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Guatemala 2010 Cup of Excellence – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2010 by Chad

Another surprise winner in the 2010 Guatemala Cup of Excellence–El Injertal!  Ok, it’s not a surprise.  That makes it three straight for the Pacamara from El Injertal, and four of the last five for the farm overall.  In addition, it was the only lot to be given the CoE Presidental award for scoring over 90 points.

We’re happy to report that two of the international jury members have graced us with their collaboration on CoE or other direct coffee buying, Mary Tellie from Electric City Roasting Company, and Colleen Anunu from Gimme! Coffee.

Farm name Location Score
1 El Injerto I La Libertad, Huehuetenango 90.09
2 Las Macadamias La Libertad, Huehuetenango 89.8
2 Rosma San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango 89.8
4 Santa Ana Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 89.73
5 La Folie Jocotenango, Sacatepéquez 88.95
6 Idolia Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 88.64
7 El Tambor Palencia, Guatemala 88
8 Chalabal Acatenango, Chimaltenango 87.98
9 San Julián Palencia, Guatemala 87.93
10 Los Cuixnales y Anexos Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez 87.91
11 La Pia Palencia, Guatemala 86.38
12 Capetillo y Anexos Alotenango, Sacatepéquez 86.33
13 La Merced San Martín Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango 86.24
14 San Guayaba Palencia, Guatemala 86.17
15 Manila y Anexos Nuevo Progreso, San Marcos 86.12
16 La Bendición Yepocapa, Chimaltenango 86.05
17 La Felicidad Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 85.93
18 Santa Clara y Anexos Pastores, Sacatepéquez 85.86
19 ASUVIM Santa Clara La Laguna, Sololá 85.74
20 Las Nubes y Anexos San Miguel Dueñas, Sacatepéquez 85.67
21 San José El Yalú Sumpango, Sacatepéquez 85.55
22 Carmona Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 85.4
23 La Pampa Acatenango, Chimaltenango 85.05
24 Granja El Tempixque San Miguel Dueñas, Sacatepéquez 85
25 Santa Isabel y Anexos Pueblo Nuevo Viñas, Santa Rosa 84.98
26 San Jorge Palencia, Guatemala 84.86
27 La Soledad Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez 84.52
28 Miraflores Fraijanes, Guatemala 84.14

Honduras 2010 Cup of Excellence – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , on May 29, 2010 by Chad

Last week marked another completed Cup of Excellence competition.  The jury awarded the Cup of Excellence to twenty-five lots, including two lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.  The quality coming from the Santa Bárbara region was outstanding with 9 of the top 10 winners coming from that region.

Royal Coffee NY will be coordinating a cupping and buying group for the Honduras auction this year–hope to see some friends from last year’s cupping, and repeat our success with the 2009 Costa Rica Auction.

