28 Aug '12, 2am

Sweet Marias just got a new batch of my fav coffee. 5 pounds ordered & on the way

This is a Red Bourbon lot from a farm in San Martin Jilotepeque called Finca La Esmeralda. We've been so pleased with it this past few years, that we pay a hefty premium to farmer Benjamin Estrada in exchange for a premium coffee. What is Red Bourbon? It is a classic old varietal that originated on the island of Bourbon (now Reunion), and named for the royal family of France at the time. It's an ideal coffee for high altitude cultivation, and results in dense physical structure of the coffee seed. This is great for roasting, as it promotes even heat transfer, and less damage to the bean structure. Bourbon coffees tend to have a "classic" Central American cup profile. This type ripens to a red color; we had bought the yellow bourbon from this farm but for the last harvest we felt the cup did not measure up to his red bourbon. Much of the yellow bourbon are very young planti...

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