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  • Change is good!

    Posted on by David Tatum

    Hey Friends!

    As many of you may already know, we are working on a re-design of the TCC Website. It's been a few years since we've updated our look and features on the site and the entire goal is to make everything easier, cleaner, more mobile friendly and more helpful on your coffee roasting journey.

    This process will involve several small changes, a big facelift and then some more small changes after that. Think of it as a 3 step process:

    Step 1. Cleaning up existing content. Here, we'll be moving a few things around, re-organizing them and adding a few small features. Expect that things may look a little different here and there as you come back to visit and shop. If something you're looking for is in the process of being moved or changed, check back a little later and you should find it no problem!

    Step 2. Facelift. This will be a big publish of a new storefront "look". We'll make a big announcement, the site will look new, improved, prettier and overall more polished! This big update will result in the biggest changes to improve navigation, ease of use and overall experience for you!

    Step 3. A few more small changes. Once we feel confident the Facelift is everything we want it to be, we're going to add a few new features. Some of these will involve new product roll outs that we've held off on due to needing improved website functionality and some will be intended to help new visitors find what they are looking for. These changes will be very focused.

    At each step of this process, we'll update you and we want to hear your feedback! If something isn't working right or you're experiencing difficulties, let us know, we'll sort you out right away! The entire goal of this update is to make your experience better and we welcome your suggestions and will work with you through any issues.

    One thing that isn't changing at all is our checkout security. At all stages of this process, we are keeping the same super secure checkout we've been using for years and absolutely NONE of these changes will compromise that. Trust is extremely important to us and you can rest assured your payment info and your privacy are always our number one priority.

    Once again, we welcome any and all feedback during, before and after this process! Let us know what you like, what you don't like and how we can make things better for you. Reach out to us through the contact page anytime for any reason at all.

    You all are the absolute best.

    -David

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  • 2 New Coffees and a Big Restock!

    Posted on by David Tatum

    Howdy friends! We've just got in a big restock this week including a fan favorite, Bali Kintamani Natural. As promised we also doubled down on Ecuador Morona Taisha Blend, chocolate lovers rejoice! Both found their way back in to our Captain's Gold, along with these 2 newcomers:

    Rwanda Nyamasheke Kivubelt Jarama: A Captain's Gold top 3 selection! This offering is from boutique producer Kivubelt, which owns and operates 3 farms in Western Rwanda. It consists entirely of local Bourbon varieties and features an excellent body and a creamy, almost velvety texture. We noted big flavors of nectarine, orange and cane sugar with a bit of walnut and hibiscus throughout.

    Colombia Huila Maragogype Honey: Captain's Gold top 6! From the folks who brought us Huila Aguazul Pink Bourbon comes another single variety offering! Careful honey processing adds juicy sweetness to Maragogype beans resulting in a cup that is super sweet, creamy, gently bright and very clean. Look for big notes of grape, mango & peach with a touch of graham cracker.

    Colombia Bundle: We're fortunate to currently have 3 awesome Colombian coffees representing a wide range of flavors, processing techniques and even 2 different single varieties: Pink Bourbon & Maragogype. This convenient bundle features a pound of all 3 at a discount so you can try them all!

     

    New Video Release! Are you an SR800 or SR540 roaster? Are you considering a Razzo Roasting chamber? Well, I've been using one for 4 months or so and thought I'd put together a review! How's it work, how's it made and most importantly, is it worth it? Watch the video to find out!

    razzo roasting chamber review

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  • 4 New Coffees

    Posted on by David Tatum

    Hey Friends! The long awaited restock is here! Ahh, happiness is a full heart and full bags of coffee. Speaking of happiness, thanks to a very astute customer, we were informed there was more Ethiopia Sidama Bombe and Colombia Pink Bourbon floating around! Well you know I couldn't resist bringing those tasty treats back. Of course we also picked up some brand new coffees and you're definitely not gonna wanna miss em, especially these first two!

