October 2011 Blog Posts (24)

Small Note to BXers

Just posting a small blog to say that the posts you've found (and hopefully read) here on BX are a sampling of the posts on my blog site.  If you desire to read more words that have spewed forth from the fountain that is my keyboard, then you should head over there.

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments

Coffee Kills Kittens

When I was a kid, I was afraid of anything that might be the slightest bit good for my health.  I avoided eating anything green, soy, or low-fat like it was poison, which was very difficult given my mother's persistence in buying food rich in vitamins and hiding it in my sugar.  She would cook broccoli into my brownies and carrots into my cake!  The nerve!  In retaliation, I decided I would mask everything even remotely good for me in sugar.  Every morning when I got a bowl of Chex, it was… Continue

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:32am — No Comments

OMG! They're Dead!

A few days ago, I made a latte with dead shots.  They weren't even old shots.  They weren't on their last legs, in need of a transfusion, or on life support in critical condition.  They were dead.  For those of you who aren't cued into coffee lingo, a dead shot has supposedly become gross and decomposition-y after having been made and let to sit.  Some people say they go dead after 30 seconds and some say a minute.  The point is that apparently shots of espresso have the life span of a mayfly,… Continue

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

Quality on Vinyl

Okay, so I'm at Stumptown in Portland right now and I order an espresso, latte, and scone.  Am I a worse person for the fact that I, one, see a man behind the bar with about a day's worth of growth and think "he must be new" and, two, hope that the person pulling my shots has a proper "barista" level beard?  There was, however, a person working behind the bar with no facial hair whose gender was in question (turned out it was a girl) so I automatically felt that he or she was more… Continue

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

I'll Have the "5 Dollar Bathroom Break"

I've recently been in conversation with a shop owner about transitioning from using a semi-automatic espresso machine to a fully-automatic one.  For the lay-barista, a semi-automatic machine basically means that the machine has a pump on the inside that pushes water through it.  Believe it or not, in the olden days of yor, espresso machines had big levers that pushed water through them and, subsequently, into your espresso cup.  Nowadays, most machines are automated in some way.  A… Continue

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:30am — No Comments

An Introduction to Me and Beards

I have wanted to start a coffee blog for about three years now.  The problem is that every time I've started down this trail, I'd start second-guessing my motives and experience.  It feels like, while I do really enjoy coffee, there are so many people out there who "get it" and who "know more about it" than I do.  A great example of this being my coffee-mentor Marcus.  He has traveled to coffee farms, roasted coffee in all manner of machines, and can observe and taste coffee in a way… Continue

Added by Joshua Hutcheson on October 27, 2011 at 8:29am — 1 Comment

Ethiopia Sidamo Gedeo

Ethiopia Gedeo

Southern Oromia region, bordering on Sidamo and Guji

 

Acid: medium

Body: medium-low

Texture: berry juice, powdered candy

Flavor profile: sweet natural process coffee cherry from Sidamo displaying a subtle but prototypical lemon and blueberry aroma both dry and wet.  More layered than other natural yirgacheffe coffees, flavors of peach, raisin, grape,…

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Added by scott@herkimercoffee.com on October 26, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida 7 (Here comes the sun)

With Tropical Depression 12-E passed, the clouds have soon emptied and dissipated, bringing the late morning and afternoon's clear sky and sunshine.

 

At Finca El Manzano, the new harvest is more visible each day, as cherries begin to show clearly from the trees, intermixed with still ripening beans. Early in…

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Added by Cuatro M on October 25, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida 7 (Here comes the sun)

With Tropical Depression 12-E passed, the clouds have soon emptied and dissipated, bringing the late morning and afternoon's clear sky and sunshine.

 

At Finca El Manzano, the new harvest is more visible each day, as cherries begin to show clearly from the trees, intermixed with still ripening beans. Early in…

Continue

Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #6 (Report on Tropical Depression 12-E)

After ten long days of the highest recorded rainfall in El Salvador since 1960, the rains have reached an end; at least in the torrential, 24 hours-a-day category.



However, despite the optimistic reports of the first sunshine in a week and a half, and sub-sequential reinstating of coffees back…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #6 (Report on Tropical Depression 12-E)

There are a myriad of things that happen to a coffee, between the time it is harvested from the tree, to the moment it is brewed, cupped, and tasted; and even then, takes different courses depending on the type of cup. A universal experience, yet dynamic, delicate, and unique; sacred in its unrefined,…

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Added by Cuatro M on October 25, 2011 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #5 (Weighing and Categorization Process)

There are a myriad of things that happen to a coffee, between the time it is harvested from the tree, to the moment it is brewed, cupped, and tasted; and even then, takes different courses depending on the type of cup. A universal experience, yet dynamic, delicate, and unique; sacred in its unrefined, natural essence and unabridged…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #4 (Coffees on the Patio)

 

Beneficio El Manzano is now receiving coffee cherries every day, and with that the patios are beginning to fill up with the many different batches of coffee that has been processed. Batch number eight was laid out on the patio last night, however, like the rest of the current coffees on the patio, is forced to wait out the rainy afternoons…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #3 (Profit Sharing)

Santa Ana, ES - Who remembers saving files to a floppy disk? Personally, I recall labeling each different one with permanent marker, and getting strange stares in college when attempting to retrieve a paper from one in my university library. And that was six years ago.

 

For many students in El Salvador…

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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 25, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #5 (Weighing and Categorization Process

There are a myriad of things that happen to a coffee, between the time it is harvested from the tree, to the moment it is brewed, cupped, and tasted; and even then, takes different courses depending on the type of cup. A universal experience, yet dynamic, delicate, and unique; sacred in its unrefined, natural essence and unabridged…

Continue

Added by Cuatro M on October 24, 2011 at 8:41am — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #4 (Coffees on the Patio)

Beneficio El Manzano is now receiving coffee cherries every day, and with that the patios are beginning to fill up with the many different batches of coffee that has been processed. Batch number eight was laid out on the patio last night, however, like the rest of the current coffees on the patio, is forced to wait out the rainy…

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Added by Cuatro M on October 20, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Cuatro M partners with roasters to invest in El Salvador Schools

Santa Ana, ES - Who remembers saving files to a floppy disk? Personally, I recall labeling each different one with permanent marker, and getting strange stares in college when attempting to retrieve a paper from one in my university library.And that was six years ago.

 

For many students in El Salvador however, working with computers…

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Added by Cuatro M on October 20, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #2 (Mechanical Dryers)

 

The new mechanical dryer has arrived at the plantation, and after sitting at port for a hectic week, rests disassembled, scattered about the plantation, awaiting the completion of its covering at the new patios, for installation.



After being harvested, all…
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Added by Cuatro M on October 18, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #2 (Mechanical Dryers)

The new mechanical dryer has arrived at the plantation, and after sitting at port for a hectic week, rests disassembled, scattered about the plantation, awaiting the completion of its covering at the new patios, for installation.



After being harvested, all coffee, whether…
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Added by Michael Justin Kaiser on October 17, 2011 at 9:01pm — No Comments

Beneficio El Manzano: Partida #1 - Harvest 2011-2012

The 2011-2012 coffee harvest has officially begun at Beneficio El Manzano, in Santa Ana, El Salvador; receiving its first two batches of bourbon cherries on the twelfth of September from farms: Finca El Manzano and Ayutepeque.

 

After processing and drying, the pergamino, or parchment coffee, is bagged in…

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Added by Cuatro M on October 17, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

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