customized cupping and/or green coffee grading training with Trish Rothgeb

Bids for Coffee Kids – Master Item List (Part One)

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , on April 26, 2010 by Chad

This years Bids for Coffee Kids auction opens up in less than a week, and we’ve assembled a huge array of items!  All proceeds go to Coffee Kids, a group that creates education, health care, micro-credit, and community-based programs for coffee farmers and their families.

There are over 60 items to choose from (month-long and 1st two weeks posted below) and they will be available at different times throughout May 2010.  Unless otherwise noted, all coffee listed is green.

Shipping for all items is paid by the donor or Auction committee sponsor, only within the continental U.S.  Should the winning bidder reside elsewhere, the Auction week host will ask the vendor if they are willing to ship internationally, with the winning bidder paying the difference between US shipping and international shipping.

The auction opens at 6:01 pm Central (US) time, Saturday, May 1.  Each week’s items close on Saturday following, at 6:00 pm Central (US) time, with the final week closing May 29.

If you’re not bidding and would like to make a donation directly to Coffee Kids, click here.

To find additional information, or to participate in the auction, please visit the Bids for Coffee Kids threads over at the Green Coffee Buying Club.   Please note that you will need to register at GCBC to view or to participate in the auction.

All Month Listing, six items open from May 1 to May 29

Item M-1 Hottop KN-8288B Coffee Roaster donated by No Quarter Coffee (Retail value $720)
Item M-2 Behmor Coffee Roaster donated by Joe Behm (Retail value $300)
15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item M-3 Gaggia Coffee espresso machine with PID ( w/OPV modification and Silvia Wand) donated by milowebailey (Retail value $400)
Item M-4 Bacchi Espresso Machine donated by Orphan Espresso (Retail value $395)
Item M-5 An invitation to the 2nd Annual Best Palate in the MidWest Cupping, BoldJava’s Home, Aug 20-21, 2010 (Retail value priceless)
Item M-6 Custom Built Stainless Steel BBQ Drum – 2 lbs. capacity donated by CoffeeRoastersClub (Retail value $221)

Week One, twelve items open from May 1 to May 8

Item 1-1 Mypressi Twist donated by Mypressi (Retail value $170)
Item 1-2 Graphic Design Project donated by Dillanos Coffee (Retail value ~$200)
Budding entreneur? Soon-to-be launched website? One graphics/logo design package, to occur in approximately a 3-week project window, by one of the finest roasters and brand consultants in the coffee industry. Check out the quality of Dillanos’s design and artistic touch at Dillanos.com.
Item 1-3 One year subscription to Roast Magazine (Retail value $30)
15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 1-4 Roast Magazine Hard Copy Back issues (2008-2009) (Retail value $50)
15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 1-5 5 lbs. Brazil 2009 Cup of Excellence #9 Fazenda Santa Helena Ii donated by GCBC member Mike (Retail value $60)
Item 1-6 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)
Item 1-7 10 lbs. Tanzania Peaberry Songea donated by Our Coffee Barn (Retail value $45)
Item 1-8 Hario Skerton Hand Grinder donated by GCBC member headchange4u (Retail value $40)
Item 1-9 3-cup Tokio siphon, Hario Skerton Grinder, 12oz. Roasted coffee (roaster’s choice) donated by Caffe d’Bolla (Retail alue $97)
Item 1-10 15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 1-11 15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 1-12 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)

Week Two, fourteen items open from May 8 to May 15

Item 2-1 Roast Magazine Hard Copy Back issues (2006-2007) (Retail value$50)
15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-2 Roast Magazine CDROM Back Issues (2004-2005) (Retail value $50)
15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 2-3 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)
Item 2-4 BUNN STX Home Brewer donated by BUNN (Retail value $150)
Item 2-5 10 lbs. El Salvador Los Pirineos Pacamara donated by Atlas (Retail value $75)
Item 2-6 Reg Barber Tamper (size selected by winner) donated by 1st in Coffee (Retail value $70)
Item 2-7 Bialetti Mukka Express, Stove Top Espresso Maker donated by Our Coffee Barn (Retail value $75)
Item 2-8 Cory rod (new in box), and five Yama siphon filters donated by GCBC member BoldJava (Retail value $23)
Item 2-9 Aeropress Coffee Maker donated by Aeropress (Retail value $25)
15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-10 15 lbs. PNG Kimel Peaberry donated by GCBC member draagoth (Retail value $45)
Item 2-11 15 lbs. El Salvador Cerro Las Ranas Pulp Natural (RFA) donated by Royal Coffee NY (Retail value $45)
Item 2-12 15 lbs. Peru El Guabo donated by Mercanta (Retail value $40)
Item 2-13 15 lbs. Kenya Auction Lot donated by Café Imports (Retail value $83)
Item 2-14 Tambaroo French Kiss – French Press accessory donated by GCBC member peter (Retail value $15)