    Ecuador Hacienda la Papaya Oak Barrel Typica Natural: To call this coffee a rare treat would be an understatement. This microlot from Juan Peña is a single variety (Typica) that's been fermented in oak barrels before being natural processed making for an intense and unique cup. Complex with a full body and silky texture, it's intensely fruity with notes of nectarine, mixed berries, tropical fruit and, as you might expect, oak! Note: we decided not to include this coffee in the Captain's Gold samplers even though it would have taken the #1 spot! Its price point and limited nature simply puts it in a separate category.

     

    Ecuador Morona Santiago Juan Peña Taisha Blend: If you're looking for something more conventional from Juan Peña, check this one out! Produced from local cultivars by 25 small holders from Taisha in collaboration with exporter Juan Peña, this coffee is seriously indulgent. Rich, velvety body with huge notes of dark chocolate brownie, hazelnut and caramel. Captain's Gold top 3 pick!

    Sulawesi Toraja Bolokon Natural Organic: This coffee comes from one of our favorite Indonesian estates: Rantekarua. Rantekarua is a leader in coffee innovation in the region and have extended their selections to include this delicious natural processed offering. It's tangy, sweet and intense with a surprisingly clean finish. Look for notes of guava, pineapple, blackberry & cocoa. Captain's Gold top 6 pick!

    Colombia Tolima Planadas Organic: This easy drinking offering comes to us from farmers in the Tolima region around the city of Planadas. It's rich, smooth, balanced and creamy. We get big notes of fudge along with hints of pomegranate, cherry and orange zest. Captain's Gold top 6 pick!

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  • 5 New Coffees

    Posted on by David Tatum

    Hey Friends! I know we haven't reached out to wish you a Happy New Year so...HAPPY NEW YEAR! We've been busy shoveling ourselves out of some severe winter weather so we could keep getting orders shipped. Gratefully there's been a week of melting now and things can hopefully return to normal. We want to thank each of you for making 2021 TCC's best year yet! We're working really hard to keep making TCC better and better, including a big website re-design slated to be finished by the end of Winter. Please feel free to reach out with any suggestions for features you'd like to see on our site! Oh, and we've got some awesome new coffees for you that are gonna knock your socks off. This first one has taken the #1 spot on our "Captain's Gold" list, so don't miss it:

    Colombia El Alquimista Red Honey Pink Bourbon: "El Alquimista" means "The Alchemist" and this microlot fits the name perfectly. It tastes like a potion created in a wizard's tower. It's got gentle lime acidity, a smooth, silky texture and a super clean finish. It's juicy sweet with big notes of grape, raspberry and honey. May or may not give you magical powers. It only took one sip to grab the #1 spot on our Captain's Gold list, but I definitely finished the rest of the cup, just to be sure. And the next one too. Can't be too careful...

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Banko Taratu Natural: Berry bomb alert! This Natural Yirgacheffe from the Banko Taratu washing station is jammy, juicy and chock full of blueberry and blackberry. It's complex and funky with an undercurrent of dark chocolate and a surprisingly clean hibiscus finish. Qualified for the #2 slot on our Captain's Gold list!

    Costa Rica Perez Zeledon Organic: This delicious coffee is open and expressive. Bright and lively acidity on the high end, deep, rich textures on the low end and a pleasant current of well balanced flavors and body in the middle. Look for notes of dried cherry, orange, caramel and milk chocolate. This one nearly broke our top 3 on the Captain's Gold, but I just can't seem to let go of Nicaragua Grupo Eden yet!

    Guatemala Huehuetenango Rio Azul: Huehue fans rejoice! This coffee is big, bold and robust. Mild acidity and slight complexity combined with a rich, buttery texture make it an excellent single origin cup and a great choice for adding "oompf" to any blend. Look for warm notes of caramel, fig and baker's chocolate.

