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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

ICO: say consumption will still increase in 2011, but will it?

The week The International Coffee Organisation (ICO) voiced confidence that regardless of the doubling of prices in the preceding year, that world coffee consumption shall continue to grow by approximately 2.5% per annum. The rising prices are seen as an impediment to consumption. They noted that this is particularly the case for the new markets in China and India, where a rapidly emergent middle class has taken up the coffee shop culture of the west and is inspiring a adaptation of coffee from the traditional tea culture.

Conceivably this is a rather go-getting prediction as with coffee being part of basket of consumer goods that are predominantly food and with rising energy costs, there is no doubt that consumers shall be careful on their consumption of more expensive coffee, which for lovers of specialty coffee, this may be good news, although there has been rumours that certain "specialty coffee" retailers are augmenting less expensive lower grade Arabica and Robusta in their coffees An increase in coffee consumption within China and India it is after all from a moderately low base (around 1-1.5 kgs a year per person), it is difficult to see anything other than a sideways track to perhaps even some small decline, within the traditional high volume consumer markets. Perhaps not Germany with its presently vibrant economy but there are many traditional coffee markets in Europe that are struggling through economic difficulties and for sure alike North America, have consumers taking more care over their grocery expenses.

Only time will tell. But we have seen that price increases have limited the coffees we have access to, this may in the long run allow us to pickup higher quality coffee at better prices, since this is a high value product, and according to the number that the ICO predict the high end demand may suffer due to the price increase at the top end. Let us hope so.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Possibly there is good news for coffee lovers

The coffee world has been receiving mixed messages for the last 6 months on what is happening in the South American coffee producers. With low crop warnings coming since the end of last year from this region (and a number of others) coffee prices hit 36 year highs. Now the actual crops are being harvested or getting ready to be harvested the numbers look much better than anticipated.

  • Mexican coffee marginally higher at  1.85%, but the months to come are looking flatter
  • Columbian coffee crop is about to be harvested and there is a slight decrease if only 2% from so regions, but the regions we import from have had a small increase in crop of about 3%
  • Peruvian coffee numbers have increased to 8% from the previous year, and the country is also showing logistical improvements are making a difference to getting coffee to market
  • El Salvador's new crop having been completed, has an increase of 11.5% year on year
Of these countries in the last 4 years we have sold at least one coffee of single origin from co-op or farm, and hope the quality coffees we are able to gain access to will allow us some more of their coffees. We have a provisional order (depending on quality and crop) in for the Columbian coffees we have been providing, and although our supplies are low or depleted on some of them we hope to have new stock by August / September

Monday, 9 May 2011

Kalossi, Indonessia tasting notes

This is a relatively famous coffee, which means nothing really to me, since you need to look past the name of the coffee to taste it.

This coffee is from the same country famous for Kopi Luwak, so this is its cheaper cousin ;)

The Beans

A little inconsistent in shape, with a few closer to circles than oval (which is associated with a purer coffees).

On The Nose

A definite hint of vanilla pod and Walnuts, and even though this is nothing to do with the nose, the crema was light

In the Mouth

Mild tones of maple syrup and biscuit with a medium to full body on the tongue


This is a good enough coffee, not going to be one of my favourites, but that does not mean it will not be popular, especially with those that add milk (either frothed or not) and probably enjoyable for the coffee, milk and sugar crowd, and believe me it is a crowd.

Because of its fame we will probably stock it, but only in limited quantities

Friday, 6 May 2011

Tasting a coffee results: Bugisu Mt Elgon from Uganda

Quick Pic in the Hopper

The Beans

The beans are relatively uniform, mostly oval, which means they are a closer origin to Arabica "typica". And that the crop is from a similar. We roasted them to just into second crack.

The Nose / Aroma

On the noise the it smells like roasted hazelnuts.

The Mouth / Tastes

the body is medium with a soft salt after taste. Caramel notes come through when drinking.


This is a great coffee, a grade 1 or specialty grade coffee. If I had to give it a score out of 100 I would score it about 88. Add to the fact that this is the first Ugandan coffee I have liked and we will make it available. We have only a limited supply, though.

As soon as we have it available we will add it to