Lot # Farm Farmer Region Score
1 Don Amado José Amado Fernández Fernández El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 91.45
2 Las Manos Santos Alexis Domínguez Ramos El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 90.45
3 Pino De Oro Oscar Edgardo Tinoco Madrid Ojo De Aguita, Santa Bárbara 89.70
4 Fernández Cesar Agusto Fernández Fern… El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 89.70
5 Olvin Olvin Esmelin Fernández Paz El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 89.60
6 El Filo Miguel Moreno Leiva El Cedral, Santa Bárbara 89.30
7 Los Portillos Adolfo Reyes Portillo El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 88.35
8 Las Amazonas Ezri Moisés Herrera Urizar La Piedrona, La Paz 88.20
9 El Aguacate Luis Alfonzo Hernández Aguilar El Sauce, Santa Bárbara 86.90
10 Finca Bu Pompilio Ramos Archila El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 86.80
11 El Sauce Esteban Madrid Chávez San Luis Planes, Santa Bárbara 86.75
12 El Campo Daniel Moreno El Cedral, Santa Bárbara 86.55
13 Las Cascadas Jorge Alberto Vallecillo Yánez El Común, La Paz 86.40
14 El Gran Sauce Claudio Lenin Madrid Villanuev… El Sauce, Santa Bárbara 86.00
15 Linda Vista Joel Guzmán Muñoz El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 85.60
16 Angelina Lote No. 15 El Pacon COFEVASA El Pacon, El Paraíso 85.35
17 La Burra Jorge Alberto Lanza Ordoñez Lomas Limpias, El Paraíso 85.25
18 Cielito Lindo Extreberto Cáceres El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 85.10
19 La Sultana Héctor Manuel Mata La Sultana, Ocotepeque 85.05
20 Buena Vista Pedro Pineda Hernández La Cuesta, Santa Bárbara 84.80
21 Copo Mico Mariano Alejandro Mejía Quirós San Luis Planes, Santa Bá… 84.50
22 Angelina (Lote No. 16) Mario Edgardo Segura Aroca El Pacon, El Paraíso 84.50
23 La Granadilla Omar Gómez Benítez Cangual, Intibucá 84.40
24 Las Peñitas Jorge Arturo Benítez Miranda El Ocotillo, Santa Bárbara 84.20
25 Martínez Mártir Fernández El Cielito, Santa Bárbara 84.10

El Salvador 2010 Cup of Excellence – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , , on May 14, 2010 by Chad

This week marked the 2nd week in a row an international jury descended on a Central American host for a Cup of Excellence competition.  The jury awarded the Cup of Excellence to thirty lots, including three lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.  From the CoE press release on the event, the international jury was somewhat divided in its preferences for El Salvador’s choice bourbons and pacamaras.  Here’s hoping we are able to get our hands on some gems like we did with the Altamira Pacamara from last year.

Lot # Farm Farmer Region Score
1 Finca Suiza Julia Margarita Martinez Molina Apaneca-Ilamatepec 91.05
2 El Ausol Maria Elena Avila Magaña De Muyshondt Apaneca-Ilamatepec 90.48
3 La Montanita Antonio Rene Aguilar Lemus Alotepec-Metap N 90.45
4 San Isidro Bessie Batres Smith De Giron Apaneca-Ilamatepec 89.25
5 Los Andes Juan Jose Ernesto Menendez Arguello Apaneca-Ilamatepec 89.16
6 San Joaquin F.A. Pacas Y Cia Apaneca-Ilamatepec 88.86
7 Los Pirineos Los Pirineos S.A. De C.V. Tecapa-Chinameca 88.84
8 La Batalla #1 Guillermo Magaña Flores Alotepec-Metap N 88.84
9 Las Mercedes Giron Salazar Hijos Y Cia Francisco Apaneca-Ilamatepec 88.70
10 Llano Grande Proyectos De Venta Y Compra, S.A. De C.V… Apaneca-Ilamatepec 88.18
11 La Pinera Luis Alonso Araujo Cacahuatique 86.50
12 El Porvenir Adilia Encarnacion Aguilar De Pullinger Tecapa-Chinameca 86.30
13 Agabo Adda Mercedes Serarols Diaz Apaneca-Ilamatepec 86.07
14 San Carlos Carlos Alfredo Mendez Florez Apaneca-Ilamatepec 86.05
15 Cerro Negro Jose Armando Portillo Peraza Alotepec-Metap N 85.95
16 La Gloria/Nueva Granada Maria Jose Huezo Rodriguez Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.91
17 Santa Teresa I Marco Antonio Batres, Teresa Eugenia Gia… Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.70
18 Casa De Zinc Casa De Zinc, S.A. De C.V. Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.18
19 La Campanula Lima Y Socios Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.07
20 Pinares 2 Hector Manuel Velasquez Guzman Volcan de San Salvador 85.05
21 Los Amates – Tablon Los Chorros Finca Los Amates, S.A. De C.V. Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.05
22 Divina Providencia Roberto Samuel Ulloa Vilanova Apaneca-Ilamatepec 85.05
23 Villagalicia Pretoria, S.A. De C.V. Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.73
24 Opalo Daniel Ernesto Aguilar Zarco Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.68
25 El Jocotillo Anna Elaine Del Carmen Rivas De Vega Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.55
26 Santa Barbara Cia. Agrop. De Exportacion Centroamerica… Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.45
27 Las Nubes I Ernesto Lima Mena Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.39
28 El Milenio Kristal S.A. Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.36
29 Miralvalle Marta Dolores Menendez De Riera Apaneca-Ilamatepec 84.23
30 Las Palmas Los Pirineos S.A. De C.V. Tecapa-Chinameca 84.11
La Batalla Guillermo Magaña Flores

