Stretching the Legs & Coffeeneuring

There has been a sad lack of variety here on this blog recently. Excuses? One might say that I have been rather rushing around doing other things, or, I have been doing the usual and just not writing about it, or, maybe just laziness!

What ever the reason this little jaunt is something I have been wanting to do for a little while. Especially since the last time I did it there was no way I could make it enjoyable what with the ever present biting flies. Climbing hills in low gear in a cloud of over enthusiastic Deer Flies is not enjoyable.

This was also a chance to put the new setup on the Metabike through some paces. The new setup includes a change to a straight fork from a     suspension fork, 650b wheels and tires (tubeless) and flat studded pedals. Fenders too…..

And then the main reason for the ride was to make this my “# 2 Coffee” of the Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge 2014. So here is a little bit from a ride around Mountain Rd./Yach Rd. near Ladysmith, Québec. With a stop for lunch and coffee (of course!). Sunday, October 12, 2o14

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This Week’s Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Hacienda El Cafetal – San Cristobel – Galapagos

A very unique coffee from a unique place. I have some more on the Hacienda El Cafetal of San Cristobel Island in Galapagos here.

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Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Sumatra Blue Tawar

The Sumatra Blue Tawar is on for this week. Big, bold and juicy!

For more information on the Blue Tawar you will find it here.

Grade 1, UTZ Certified

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This Week’s Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Burundi Kinyangurube Gakana

This is the second time I featured this coffee and it will also be the last. I roasted up what was left of the Gakana for this week.

There is more coffee from Kalico of Burundi but it will not be the Gakana. Get the Gakana while it is here!

The Kahawa Link Company (Kalico) was started in March 2012 by Burundi entrepreneurs Angèle Ciza and Consolata Ndayishimiye with the purchase of seven Wet Mill Stations in the NE part of Burundi.

Kinyangurube is one of these wet mill stations and Gakana is the origin of this particular coffee processed at that mill.

The Gakana is a well flavoured coffee with floral, caramel and spicy notes.

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Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Yemen Mocha Mattari

One of two coffees from Yemen carried by Art Brûlant. A classic “Mocha” from one of the oldest coffee growing regions in the world the Yemen Mocha Mattari.

Try combining this “Mocha” with the Bali Paradise Valley for a good approximation of the the “Mocha-Java”.

For more on this great coffee I have reviewed it here and here.

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Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: The “Vieux Arbres” a Peruvian Antiguo

My French Press is almost ready. Anticipation!

The ‘Vieux Arbres’, a Peruvian Antiguo from the provence of Chanchamayo.

I have more from that here.

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This Week’s Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: The Shangri La Estate, Tanzanian AB

From Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater, the ‘Shangri La’ is a real treat! As a regular coffee or as a single origin espresso. It may not have the breadth of flavours found in the regular Espresso Blend we offer here, but it comes in with an almost gentle sweetness that finishes with a surprising hint of pepper.

Use our regular Espresso Blend #12 for those exquisite Cappuccinos and Lattés, this one wants to be black and straight up!

If you want to find out more about the Tanzanian Shangri La Estate coffee, I have reviewed it here and here.

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