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by: John DeBartolo

Move Over Juan Valdez . . . Make Room For Tarrazu
When many Americans think of coffee they think of the smiling coffee grower, his mule, and Columbian coffee (excellent brand marketing, by the way). However, they tend to overlook the many other fine gourmet quality coffees produced in Central and South America. Costa Rican Tarrazu is one of those coffees.
Interestingly, it was only about 50 years before our war of independence when French army officer Gabriel Mathieu de Clieu, while stationed in Martinique on leave in France in 1723, stole coffee seedlings from the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
After a long voyage back to Martinique in which only one seeding survived, Gabriel planted the seedling in his garden. The plant showed extraordinary strength and about five years later he harvested about two pounds of seeds.
Within only 50 years, an official survey recorded almost 19,000,000 coffee trees growing on the island. Yes, Gabriel's progeny soon dotted the entire West Indies and eventually spread to the mainlands of Central and South America.

Ethiopia produces some of the most unique and fascinating coffees in the world. The three main regions where Ethiopia coffee beans originate are Harrar, Ghimbi, and Sidamo (Yirgacheffe).
Ethiopian Arabica Coffee Beans
Ethiopian Harrar coffee beans are grown on small farms in the eastern part of the country. They are dry-processed and are labeled as longberry (large), shortberry (smaller), or Mocha (peaberry). Ethiopian Harrar coffee can have a strong dry edge, winy to fruit like acidity, rich aroma, and a heavy body. In the best Harrar coffees, one can observe an intense aroma of blueberries or blackberries. Ethiopian Harrar coffee is often used in espresso blends to capture the fine aromatics in the crema.
Washed coffees of Ethiopia include Ghimbi and Yirgacheffe. Ghimbi coffee beans are grown in the western parts of the country and are more balanced, heavier, and has a longer lasting body than the Harrars.
The Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee bean, is the most favored coffee grown in southern Ethiopia. It is more mild, fruitlike, and aromatic. Ethiopian Yirgacheffee coffee may also be labeled as Sidamo, which is the district where it is produced.

Coffees from India and the Pacific : Sumatra
Sumatra is one of the great romance coffees of the world. It is not simply that the Indonesian island of Sumatra embodies a Conradian romance of the unfamiliar. When it is at its best the coffee itself suggests intrigue, with its complexity, its weight without heaviness, and an acidity that resonates deep inside the heart of the coffee, enveloped in richness, rather than confronting the palate the moment we lift the cup.
Sumatra Lintong and Mandheling. This praise applies mainly to the finest of the traditional arabica coffees of northern Sumatra, the best of those sold under the market names Lintong and Mandheling. Lintong properly describes only coffees grown in a relatively small region just southwest of Lake Toba in the kecamatan or district of Lintongnihuta. Small plots of coffee are scattered over a high, undulating plateau of fern-covered clay. The coffee is grown without shade, but also without chemicals of any kind, and almost entirely by small holders. Mandheling is a more comprehensive designation, referring both to Lintong coffees and to coffees grown under similar conditions in the regency of Diari, north of Lake Toba.

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