Bids for Coffee Kids – Week One Results

Posted in coffee roasting, home roasting, roasting with tags , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by Chad

Our little home roasters’ auction to benefit Coffee Kids has just finished its first week.  The last hour had a run of furious bidding, with one unlucky soul missing out of a lot by two seconds!

We were hoping for a good turnout for the first week, and we certainly got it!  Our first week lots resulted in bids totaling $1809, which was well over the retail value of the item.  It appears our bidders have latched on to the generous spirit shown by all of our donors.

Week Two lots are now open, including a BUNN STX Home Brewer, a Reg Barber Tamper, 10 lbs. of the 7th Place Guatemala 2009 Cup of Excellence green coffee, and another 16 items.  Please visit our hosts at the Green Coffee Buying Club to check out the lots.  Bid early, Bid often!  Full listing of Week Two lots is below.

Week Two – 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)
Item 2-15 Kill A Watt Model P4400 donated by GCBC member CAGurl
(Retail value $20)
Item 2-16 2 lbs. of descaling Citric Acid donated by GCBC member CAGurl
(Retail value $10)
Item 2-17 10 lbs. Guatemala 7th Place, 2009 Cup of Excellence, Puerta Verde donated by Invalsa (Retail value $161)
Item 2-18 Hario Buono V60 Kettle donated by GCBC member BoldJava
(Retail value $15)
Item 2-19 GCBC Extra-Large T-Shirt donated by GCBC member milowebailey
(Retail value $19)

Nicaragua Cup of Excellence 2010 – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , on May 5, 2010 by Chad

Last week marked the kickoff of the 2010 Cup of Excellence season, with the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition.  The International jury awarded the Cup of Excellence to twenty-seven lots, including eight lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.  A fine showing for this event.

Full listing of the winning lots can be found here; I’ve also reproduced them below.

Lot # Farm Farmer Score
1 El Esfuerzo Norlan Daniel Matute Tercero 94.14
2 Monte Cristo Jaime José Molina Fiallos 91.45
3 Un Regalo de Dios Luis Alberto Balladares Moncada 91.31
4 Santa Guadalupe Jaime Rosales Pasquier 91.10
5 Los Altos Erwin Mierisch Buitrago 90.60
6 Los Congos José René Paguaga Midense 90.52
7 Monte Libano Carlos Emilio Maldonado Hernández 90.31
8 Las Flores Gonzalo Adán Castillo Moreno 90.26
9 Santa Isabel Hernán Rodríguez Valladares 89.76
10 Santa Elena Santos Filomena Gradiz Amaya 88.88
11 La Providencia Marlene Galo López 87.57
12 Los Jilgueros Henry Enmanuel Padilla Casco 87.50
13 La Bendición Misael Saucedo Olivera 87.19
14 La Pradera David Ariel Lovo Gutérrez 87.19
15 El Poste Erling Misael Montenegro López 87.14
16 El Recuerdo José Efrain Espinales Bautista 87.00
17 Castañuela Edgar Noel Gonzales Sauceda 86.98
18 El Progreso José Noel Talavera Arauz 86.95
19 La Esperanza Esperanza del Carmen Tercero Monca 86.83
20 Maria Miguel Angel Marinez Morazan 86.81
21 Santa Gema Mario José Vilchez Urbina 86.67
22 Los Jilgueros Manuel Armando Peralta Paguaga 86.38
23 San Antonio María Teresa Tercero Alfaro 86.31
24 La Buena Etancia Absalón Antonio González Arauz 85.62
25 Linda Vista Francisco González Avilez 85.45
26 La Carolina Andres Figueroa López 85.05
27 Bella Aurora Joaquín Agusto Lovo López 84.33

