Cerro de Jesus, Nicaragua from Coffee Island, London

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It’s crisp. It pops. It hops. Notes of hop and barley, is that a stout or a coffee. Nice natural brought from our trip to the U.K. in summer 2017. Also: a nice coffee shop, if you visit London.

Sista Africa, Rwanda from Playground, Hamburg

Smooth, harmonic. Juicy components reminding me of apricot and peach.

And there was no better place to drink this coffee than between the 1000 hills of Rwanda. Took some packages of this great beans to our Rwanda trip in December.

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Manantiales (Geisha), Colombia from Hoppenworth & Ploch, Frankfurt

I had blueberries for breakfast this morning. … And now I have the last cups of that sweet Geisha and I enjoy once again a full mouthful of berry goodness. Some green tea in the finish, some herbal notes, a tiny hint of Australian Shiraz with some barrel treatment. I will miss this one.

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Don Nacho, El Salvador from Hoppenworth & Ploch, Frankfurt

Herbal, juicy, peachy. Rock solid honey processed with a charme and a kick of grapefruit.

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Ye Genet, Ethiopia from Hoppenworth & Ploch, Frankfurt

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A mouth full of berries, fruit tea, and fermentation on heavy rotation. Kicking you awake and even giving you a tasteful experience, when you catched a heavy cold, your nose is k.o. and even chili con carne tastes flat. This natural has power.

Coffee botany 101

Great lecture on the SCA lectures podcast on coffee botany from Emma Sage.

Kenya Ken, Weithaga AA, Muranga, Kenya from Caffènation Speciality Coffee Roasters, Antwerp

Great coffee which was even three month after roasting still pretty crisp. Plum, hazelnut and a deep melancholie of black tea and whiskey.

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German Penegos, Finca El Jordan, Columbia from taf, Athens

Melodic sweetness, fruity pleasure and yummi warmth. This coffee is like a trip to the candystore. No industrial candy. Craft candy. If this is a thing.

Idido, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia from Blommers, Nijmegen

A spontanious stop on the way from Brugges to Hamburg that costs us 2 hours of time and a 36€ speeding ticket (for beeing 4 km/h to fast). But totally worth it. Loaded a kilogram of best stuff from that dutch coffee shop and it did not only make me very happy. Sweet as honey, pretty balanced for a natural, smooth as an apricot juice and hints of black currant and caramel.

Shilichorr, Sidama (Espresso), Ethiopia from Hænowitz&Page, Basel

Dark heavy, nutty. Memories to this coffee’s taste fade away. But the purchasing experience at the roastery in Basel and the whole day there are still alive in my mind.

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