TomC wrote:The ideal choices for coffees that we use in the RLT are generally in the $6-8 a pound range (the only major outlier was the $17/lb Kenyan Peaberry that was chosen once) that would probably outscore this Haitian for sure.
The famous Kenyan Peaberry, Muthuthiini, wasn't $17/lb, but $10.95/lb
(or $9.86/lb with the 10% discount I negotiated. I wouldn't bring this up again, but after I chose and profiled the coffee in January for the February R&L, you wrote in the January R&L thread
, that it was too expensive (by close to 100%):
TomC wrote:Some suggested guidelines at the outset would probably have helped steer this into a more affordable territory for everyone had we suggested that bean choices be around $4-6 per pound. But that's hindsight and I don't fault whoever chose it ( although there's a bit of a chuckle to hear that the owner of the company is the one that suggested a $11/lb bean) ....
The Muthuthiini, wasn't coffee of the year or even close, but it was still exceptional. I rated it 90+ for brew and SO espresso, as did a lot of other roasters. Not that you don't occasionally find better greens for less money, but it's hard to be disappointed by a 90+. By contrast, the best I've been able to coax out of October's Brazilian -- $5.50/lb and chosen by an employee of the retailer -- with my profile attempts so far
was a bare, "specialty coffee '87'" for brew, and a little less good as SO espresso.
My last profile attempts were closer to Chris's recommendations, and I'm hoping for a livelier, spicier, more versatile coffee -- maybe an 88 for both -- but they don't have enough rest on them even for brew.
In the meantime I'm drinking some Ethiopian I got from Boldjava, and the contrast between excellence and "barely specialty" is glaring.
Drop a nickel in the pot Joe. Takin' it slow. Waiter, waiter, percolator