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Bittersweet: On Roasting the Last of a Great Batch

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Time flies when you’re busy. That much is true here at Augie’s as we say farewell to some great additions to our 2014 offerings. In our Redlands shop, the Colombia Danilson Oidor was a favorite amongst staff and customers alike on the brew bar. The Kenya Thiriku was a jack of all trades, showcasing its uniqueness as an espresso, pour-over, and drip. Throughout the coming weeks, we will roast the last of our Kenya Thiriku and Colombia Danilson Oidor. These two coffees came to us from Red Fox Coffee Merchants, a coffee sourcing business that focuses on rare, and often...

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New Store, New Year, and a Gift from a Friend

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2014 was a big year for us at here at Augie’s Coffee Roasters. We celebrated the five year anniversary of the original Augie’s Coffeehouse in downtown Redlands last January, and the one year anniversary of our downtown Riverside shop this past November. We closed up 2014 with the opening of our third location in Claremont at the Claremont Packing House. One of the best ways to end an exciting year is a gift. As you might know, we roast and cup our own coffee twice a week, but we love trying out new coffee from other roasters around the country....

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Costa Rica Cerro Paldo

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Hacienda Sonora is located within the Cordillera Central of Costa Rica, and sits at the foot of the Volcán Poás, an active stratovolcano. Since 1828, the volcano has erupted 39 times, and with each eruption comes a source of replenishment for the soil. Lava, tephra, and pumice help enrich the soil's composition through a process known as "chemical weathering". In this process, gases in the atmosphere react with sunlight and soil in order to create soluble molecules, which plants can then use as nutrients. Volcanic rock is rich in common elements, allows the soil to retain water longer, and insulates...

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Panama Los Lajones

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Graciano Cruz calls the Los Lajones Estate his "playground". Sitting on top of a rocky outcrop overlooking the Cordillera Central,  Graciano waves his arm towards the pristine valley, which was formed by Volcán Barú, Panama's largest peak, and the Río Caldera. This region is more commonly referred to as Boquete by coffee buyers and enthusiasts, alike. The small town is celebrated as hosting the finest coffees in the world. Famous examples include the Don Pachi estate, which won the Best of Panama competition in 2011 for its Geisha naturally-processed coffee, and also fetched some of the highest prices ever for...

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Ethiopian Amaro Gayo

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There are numerous unambiguous flavor qualities which separate Amaro Gayo from the dozens of producing-regions located in southern Ethiopia. The word "Gayo", for instance, means "waterfall" in local Amaro language. And this describes perfectly the Nechisar National Park, one of Ethiopia's best preserved regions. This mountainous landscape is vegetated by thick bamboo forests and marked with dramatic terrain. Apart from being located within an ideal setting for coffee cultivation, Amaro Gayo happens to be one of the best preserved examples of what indigenous, untampered coffee production in Ethiopia looks like. With the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange processing ninety percent of the country's...

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