Saturday, November 10, 2007


Royal 11/12 Coffee Update

Rare snow in Bogota this week, and John Cossette reports from his visit to Huila a crop arriving about a month later than usual and coming in all at once. He feels there could be a lot of “funky coffee” as a result.
Huila is kind of the heaven and hell of specialty coffee; some of the most fantastic lots can also be laced with phenolic time bombs. We always try to be very careful, but this year even more care will be required. With the crop running late, it would be wise to make sure you have enough good Colombians on the spot to last at least until mid, or better yet, late January.

Here is a list of our best Colombians on the spot:

16434 & 16435 Cauca 15 full
16140 Huila La Argentina
16522 Huila Central region
16264 Huila Pital
Many pictures floating around of the fantastic flowering. Rain is falling in near ideal conditions. For the moment the threat to next year’s “on again” crop is greatly diminished. Despite the rain and renewed prospects of a “super crop”, Brazil differentials have creeped a little higher due to strong demand and a weak dollar.
Reports of ideal conditions for the Harrar and Sidamo regions as well, quality looks to be back after last year’s train wreck. Early price indications seem very high. We’ll know more in a couple of weeks. Very little new crop coffee yet available, things will get into high gear in December.
Central America
Our supplies of good Centrals are dwindling as they should at this time of the year. We still have a few good Guats, Costas, Nics and Panamas, but those will be gone soon. We still have a good supply of Santa Rita and Cerro las Ranas El Salvador.
Panama is looking for a very big 2008 crop as conditions have been good, but it needs to stop raining.
Suppliers indicate a bumper crop coming in Nicaragua as well.
Fly crop auction lots are cupping very nice with a lot of Kenya character albeit with a little less intensity. Prices are a little bit friendlier.
Looking for FT Kenya? We have FT Kenya Kaliluni AB, PB, and AA, refs 17175, 76 & 77.
The new crop is starting to be shipped now. Including Sumatra FTO and Organic, grade 1 Mandheling and two shipments of RETRO Mandheling and the 100% Tabu Jamu Sidikalang. We also have very good new crop Sulawesi available on the Spot.

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