Take me out to the Coffee Fest!

With our hometown team beating the Yankees to get in the playoffs the other night, our Houston team at Walker Coffee decided to get into the major league spirit with our new company baseball caps!

If you’re going to be at Coffee Fest in Portland from October 23rd to the 25th, keep an eye out – you might just spy one of our caps at Booth 305, along with information on our newest coffee arrivals and the opportunity to bid on a bag of one of our Colombian Microlot coffees at the show auction! We’ll see you there.

Microlot Arrivals – Colombian Huila, Caquetá, and Valle del Cauca Coffee

Our Colombian microlot offerings have landed on the West Coast. Coming from the Huila, Caquetá, and Valle del Cauca regions, each of these coffees have been grown with care by farmer communities. All nine lots are in Grain-Pro bags.

Samples are available on request, but supplies are very limited.

EP Huila, Pitalito, Finca Las Delicias
Cupping Score: 85
Cup Profile

Aroma Sweet, slightly caramelized
Flavor Brown sugar sweeetness
Body Very smooth
Acidity Delicate
Finish Light almond

EP Huila, Pitalito, Finca La Esperanza
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Pleasantly fruity
Flavor Plum, peach, raspberry
Body Rich smooth
Acidity Winey
Finish Fruit preserve

EP Caquetá, San Vincente del Caguan, Edgar Julio Osorio
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Light floral
Flavor Citrus fruit
Body Balanced medium
Acidity Crisp, citrus, forward
Finish Clean and crisp

EP Caquetá, Puerto Rico, Jose Robinson Moreno
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Hibiscus and citrus flower
Flavor Ripe red apple
Body Smooth
Acidity Bright citrus
Finish Molasses

EP Caquetá, Florencia, Alfredo Palencia Fajardo
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Sweeet vanilla
Flavor Rich walnut
Body Velvety smooth
Acidity Balanced
Finish Raw sugar

EP Caquetá, El Doncello, Eduvar Augusto Herrera
Cupping Score: 87
Cup Profile

Aroma Floral, citrus
Flavor Sweet fruit
Body Smooth
Acidity Sparkling, bright apple
Finish Very clean

EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca La Divisa
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Citrus fruit
Flavor Fruit, walnut
Body Balanced
Acidity Balanced
Finish Caramel, vanilla

 


EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca Caza Azul & Casanova
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Ripe citrus
Flavor Chocolate-covered cherry
Body Smooth
Acidity Good
Finish Chocolate

EP Valle del Cauca, El Aguila, Finca La Secreta & La Esmeralda
Cupping Score: 86
Cup Profile

Aroma Citrus fruit
Flavor Sugared dried citrus, chocolate covered amonds
Body Rich smooth
Acidity Bright, sweet
Finish Deep walnut

Microlot Arrivals – Tanzanian AA and Peaberry Estate Coffee

Our specialty Tanzanian microlot coffees have arrived at Continental Terminals in New Jersey! Each lot was produced by farmer business groups in the volcanic soil of Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro and Ngorongoro regions. All are in Grainpro bags and reasonably priced. These beans are a great choice for sweet iced coffee to beat the summer heat.

For those of you on the West Coast, we also have bags of the AA Plus USHIRI in the Annex Warehouse as well.

Samples are available on request, but supplies are limited.

Peaberry Plus Microlot MWIKA
Cupping Score: 86.75
District: Moshi Rural
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,200 meters
Cup Profile: A berry and fruity aroma with flavors of sweet intense fruits, tea-like tannins, raspberry jam, clean and sweet aftertaste, crisp acidity, and a smooth body.

Peaberry Plus Microlot USHIRI
Cupping Score: 86.125
District: Rombo
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,450 meters
Cup Profile: Delicate, very sweet flavor with hints of fruit tones, red licorice, clean and slightly fruity aftertaste, with muted acidity and a smooth velvety body.

AA Plus Microlot USHIRI
Cupping Score: 86
District: Rombo
Coffee Varietals: Nyasa and bourbon
Altitude: 1,450 meters
Cup profile: Caramel and malty aroma, balanced sweet flavor, East African wildness, winey acidity, and a rich buttery body.

