Monthly Archives: March 2015

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere Coffee

  • Steven Hodel
  • March 27, 2015

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Coffee Grinder and Beans

We just received a new shipment of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee and this particular coffee come from Kochere.The Kochere district is well-known for producing some of the best washed micro-lots available in Ethiopia.

For those that are unaware, Kochere is one of the districts in the Borena zone, found 25 miles south west of the town of Yirgacheffe. Kochere’s population is around 10 000, most of them having coffee as their main source of income. This coffee is a blend of various indigenous heirloom varieties.

In Kochere, coffee cherries are being delivered by smallholder farmers to the mill, where the ripe cherries are being processed using the traditional wet processing method often used in Ethiopia. The skin of the fruit is removed before the coffee undergoes a fermentation followed by washing to remove the remaining mucilage. Then, the coffee is dried on raised beds – tables with a mesh bottom to allow for air circulation.

Cup Characteristics: Lemon zest, peach, vanilla Particularly complex lot of Ethiopian coffee, wonderful to begin with but further enhanced by extreme sorting.


COUNTRY: Ethiopia
REGION: Yirgacheffe
COUNTY: Kochere
ALTITUDE: 5900-6550 Feet
VARIETAL: Heirloom Varietals
PROCESS: Fully-washed
CUPPING NOTES: Lemon zest, peach, vanilla

Order a bag of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere today and taste this spectacular coffee from the country where coffee was born.

Saul Bolanos Coffee Art

  • Steven Hodel
  • March 2, 2015

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Saul Bolanos Coffee Art at Calusa Coffee Roasters

I first heard about Saul Bolanos Coffee Art when I was in Costa Rica for business and was introduced to his pieces by a French ex pat friend of mine.  His art is based on a special chemical process that he started doing in 1990.

His CAFEGRAFIA®, sepia-color photo images are made real  with coffee, using both powdered and liquid coffee as a pigment to capture the many moods of his native land and people.

He developed this special secret formula to make images absolutely permanent and therefore no darkroom or digital manipulation is needed: after treating the surface of a medium for imaging, Bolaños simply brushes on coffee, and presto! The subject magically appears

Next time you are in Costa Rica look to see if you can find some of his art work, its a nice souvenir to bring home either for yourself or for a coffee friend of yours.

Here is a piece we have at the shop.. as you can see we have had it a while!..

Coffee Art at Calusa Coffee Roasters