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Welcome to our newest location!  Situated in the heart of downtown on Capitol Mall, we are excited to bring our Old Soul artisan concepts to you featuring our great specially sourced and locally roasted coffee, fresh-baked pastries, and new food items throughout the day..  Beer and wine offerings will be coming soon.

555 CAPITOL MALL • SACRAMENTO, CA  95814  916-890-1555:

Coffee Subscription

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CHOOSE YOUR COFFEE SUBSCRIPTION TODAY to begin receiving craft coffee specially roasted to perfection!  A 12-oz bag of beans will usually last two weeks if there are 1 or 2 coffee drinkers in your household.

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Select two or more 12 oz bags per shipment and receive free freight via USPS (no international deliveries).  We will bill your credit card when your order ships. You may change your frequency, quantity, ship date by logging in to your online account.  Subscriptions may be cancelled anytime.  

 

Honduras

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Honduras--Upcoming Trip January 20th to January 25th 2016


Panama

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MARCH 2015

PANAMA...Home of "The Unicorn"

Late Sunday night after the "sugar cane"/Sunday Funday festivities wound up in Costa Rica, we made the four-hour journey down the fog-encased mountain from Tarrazu to San Jose in anticipation of catching the prop plane that would take us on the hour flight into the small regional airport in David, Panama...an hour's drive from arguably the home of the most famous boutique Specialty Coffee farms in the world.

We flew into Panama late in the morning and immediately headed to the Lerida Estate to participate in a cupping that they had set up for us.  It was a nice table; but, much like last year, we did not find any coffees that will be making their way back to Sacramento.

After the cupping in Lerida, we caught a ride into the beautiful little town of Boquete which is the gateway town up into the mountains.  In Boquete, we met up with Wilford Lamastus, aka "The Unicorn" and owner of the Elida Estate, who would be our host for the next two days.  After dinner, we piled into his pickup truck and drove into the mountains to his house.

The next morning started at dawn with a quick ride over to the farm where Wilford checked in with his farm manager on how the previous evening's processing went.  Because Wilford's farm is at such high elevation, the harvest is one of the last ones in Panama and was in full swing.  After getting a tour of the farm and a brief breakdown of how the harvest was going, we headed to the cupping table.  For the next two hours we cupped through 30 different day lots of both washed and natural process coffee to choose which ones would be coming back to Sacto...To put it lightly, Holy Crap...the man has done it again!

From Elida we headed over to the Kotowa Estate, which is a 15-minute drive.  The Kotowa Estate is owned and operated by Ricardo Koyner and is home to the oldest wet mill in Panama.  While the mill is no longer in operation, it has been kept in pristine shape and now acts as a museum of sorts.  As with Wilford, to get Kotowa coffee you have to know Ricardo...it doesn't just show up on any importer's spot offering list.  This year, there was an even more exclusive buzz around the coffee, as last year Kotowa was named overall Farm of the Year at the Best of Panama contest. After an hour tour of the farm and wet/dry mill led by Ricardo himself, we sat down for a brief lunch and learned more about his family's amazing coffee history.  From lunch we headed into the cupping lab.  Ricardo had set up two tables of 10 coffee microlots each.  While all of the coffees on the table were off the charts, they also were already spoken for.  Now that we have met Ricardo, look for us to beback at the farm next year and for Kotowa to have a permanent place in our offerings.

After saying our goodbyes at Kotowa, we drove over to the most famous coffee farm in the world:  Finca La Esmerelda.  At Esmerelda, we were greeted by Daniel Petersen, the son of founder Brice Peterson.  Daniel is now in charge of running the day-to-day operations of the estate that is famous for its Geisha Varietal.  Daniel gave us a brief overview of the farm and described how they laid out their coffee plants more like a vineyard than a farm.  To say the least, it was fascinating insight and a big learning experience for us.  At the end of the tour, we headed up to the cupping lab and proceeded to taste through 12 coffees.  All 12 of the coffees were stellar, but we did not find anything that we will be bringing into Sacto.

Coffees from Panama that will be arriving in Sactown in late May/early June:

  • Lot #12...6 bags Natural Process from Elida Estate...all of the tropical fruit and chocolate notes we've come to expect over the years
  • Lot #4...2 bags Washed Process from Elida Estate...refined and clean lot with beautiful acidity...definitely a 90+ point coffee
  • EXCITING UPDATE:  In early May, Wilford won First Place and "Producer of the Year" award for 2015 at this year's Best of Panama competition.

Coffee Link for some of our incoming coffees:

http://www.boquetecoffee.net/elidaestate.htm


Nicaragua

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Upcoming Trip to Nicaragua April 22nd to 30th 2015

NICARAGUA 2014

Normally, when we venture out to a Country to “Chase the Bean”, we visit with many different farmers in different growing regions throughout the Country. This usually leads to many hours spent in pick-up trucks on what passes for dirt roads in the remote areas where coffee is grown. The plan for us this year in Nicaragua was different. We went to visit one farm (Finca Los Congos) and to spend as much time as possible cementing our relationship with the Paguaga family who owns the farm.

After getting off the plane in Managua, we immediately headed to the small town of Ocotal in the coffee growing region of Nueva Segovia. Ocotal is home to a beautiful Century old church, a lovely town square...and the Paguaga family. The town also happened to be hosting the Nicaragua Cup of Excellence competition during the week we were in town. Can you say, NICE! A few things about the Los Congos farm and the Paguaga family...

1. Don Rene, the patriarch of the family and the founder of this coffee dynasty is fast approaching 90 years old and is sharp as a tack. Mr. Rene shows up for work to the coffee mill every day and still actively participates in helping the family manage each year’s harvest. This is the same guy who cleared the mountaintop where the wet mill resides on the farm of huge granite boulders. With a pick axe. By himself, only 30 years ago. We think you get the picture!

2. High elevation typically is considered essential in helping to produce Specialty Coffee - the higher the better. Finca Los Congos is the highest elevation farm in Segovia. Need we say more?

3. The most prestigious coffee competition in Nicaragua is the Cup of Excellence. Finca Los Congos has finished as high as 2nd place. Yes indeed, that would mean that a team of National and International judges voted it as the 2nd best coffee farm in the whole Country that year. A fun, but little known fact: In order to enter your coffee in the competition, you have to submit your samples to the committee by mid Feb. Because it’s located at such high elevation, Finca Los Congos is barely starting to harvest their coffee at this point. Meaning that they routinely submit their first pickings (lesser quality) to the competition. Yes...that’s right. They finish that high with what is essentially their “B” team.

4. Remember when we said that the Cup of Excellence was going down when we were there this year? Well... it did, and Los Congos and its sister farm Las Brumas finished 5th and 6th. So why were we there in April? Because the harvest was just ending and the “A” team lots were ready to be tasted and bought. Well, we tasted, and we bought. You too will be able to do the same in late June!

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