AA Plus Microlot NITIN
Cupping Score: 85.5
District: Ngorongoro
Coffee Varietals: Kent and SL27
Altitude: 1,700 meters
Cup profile: Fruity aroma, sweet flavor with deep dark fruit undertones, prunes, a clean and sweet aftertaste, delicate acidity, and smooth body.

Technology Updates and SCAA 2015

Walker Coffee prides itself on being on the cutting edge of technology, as our newest acquisition demonstrates. From now on, instead of emails and website updates, you can expect quality newsposts lovingly typed out and sent to your address by way of carrier pigeon or pony express. And if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop us a line at your local telegraph office.

April fooling aside, the Walker Coffee Team will be heading to Seattle for the 27th Annual SCAA Exposition. We hope to see you there!

Walker Coffee at NCA Charleston 2015

The Walker Coffee team will be heading up to Charleston, South Carolina, to attend the National Coffee Association Annual Convention 2015. We will not be exhibiting at the show this year, but we will be taking time to visit and check in on our valued friends and clients during the show. If you’re going to be at Charleston Place from March 12 through March 14, keep an eye out and don’t be afraid to say howdy when you see one of us!

Throwback Tuesday – Walker Coffee in the News

It’s important to remember your origins, and Walker Coffee Trading is no different. We’ve come a long way since we opened our doors 9 years ago, growing both our team and our clients over the past few years. Take this interview for instance: Carl and Monica were interviewed by the Houston Chronicle back in 2011, and we’ve grown steadily since then without having to sacrifice our core values..

Walker Coffee at Coffee Fest Atlanta 2015

We’ll be heading to the Peach State in a couple of weeks for the first Coffee Fest of 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.

When you go, don’t forget to check out the Bid For Hope / Café Femenino Foundation Silent Auction! Proceeds will be going towards the foundation’s mission to enhance the lives of women and families in the coffee-producing communities throughout the world. We’ll be putting two bags of our own green coffee up for auction, making it the perfect opportunity to acquire quality specialty coffee while also supporting a good cause.

Walker Coffee Trading will be exhibiting at Booth 525 throughout the entire show. We look forward to seeing you all there!

PCCA Cupping Competition Winner

This year, one of the coffees we submitted to the PCCA’s Annual Cupping Competition took the crowd by storm and secured the top honors. You can read a transcribed version of the announcement below:

P.C.C.A. NEWSFLASH

Pacific Coast Coffee Association

1350 Arnold Dr., Suite 106, Martinez, CA

PACIFIC COAST COFFEE ASSOCIATION

Winning Coffee Announcement!

14th Annual Pete McLaughlin Cupping Competition

Featuring the Coffees of Colombia

The PCCA Coffee of the Year 2014!

The tradition of fantastic coffee and rich education continued this year at the PCCA cupping competition. The chosen origin this year was Colombia and it did not disappoint. Many exceptional coffees were submitted by importers and exporters worldwide for judgment.

This year’s top coffee honors go to:

Miriam Adriana Briñez Coffee

Las Lajas Farm

Submitted by: Walker Coffee Trading

Competition Coffee Sample  #8

Miriam Adriana Briñez bought Las Lajas farm 9 years ago. Running it as a family business, she manages the farm with her father, Jose Briñez, who acts as the farm administrator. When Miriam acquired the farm, conditions were poor: the coffee trees were very old and had been planted without any apparent thought to planning.

The Briñez family has been hard at work to improve conditions of the farm ever since. New farming techniques and technologies have been utilized to improve the quality and quantity of harvest, and the impact of the farm on the native environment has driven the implementation of sustainable practices.

The farm Las Lajas is located in the Tena municipality of Colombia in the department of Cundinamarca. This coffee is a mixture of the Castillo, Colombia, and Typica varietals. Produced on 1.8 hectares of land at roughly 6,000 ft, Las Lajas coffee’s main harvest goes from spring through early summer.

Congratulations!

The winning cupper will be announced at the annual convention in September at

The Meritage Resort, Napa, CA!

A heartfelt thanks to all those who helped make this year’s cupping a success.

Thank you all for your continued support and involvement.

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