Donor Shout Out – Round Two

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2010 by Chad

Another quick post to thank more of folks that have set up the this year’s home roasters’ auction for Coffee Kids, Bids for Coffee Kids for success.

Many thanks to Nelson Valverde of Invalsa Coffee, who donated  ten-pound lots of two different Cup of Excellence coffees and three microlots from Bolivia.  All of the Bolivian lots just arrived, and the CoE lots are from the 2009 Coe in Costa Rica and Guatemala.  All lots were vacuum packed in the country of origin.  Thank you, Invalsa!

Many thanks to Craig Holt, Karen KasKaren Kazmierczak, and the rest of the folks at Atlas Coffee Importers, who donated two separate lots to the auction: 10 lbs. of El Salvador Los Pirineos Pacamara and 15 lbs. of Brazil Samambia Peaberry Yellow Bourbon Pulp Natural.  Thank you, Atlas!

Many thanks to Connie Blumhardt, Kelly Stewert, and the rest of the folks at Roast Magazine.  Connie has contributed two one-year subscriptions to Roast, as well as two full sets of back issues.  Thank you Roast Magazine!

Many thanks to Jeff Woods, Paul Balmer, and the rest of the folks at Dillanos Coffee Roasters, who have donated another graphic design project like last year.  Last year’s winner is more than happy with the result, which you can see at the top of the page.  Dillanos’ graphic designers are wonderful to work with, and can easily translate your vision and mission into a logo that pops.  Thank you Dillanos!

Stay tuned to more shout outs to all the wonderful folks who have contribute d to this year’s auction.  Bidding on the month-long lots will be open until May 29th, and bidding on Week One lots will continue until 6:00 pm Central (US) on Saturday May 8th.  Week Two lots will open at 6:01 pm Central (US), Saturday May 8th, over at our host the Green Coffee Buying Club (free registration required).

Persistance Pays

Posted in coffee, coffee roasting, home roasting with tags , , , , , , , on November 15, 2009 by Chad

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A few months ago, I decided to take the plunge and host a pre-auction cupping of El Salvador 2009 Cup of Excellence samples. I was hoping to become part of a buying group for the auction that followed.  The auction came and went, and maddeningly, many of us were not able to pull a group together, despite the relatively low prices for this auction (many lots priced in the $3-$4/lb. range).

Prior to the auction, I had contacted the Colleen Anunu, Director of Coffee at  gimme! coffee, a small artisan roastery serving retail, wholesale, and web customers out of NY state. We discussed possible collaboration on Cup of Excellence buying, and agreed to compare notes on the El Salvador lots.

The auction opened, and, like the Colombia auction, I could not get together a group.   Here’s a quote from one of the many emails I sent after the auction:

There I was cobbling together folks, working on getting importing support, and BAM–auction closed. I should have done what I wanted to do and just bid on a lot and let the chips fall.

Pricing for the lot I most wanted, the #19 Altamira I, ended at $3.10.

Crushed.  It mattered not that I didn’t have the cash on had for the whole lot, or that I’d only bought my first bag of coffee little more than a year ago, or that my entire customer base is a small group of home coffee roaster spread thinly around the country.  Failure does not cup well.

Fortunately, I’ve been cursed blessed with modicum of stubbornness, so I started checking the listings for the winning bidders on each lot. Lot #19 Winning bidder….T.A.N. Coffee!  I had contacted Lay Yong Tan from TAN Coffee back in April, during the Colombia auction.  I got him on the third ring, offered my congratulations on his winning bids (he won the #21 and #25 lots as well), and asked the question du joir:  Would he be willing to sell any of the Altamira?

