Beans

There are many places to get green beans these days, but Sweet Maria’s is the name everyone knows. Personally, I go for the coops and the buying clubs. It is cheaper, messier, more personal, and overall a great time. Coops and buying clubs have distributors that volunteer to handle 132-159 lb. bags of coffee from a supplier. They take orders/commitments and ship them out. The coops and clubs with tack on fees to the order, but the beans usually still come out cheaper. I like the communal feel, and the interaction with other roasters that I get when I am looking for some good greens. Because the distributors are volunteers who love coffee themselves, there is no incentive to distribute bad coffee. They will also try to get sample beans to roast and cup before determining if it will be a good offering.

You can find me as samaritan at the GCBC or at GCC.

For those who just want to click a button, check out and await delivery:

Green Coffee by Coffee bean Direct – Good for those who *really* roast and know what they are looking for.
Sweet Maria’s – The place to learn about roasting
The Coffee Project – Comes in awesome burlap bags!

My own stash fluctuates from 20 or so lbs. to 75 (yikes!). From what I hear from other roasters, my stash is modest.

Current Stock:

  • Brazil Moreninha Formosa (10# from Stubbie at GCBC 3/07)
    Cupping notes from site:
    4.3 Dry Fragrance – white chocolate, orange
    4.3 Wet Aroma – malty, lots of subtle aromas
    7.7 Acidity – might be a bit bright for a Brazil…
    7.8 Body – Excellent mid-range, balanced
    8.0 Flavor – w00t! Sweet, nutty, fruit hints
    7.7 Aftertaste – nice
    +50
    TOTAL = 89.8

    My opinion:
    I like this one. It is a little brighter than B likes, but I don’t mind the brightness because this one is so round and sweet. On the darker roast it was a little less bright, and as a base for blending it is wonderful. I blended this with some fruity Ethiopian Sidamo and some Burundi and the result was a smooth, sweet, fruity but full cup (awesome).

  • Ethiopian Royal Sidamo GRD4 Organic Fair Trade (15# from Hanan at GCBC 3/07)
    My opinion:
    Update: This is one of my favorites right now. There is that wild and fruity undertone. I used a batch from my Moka pot to make some awesome coffee ice cream.

    Another good Ethiopian bean. This one started smelling fruity within an hour or so, and and about 3 hours after roasting had a pronounced fruit flavor (maybe even blueberry). Great flavor. I have yet to try this one alone. I had it in a blend with the Brazil Moreninha Formosa, and could pick out the Sidamo flavors. After sitting for a little while, the blueberry settles out. It still has a very Ethiopian flavor, but the berry mellows to a hint.

  • Java – Kali Bendo (15# from Glacier at GCBC 3/07)
    Notes from site:
    (1-5) Dry Fragrance: 4.75 Wonderful, incredible aromatic beautiful smell outta the grinder
    (1-5) Wet Aroma: 3.75 Vanilla, Brown sugar, spice cake, pepper,
    (1-10) Flavor: 9.0 Walnuts, chocolate, brown sugar,Maple syrup, earthy(light) type flavors/smells
    (1-10) Acidity: 7.5 Low- but right on where it should be
    (1-10) Body: 8.75- big and round-Love it
    (1-10) Aftertaste:8.0 hung with me nicely, really wonderful aftertaste, (8 is a very, very good score in my book – Look for defects and score down actually..so 8 is about as good as you get with me)
    +50

    91.75

    My opinion:
    Yes, it is full, sweet, and reeks of dark chocolate. Oh, very good. It is also mysteriously stronger than other coffees…

  • Brazil Daterra Poco Fundo Organic Fair Trade (7.5# from Joe at GCBC 4/07)
    Notes from site:
    dry- 4.1 – Winey fruit/ chocolate/spice is this really a brazil? I would definately use this SO
    wet- 4.2 -Fruit chocolate-This is unreal.
    flavor- 8.7 wild berries fruit, slight wineyness, a little wild and intense chocolate I am tempted to score in the 9’s but it was a little dirty tasting
    body- 8 loads of it
    Acid- 7.8 Higher than the Daterra because of the fruitiness
    Aftertaste- 8.3 All the flavors with the thick chocolate finish. I’m impressed.

    Total+50=91.1

    My opinion:
    Very nice and smooth, full bodied. Awesome. This one is competing with the Salvador Santa Rita.