    Peru Aromas del Valle Organic: This selection is surprisingly bold for a Peruvian coffee. While it has the characteristic gentle brightness and clean finish, the texture is definitely more creamy and it toes the line between balanced and complex. The flavors of orange peel, cola and cocoa powder are much more pronounced than we usually expect.

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  • 8 New Arrivals - Indonesia is back!

    Posted on by David Tatum

    Hey Friends! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Not that you needed reminding, but we're smack in the middle of the Holiday season now and I want to encourage you to place any Christmas orders you're considering as early as possible. While I can't make guarantees for every single package, orders placed in the next week are almost certainly going to arrive before Christmas. Speaking of Christmas gifts, we've decided to extend our Roaster Special through the end of the month! All roasters sold will include Free Shipping, our usual 6 pound sampler of greens as well as a $15 TCC gift card. So whether you're giving the gift of home roasting to a friend or using some of that sweet, sweet Christmas cash to give yourself a much needed upgrade, we've got you covered. But wait, there's more! Did I forget to mention we just had a huge arrival of fresh beans?!

     

    Indonesian coffee bags

    The Boys are back! Our favorite Indonesian coffees have finally arrived! All of them have the characteristic rich, syrupy body and low acidity we've come to know and love. Our favorite choices for 2nd crack or darker roasts.

    Bali Blue Moon Organic: Baker's chocolate, cedar & vanilla. The most well balanced of the bunch.

    Bali Kintamani Natural Organic: Same coffee as Blue Moon, but natural processed! Cherry, candied orange, anise and milk chocolate. This is the only one of the 4 we prefer at Full Medium.

    Java Kayumas Taman Dadar Organic: Dark chocolate, black cherry, allspice and pipe tobacco. Big, bold, complex. Not for the faint at heart.

    Flores Bajawa Ngura: Cocoa powder, marshmallow and vanilla. Did someone say hot chocolate? Definitely the laid back one of the group.

     

    Mocca Java Blend

    Mocca Java Bundle: For the first time in ages, we've got these two iconic coffees in stock at the same time. Better yet, we're running this bundle as a sale for the Holidays! This is the grandaddy of all blends. There are lots of ways to approach this blend, so we're packaging the two coffees separately so we don't limit your opportunities to experiment. Check the product page for a short guide. If you've never tried the oldest known coffee blend, don't miss out!

     

    For our Ethiopian restock, we decided to revisit a small independent producer from the Gedeb sub region of Yirgacheffe: Daniel Mijane. We just polished off our small supply of his washed grade 1 from the Halo Hartume station and we were so impressed, we doubled down! This time, we picked up his washed from the Worka Sakaro station and natural from the Halo Hartume station. Both are grade 1 and the absolute cream of the Gedeb crop:

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Halo Hartume Natural: Twisty, funky & fruity but surprisingly accessible. Big strawberry notes followed by peach, milk chocolate and raspberry.

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Worka Sakaro Washed: Very floral aroma and cup. balanced with a clean, refreshing finish. Notes of jasmine, lavender, lemonade and plum.

     

    Nicaragua Grupo Eden Finca Aguacatal Organic: This Royal Crown Jewel is fine Central American coffee at its best. It consists of only the Caturra variety so this is a great opportunity to taste the best this cultivar has to offer! Fully washed, it's well balanced with surprisingly low acidity and excellent sweetness. It's also incredibly versatile and will work well with a wide range of roast levels. At full medium, expect notes of apple pie, fig, honey and plum. Check the price on this coffee, you're not going to believe what a steal this Crown Jewel is.

     

    Colombia Huila Pitalito El Bombo Organic: Last but not least, we've been really impressed with coffees from the Huila region this season! This delightful blend from farmers in the small community of El Bombo showcases some of the best the Huila region has to offer. The varietals included are Bourbon, Caturra, Colombia and even Gesha. The expert blending of these varietals creates a smooth, rich cup with balanced notes of dark chocolate, hops, lime and caramel.

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