The answer?


(photo credit: gimme! Coffee)

Nearly five months after the auction, I purchased almost half the lot of Altamira I from TAN Coffee, and immediately sent ten 34.5 kg boxes to gimme! coffee.  Less than a week later, five boxes arrived here at No Quarter Coffee, accompanied by boxes of the #21 El Salvador, La Trinidad,  and the #27 Colombia lot, La Esperanza.  The first glimpse of the coffee housed at the freight terminal brought a smile to my face that remained for days.

Bolivia Cup of Excellence 2009 – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , on October 15, 2009 by Chad

The 2009 Bolivia Cup of Excellence competition completed October 9.  This competition was the next to last on the calendar for this year, with the Brazil competition to complete the season in November.  The international jury, led by Sherri Johns, awarded the Cup of Excellence to thirty lots, including seven lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.  A fine showing for Bolivia, which in the words of a good friend, are “a food group all their own.”

The winning farm listing can also be found on the Cup of Excellence site.

Lot Farm Farmer Score
1 Agrotakesi SA Mauricio Ramiro Diez de Medina 93.36
2 Café Sima del Jaguar A Braulio Luque Yana 92.05
3 Café Monterrey Valentin Choquehuanca Aduviri 91.62
4 Café Jacaranda Elias Choconapi Chino 91.38
5 Café Alan Coffe Luis Yujra Arismende 90.90
6 Café Central Luis Huayhua Chiji 90.71
7 Café Mondono Carmelo Mamani Titirico 90.17
8 Café Palmeiras 3 Mario Mamani Machaca 89.12
9 Café Origen Damian Huanca Flores 87.95
10 Café Gelen Ayda Titirico Hilari 87.52
11 Café COACS Ltda. Aurelio Eugenia Condori Mamani 86.62
12 Café Kantuta Rosendo Quispe Tintaya 86.33
13 Café Cooperativa San Ignacio II Anacleto Uluri Luque 86.26
14 Café Primavera II Agustina Machaca Quispe 86.12
15 Café Cooperativa San Ignacio V Juan Coaquira Mamani 85.81
16 Café Wara Wara III Lucila Isidora Quispe de Quispe 85.60
17 Café Frente a Illimani II Santusa Lucana de Mamani 85.57
18 Café Flor de Mayo Pedro Castro Conurana 85.24
19 Café Golondrina Celso David Mayta Quispe 85.24
20 Café Picaflor Valentina Flores de M. 85.21
21 Café Alto Asuncion Eleuteria Villca Salvador 85.17
22 Café Rio Cumbre de la Selva Gabriel Chura Uluri 85.14
23 Café Primavera Victor Quispe Mamani 85.00
24 Café Oro Teodocia Castro Conurana 84.95
25 Café El Sombral Damian W. Condori Poma 84.81
26 Café Rudi Franklin Cahuapaza Ticona 84.69
27 Café Flor de Mayo I Felipe Sacaca Diaz 84.60
28 Café Sofia Sofia Quisbert Castillo 84.33
29 Café Flor Rosa Martha Ojeda Mamani 84.33
30 Café Flor de B Sebastian Olori Huanca 84.21

Guatemala Cup of Excellence 2009 – Winning Farms

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Chad

The five week marathon of Central American coffee competitions came to a close this week with the finish of the 2009 Guatemala Cup of Excellence competition.   The jury awarded the Cup of Excellence to twenty-three lots, including a repeat #1 winner (El Injerto), and two lots achieving a CoE Presidential award for scoring higher than 90 points on the final day.

I’ve listed the winning lots below; the detailed listing should be available on the CoE site shortly.  Many thanks to Alistair Durie from Elysian Coffee in Vancouver for the regular blog updates and pictures from the event.  Thank you for taking the time to keep us onlookers informed.

