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Latest on Coffee Prices

Here’s an update on the 13 1/2 year high for green coffee beans. This new milestone just happened on Friday. We at Bongo Billy’s are keeping a keen eye on the market to see when we can expect some relief.

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Ethiopia Harrar – Fair Trade, Organic

This just in – a new crop of Fair Trade Organic Ethiopia Harrar. A wild strain, the Harrar has been a stalwart seasonal for us at the Roastery in Buena Vista

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From Seed to Cup

Nutty, chocolate, herbaceous, flowery, rich, full, fruity, spicy – these are all words we use when attempting to describe that magical flavor of brewed coffee that most of us know all too well. But few of us really know much about the plant itself.

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The 2010 Mountain Regional Barista Competition

On Valentines Day weekend, a few members of our BV Roastery team attended this years Mountain Regional Barista Competition in Loveland, Colorado. None of us competed (next year, baby!), but we had a really great time, and were totally blown away by the quality of baristas that we saw there.

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Coffee 101

The video takes you through some of the process of production and generally describes the regions where coffee is grown.

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Maui Red Catuai

Watch for our seasonal Maui Red coffee this year. We’re optimizing the roast – should be available after today. Smooth, great body, grapefruit subtlety. Ask your local cafe to carry this Bongo Billy’s special.

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From the mountains of Uganda to your cup

From the mountains of Uganda to your cup We’ve been really enjoying the new Ugandan coffee that just came in here at the roastery.  This Organic and Fair Trade certified coffee is “a very pleasing light roast coffee with spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon with a woody undertone and a smooth chocolate finish.” High […]

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Organics Out of Uganda

Yesterday in the Roastery, we were cupping a few organic Brazilian coffees – a Chapada Dinamata, a Tres Fazendas, and a Fazendas Santa Marta. During our discussions afterward, one of our roasters noted his observation of more and more Uganda coffees showing themselves in various coffee markets. I understand this is a relative unknown in […]

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Spotlight: Colombia

I spent the bulk of last week working on a dairy north of here where I consult on grazing planning and Holistic Management. One of the people at the dairy is from Venezuela and we got to talking about the Colombian guerillas and his need to flee his home because they had invaded and presumably […]

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The Watch on Brazilian Coffee

With the recent buzz about Ethiopian and Colombian harvests being down, we turn to Brazil. Brazil, one of the largest producers and the second largest consumer of coffee worldwide, often dictates the commodity pricing for the rest of the coffees. They set the stage, if you will. In 2008, the outlook for coffee was down […]

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