This weekend at Analog Cafe at the Calgary Farmers Market we will be preparing Panama Mama Cata Geisha on our pour over bar. Fratello has been privileged to be able to purchase this amazing coffee from the Boquete region of Panama. The Panama Mama Cata Geisha is a rare coffee and we will be offering this January 19-22nd for $4.00 for a 12oz, $4.75 for a 16oz and $26.25 for a 6oz bag to take home!
Read more about the Panama Mama Cata Geisha HERE and on our online STORE
Nicaraguan Finca Limoncillo tasting at Analog Cafe!
This weekend we are tasting our fresh crop arrival Nicaraguan Finca Limoncillo Java coffee brewed three different ways: Single Origin Espresso, Cold Brew and on our Hario V60 Pour Over bar! Each method lends its own character to the coffee and brings forward a variety of flavors in the cup.
This will be a casual tasting and we will prepare samples of each method as people come to Analog. Please don't be shy and ask questions! We look forward to starting to offer regular tasting and classes at Analog Cafe each Thursday. Look forward to seeing you there!
Read more about Russ Prefontaine's trip to Nicaragua and the farm we are working with directly to bring this coffee to you.
Panama Boquete - The Geisha Varietal
The Geisha Varietal of coffee is the most sought after coffee in the world. Find out why this coffee is so special, and thought to be the king of all coffees. After cupping these coffees, I was blown away at the flavor profile. Flavors of Juicy Fruit candy, creamy strawberry, tangerine acidity, intensely sweet and a balanced lingering acidity. I brewed a Chemex of this in Calgary and found myself gulping it back. Our 200 lb lot of Panama Mama Cata Full Natural Geisha will be available July 2011.
For many years the most expensive prices paid for coffee has been a rare coffee found in Panama. The record for this Panamanian coffee was set in 2007 when an auction fetched over $150 USD / lb (Green) for coffee grown at Esmeralda Estate using the Geisha Varietal. Since this time, it is not rare for people to pay 10-20 times the regular asking price for this rare coffee. In a café setting it is no different. To get a taste of this coffee, you should expect to pay $10-12 per cup. Is it worth it? I think so.
So what is with this coffee and what makes it so unique? I wanted to know as well, so the purpose of going to Panama was to begin to learn about this varietal and appreciate what it brings to the cupping tables. (more…)
Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe- Idido Misty Valley
Fratello Coffee is introducing an exciting new coffee to our portfolio at the end of May. We have found an Organic fresh crop Ethiopian that we just had to buy which is replacing the Kembata currently available.
Flavor description:Intense tropical fruits, blueberry and strawberry in both the aromas and long lingering flavors. Thick syrupy body and full of character, yet notably clean and bright through out.
Region:Idido, Gedeo Zone Yirgacheffe
Processing:Natural / Dry-Processed
Varietal: Heirloom and Longberry
Cupping Score: 91
Ethiopia, the birth place of coffee has 5 growing regions, each producing very distinct characteristics from the other. In the south of Ethiopia is a district called Yirgacheffe which is just north of the Kenyan border. Yirgacheffe is currently producing the most exotic flavor profiles in this country and possible the world.
Brazil Sete Cachoeiras Estate wins first place at SCAA 2008
I wanted to let you all know that the Brazil Sete Cachoeiras Estate - Rainforest Alliance coffee was given an award at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) this year to recognize their quality among all the Rainforest Alliance Coffee produced.
When I went out for dinner with Renato Farhat Brito and his father Marcel Renato Brito, the owners of this estate, they had mentioned that when they entered this contest, they entered the exact same Lot of coffee we chose to import.
Rainforest Alliance - Sete Cachoeiras Estate Coffee in Brazil
We recently had the pleasure of touring Brazil, and one of our main objectives was to visit Renato Farhat Brito and his father Marcelo Renato Brito who own and operate the Sete Cachoeiras Estate Coffee, Rainforest Alliance farm in Sul De Minas Brazil (Sul De Minas is one of the largest coffee growing areas in Brazil).
The reason we wanted to visit this farm in particular is because it is one of approximately 15 farms in Brazil that are certified Rainforest Alliance. What makes Sete Cachoeiras unique over the other Rainforest Alliance farms is that they go well beyond their requirements for certification, and when they originally applied for this certification, it took very little effort to accomplish this goal as Renato and Marcelo already believed and practiced the philosophy’s of protecting the environment and treating their employees with the respect and compensation that they deserved. This farm is also Utz Kapeh Certified.