Lot Farm Score
1 El Injerto I 91.98
2 Monte Cristo 90.58
3 Las Macadamias 89.33
4 Alotepeque (1964) 89.25
5 La Esperanza (1963) 89.25
6 Asuvim 89.05
7 Puerta Verde 88.40
8 La Providencia II 88.35
9 Carmona 88.28
10 El Socorro y Annexos 88.08
11 San Antonio de Esquipulas y Anexos 86.58
12 El Libano 85.83
13 Isnul 85.43
14 El Mirador 85.38
15 Santa Ana 85.25
16 Granja El Tempisque 85.18
17 Claima 85.15
18 El Volcan Raspado 85.10
19 San Julian 85.08
20 La Soledad y Anexos (1869) 84.95
21 Santa Clara y Anexos (1867) 84.95
22 Santa Delfina y Anexos 84.90
23 Florencia y Anexos 84.43

Road Trip – Rojo’s Roastery

Posted in coffee, coffee cupping, coffee roasting, coffee shop with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2009 by Chad

Last week I ventured to New York to participate in Royal Coffee NY’s cupping of the top twenty Costa Rica Cup of Excellence coffees.  The afternoon drive offered the opportunity for one coffee-related detour, so I chose to stop by David Waldman’s Rojo’s Roastery in Lambertville, NJ.

The first benefit of the detour was the avoidance of the New Jersey turnpike.  Sure, I had to venture near Philadelphia, but the scenery on that leg easily surpassed that of the turnpike (at least if you could get past the endless billboards advertising the Ford Focus hybid–I counted at least fifteen in and around Philly).  As I crossed the Deleware into New Jersey, not far from Washington’s crossing, I was treated to a scenic journey down River Road into Lambertville. I hadn’t expected to be reminded of my Pennsylvania rural upbringing on this trip, but the twenty mile drive along the river was an unexpected joy.  Put me right in the mood for visiting a small-town, artisan roastery.

When I arrived in the Roastery–my eyes were immediately drawn to this red beauty in the corner.

1956 Probat UG15

David was positioned a little off to the right, testing out a shot pulled from an Quickmill Andreja Premium espresso machine he was working over.  After he finished pulling and tasting the shot, we sat down to chat.  David has an extensive coffee history, though he started off as a home roaster.  We talked about his pride and joy, the 1956 fully rebuilt Probat UG15  roaster.  He described the work he and Marty Curtis did to disassemble, refurbish, and reassmble the roaster.  David picked up the roaster from the original owner, and obtained all of the original sales documentation from Probat.  The full pictorial history of the refurbishment can be found here

We talked green coffee, including David describing his early involvement with Abdella Bagersh’s Idido Misty Valley coffee, and his friendships with some of the bigger East Coast coffee names–George Howell, Peter Guilano, Marty Curtis, and others.    We shared stories about many of the last year’s lots of coffee that we both enjoyed, lamented that much of the best coffee ends up on the West Coast, and bounced green bean storage ideas off each other.  David brewed a Yemen Hufashi on the Clover–he talked about his disappointment with the bean, but then he was comparing it to last spring’s Sana’ani lot from Royal NY (one of the best Yemeni coffees in recent memory).  I also sampled the house Fetco brew of Timor FTO Maubesse, and his head barista pulled a double shot of their espresso blend.  They just finished installed a new three-group Synesso, and she thought the shots were pulling too acidic–all high-end flavors with no bass note.  I didn’t think them too sour, but agreed with her assessment.  David had to cut short our time (I think we could have talked all evening) to make some deliveries.  He runs the roastery as a one-man band–roaster, bagger, buyer, cupper, deliverer, forklift driver–you name it.

Huge thanks to David and his staff for the coffee and mostly the time taken out of a busy schedule to sit back and talk.   Call this a regular stop everytime I head to The Big Apple.

Rojo’s Roastery
243 North Union Street
Suite 150
Lambertville, NJ 08530
(609) 397-0040

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