Thursday, January 31, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
After a little bit of experimenting; we came to a conclusion and are very happy to have this new Little Green Bag blend on the rails.
With 2/3 of Burundi Kibuye and 1/3 of Malawi Pamwamba AAA we found a very spiced coffee mixture.
There's a big touch of salt in the start, with refined acidity (not too much!) and thyme and pepper. We have a hint of liquorice and a lot of orange blossom.
Here you find 2 files that we posted to the online members when they received these 'singles' as their filter of the week.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Every year I make a trip to Origin. As a Specialty Coffee Roaster you need to know what's going on in the field, the coffee field.
And it was December 26th of 2012 i was looking at this 'Equator' sign at the outskirts of Meru, a small city above Mount Kenya. Next to it you may spot the sign for the Coffee Research Foundation Mariene Sub-Station.
At this Center they offer 9 different services to the local farmers, and mean while experiment a lot with different varieties.
Most important are the soil, leaf, coffee beans, fertilizer and pesticide analyses.
But besides of that they also sell beans.
KES 4000 for a kilo of Batian and Riuri11.
KES 1000 for SL 28,34 and K7.
(100 KES is appr. €1)
At first I was shocked they priced the Riuri11 so high, but this variety seemed to be the 'specialty of the house'. In Riuri, 20 km north of Nairobi, they have their head quarters, and this maybe inspired them to push it.
The recent Riuri 11 cultivar is a dwarf, high-yield, disease-resistant strain but we are not so fond of this evolution. Most top class Kenyan coffees are from the SL28 and 34, or a cross of both. Also latest Batian harvest seems to show a lot of potential, but not so with the Riuri11, which has a 8% robusta gene inside!
For the moment it has only 3 or 4% of the total harvest.
The Batian even less.
Read this very interesting article about it : click it.
Daniel, who's working at the Lewa Wild Park, helped me and my friend Gerard with translating the guide from the Center.
The guide showed us their activities and we also had a look at the drying beds (with the beans still in parchment and covered because of boxing day), washing station, coffee nursery and offices.
Very impressing were a couple of Uganda Robusta trees they had. 3 very tall trees, almost 8 meters high!
Small parts of the plants were cut out - with 2 leaves for moisture - and attached to the stam of the other tree, just with tape. A funny looking practice, but apparently very effective.
Enjoy the pictures and don't hesitate to drop by for a visit when you are around the area.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dit gezegd zijnde lijkt het me echter vrij contradictorisch; koffie en Ethiopië worden immers heel dikwijls met dezelfde adem uitgesproken en daar is reden voor.
De plaats waar het allemaal begon heeft duizenden verschillende bonen en smaken en het is dan ook niet verwonderlijk dat we er af en toe eentje uitpikken.
Deze Fair Trade Certified koffie hebben we op kop weten tikken bij Inter America in Hamburg. Zij werken veel samen met de Oromia Coop en deze Sidamo is de beste Sidamo die we in 2012 hebben mogen proeven en nog altijd op smaak zo laat in het seizoen.
Ethiopië is en blijft wel een arm land en veel van de boeren leven een vrij traditionele levensstijl, dikwijls boerend op kleine percelen en wonend in hutten zonder elektriciteit, lopend water en toilet. De Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (OCFCU) probeert deze mensen bij te staan en hun een minimum faire prijs voor de koffie's te garanderen.
Deze extreem 'high elevation-grown' bio coffee is heel verfrissend met zijn vrij heldere aciditeit. Een fruitige koffie (ik proef framboos) met bloemige noten, waarin ze precies wat groene thee bij gedaan hebben. De Sencha overheerst vrij sterk, maar dat maakt de koffie ook zo uniek.
Laat het smaken en tot volgende week, Rob
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Top 5 Filter coffees :
1. Kenya Chomo AA
2. Kenya Karimikui PB
3. Costa Rica Monte Cadet Estate
4. Mexico COE Lot #5
5. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Q-Grade
Top 5 Espresso coffees :
1. El Salvador Chalatenango El Progreso
2. Kenya Karimikui PB
3. Colombia El Meridiano
4. Rwanda Vunga
5. Costa Rica Monte Cadet.
Still plenty of the Karimikui available. Who wants some? :-)
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Best wishes for the new year and here we are again with the lists.
Not so fanatic any more on the music front. Mostly because I'm not doing a lot of bar work, but also because the music station is a bit far away from the shop part, where I spend the most of time when i'm hanging around.
Still a lot of great music last year though and even a recent album on number 1.
1) JACK WHITE : BLUNDERBUSS, on Third man/Colombia
This genius sounds like a Jimmy Page/Robert Plant kind of hybrid and back at full force with this epic album.
It's funky, soulfull, bluesy, romantic and agressive at the same time. It's melodic and funny, very acoustic, femenin and with touches of country and garage rock. Yes, a magic disc indeed.
Click here for one of my favourite parts. (crazy shit!)
2) HERBIE HANCOCK: BLOW UP (SOUNDTRACK) on MGM Records 1966.
I remember buying this vinyl almost 20 years ago (in Hasselt) and rediscovering it now on CD.
The movie is a classic, but the music is even better.
What a band Herbie collected; My favourite trumpetist Freddie Hubbard was there that day, but also Jimmy White, Jim Hall, Jack deJohnette, Phil Woods and Ron Carter.
And then I didn't even mention Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page with their Yardbirds rocking and rolling for 2 minutes and 49 seconds!
Enjoy this epic 60's moment in this 3 minute clip.
3) PLASTIC BERTRAND : AN 1 on amc records in 1978.
I didn't even know he ever did more than dancing in this absurd 'Ca Plane Pour Moi' video. And the full album those days just stopped climbing in the charts at number 42, but I love it.
It's funny punk rock from Belgium from a decade long ago. It reminds me of Jacques Dutronc, but even less serious.
You wanne have fun in your bar : turn it on and play it loud!
And for those who don't understand a word of French : this is a brief translation of one of the 'couplets' :
what a vibration!
to be sent on the door mat
filed, ruined, drained, filled
You are the King of the divan!
she says to me in passing
I am the King of the divan
CA PLANE POUR MOI
4) Johny Cash & June Carter : The collection.
5) Gary Numan : The Pleasure Principle
6) Sly And Robbie : Taxi
7) Stanleys Clarke : School Days
8) Archie Shepp: For Losers/Kwanza
9) Airto : Fingers
10) The Legendary Shack Shakers : Swampblood.
You want to enjoy all of this and much more : drop on by at Caffenation; from now on we'll be open every day till Christmas.