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Monthly Archives: May 2015

  • New Coffee | Rwanda Gitesi Kibuye

    Posted on May 9, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Just a heads up on a limited availability offering from Rwanda. When I first cupped this coffee, it struck me as a cross between a complex Kenyan and a refined central American coffee. I have been in love with it from sip one. It originates from the Gitesi washing station and is made up from multiple small farm harvests from the surrounding Kibuye area. I have brewed this using french presses, Chemex's and a Clover brewer, all are a treat. Pulled as an espresso, wowzers, tropical fruit candy in a cup. We broke 70 degrees today and I brewed it as a Japanese style iced coffee, added a touch of cream and sugar...heavenly. This isn't a coffee that comes along every day.

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  • Coffee In Yemen | Article Link

    Posted on May 8, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    photo link credit:, courtesy of Mokhtar Alkhanshali

    Sprudge released an excellent piece today on Yemeni coffee. For those who don't know, Yemen is widely believed to be the first commercial producer of coffee, at least insofar as the modern world consumes it (Coffee history is somewhat speculative, and for the most part predates any surviving written documents). Yemen is a land that has undergone incredible turmoil over the years, and most recently political upheaval and violence has cause most countries to remove dignitaries and companies to evacuate non-Yemeni staff.

    Left behind in all of this are farmers who face amazing challenges to bring their coffees to market. From talking with friends in the coffee industry, it sound like many coffee farmers have done their best to avoid the downward spiral of events and are working hard to provide for their families, despite an ever more dangerous environment.

    I had the opportunity to cup through a few Yemen coffees at this year's SCAA trade show last month in Seattle. These coffees truly have a beautiful taste profile that is all their own and current events are posing a big danger to the long-term viability of this unique growing region.

    Take a few moments to read Evan Gilman's well written article on Sprudge: Coffee In Yemen: Past, Present And Future

    Mokhtar Alkhanshali (center) with fresh Yemeni coffee cherries. Mokhtar Alkhanshali (center) with fresh Yemeni coffee cherries. Photo Credit:

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