  • Ethiopian Harrar conventional (7.5# from Joe at GCBC 4/07)
    Notes from site:
    dry-4 blueberry explosion and spice
    wet- 4.1 more
    flavor- 8.9 blueberry earthy spicey- I wish it had more chocolate but it did have some.
    acid- 7.8
    body-7.5
    aftertaste-8 dark chocolate and slight Blueberry in the finish.
    Total+50= 90.3

    My opinion:
    The first roast did not produce any blueberry, but I did roast it darker than I usually roast Harrar. It still was distinctively Ethiopian, and very enjoyable. Spice was there, and the chocolate in the finish.

  • Panama Panamaria (1# from Nathan R.)
  • Ethiopia Harrar Horse Longberry (0.75#)
  • Yemen Santi (0.75# from Nathan R.)
  • Papua New Guinea (1#)
  • Tanzania Lyamungu Peaberry (1#)
  • Costa Rica Tarrazu Dota (0.75#)
  • Salvador Santa Rita (1.25#)
  • Indonesia Sumatra Mandheling Dry Process (3#)
  • Columbia Palestina (1#)
  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Dry Processed (1#)
  • Brazil Daterra Yellow Bourbon (5#)
  • Ethiopia Harrar Horse Grade 4 (1.25#)
  • Malawi (1.5#)
  • Ethiopia Washed Sidamo (0.5#)
  • Ethiopia Lekempti (3.25#)

On it’s way:

  • Colombia Los Progresivos Inza Cauca (10# from Harryho at GCBC)
    Notes from site:
    4.4 Dry Fragrance – nutty, vanilla caramel, berry
    3.9 Wet Aroma – vanilla, floral, pine
    8.1 Acidity – really intricate – high but not overwhelming
    7.3 Body – some midrange, no bass
    7.8 Flavor – HONEY, mango, berry hints
    7.6 Aftertaste – kept reminding me to go back to this one!
    +50
    TOTAL = 89.1

Favorites:

  • Salvador Santa Rita
    Lines from U2’s Sweetest Thing run through my head.
  • Brazil Daterra Poco Fundo Organic Fair Trade (7.5# from Joe at GCBC 4/07)
    Notes from site:
    dry- 4.1 – Winey fruit/ chocolate/spice is this really a brazil? I would definately use this SO
    wet- 4.2 -Fruit chocolate-This is unreal.
    flavor- 8.7 wild berries fruit, slight wineyness, a little wild and intense chocolate I am tempted to score in the 9’s but it was a little dirty tasting
    body- 8 loads of it
    Acid- 7.8 Higher than the Daterra because of the fruitiness
    Aftertaste- 8.3 All the flavors with the thick chocolate finish. I’m impressed.

    Total+50=91.1

    My opinion:
    Very nice and smooth, full bodied. Awesome. This one is competing with the Salvador Santa Rita.

  • Ethiopian Royal Sidamo GRD4 Organic Fair Trade (From Hanan at GCBC 3/07)
    My opinion:
    Update: This is one of my favorites right now. There is that wild and fruity undertone. I used a batch from my Moka pot to make some awesome coffee ice cream.

    Another good Ethiopian bean. This one started smelling fruity within an hour or so, and and about 3 hours after roasting had a pronounced fruit flavor (maybe even blueberry). Great flavor. I have yet to try this one alone. I had it in a blend with the Brazil Moreninha Formosa, and could pick out the Sidamo flavors. After sitting for a little while, the blueberry settles out. It still has a very Ethiopian flavor, but the berry mellows to a hint.

*Not* Favorites:

  • Delta Lao – This was a gift from P&A from their time in SE Asia. I was very excited to get these beans, but when roasted they are distinctly two colors. At first I thought it might be a blend, but then I realized that I was taking them well into second crack and the light ones were still light. On closer inspection the light beans were also less dense and more brittle. I think that the beans may be a full half quakers (beans that never really matured, and don’t roast well). The coffee tastes both burnt and green at the same time. It is bitter, and has no complexity to make up for it. Sorry P&A, this is one shitty coffee. But I really enjoyed getting it, roasting it, and wondering what it would be like.

2 thoughts on “Beans”

  1. I realize, reading this post, what a great asset a good nose is for this hobby! I think sister Ariana might find coffee roasting a great hobby, if she ever has the time, even though she shouldn’t drink the stuff! 🙂

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