By Mike Perry
It is the end of March the perfect time for cupping Centrals, hence the reason for my current travels to Guatemala, El Salvador and Panama. I will be arriving in Guatemala from a red-eye out of Los Angeles on Thursday, March 31, 2011. Once I arrive in Guatemala I will be cupping El Retiro and Covadonga. Both farms were just beginning to be picked while I was in Guatemala last month with Liz, our Associated Barista Trainer, during our origin trip. This trip is dedicated to reassurance of quality and choosing the best-of-the-best from these great farms.
I will only be in Guatemala for only three days then I take quick trip to El Salvador to cup lots with the "Queen of Las Mercedes," Lucia Ortiz. This year we will be bringing back all our favorites including first place Cup of Excellence (COE) Pepinal 1, plus a new lot that Lucia says has been the top coffee on her cupping table. Lucia offered me this new lot back in February and I jumped on the opportunity, which is a great bean right between El Ruby and Pepinal 1. I really looking forward to bringing in this new coffee.
I am only in El Salvador for a day and a half and then I am off to Panama as an International Judge for the ‘Best of Panama.’ This competition has found us the famous Esmeralda Geisha plus favorites from Carmen Estate, our 95 point Elida Natural, and last years Kotowa Organic from Ricardo Koyner. This year should be just as exciting as we will be judging the first ever Panama Naturals competition.
While all this great coffee is good news for our customers, the bad news is none of it will arrive till May. But for those who remember my last trip in February, Liz and I did cup some great new lots in Guatemala and those coffees have arrived. We are currently working on both these Guatemala's roasting profiles and will be available soon. So stay tune and look forward to new crop!
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