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Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8 | Daniela Gutierrez - San Marcos, Costa Rica

Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8

I recently shared Nala Sinephro’s Space 1.8 with my college roommate saying, “We would have done great homework to this record!” Afterall, we did all our best nightly studying to instrumental records from Tortoise, Brian Eno and the like, always humming in the background. My roommate, who is still in academia, responded, “I love that album and I do homework to it!” These days I’m renovating our cafe and listening to Space1.8 on repeat for hours on end. So versatile - perfect for philosophy homework and demolition! I was first made aware of this record last fall by a customer who was looking to get her hands on it. I hunted high and low but was not able to scrounge a single copy. I was intrigued! Who was this 22 year old harpist!? I started listening to the album quite a bit and made sure that one of our distributors would reserve us a tall stack should it ever get repressed. In December the record deservedly started showing up on a whole bunch of best of 2021 lists which would explain the difficulty I was having obtaining it. I’m now a little nervous that I’m behind the ball here and maybe some of our club members might already own it. Welp, here’s hoping I’m wrong and that you are just as surprised, delighted and endlessly blown away by this record as I am. -WP 1/31/22

Daniela Gutierrez - San Marcos, Costa Rica

Will's early notes on this coffee were "What the?" and "SO SWEET!" So that ought to give you some idea of what you're getting into here with Daniela Gutierrez's semi-washed (aka honey process) field blend from her farm La Montaña in the San Marcos subregion of Tarrazú, Costa Rica. We cupped a whole table full of Costas back in late spring last year and while they were all great, this one was easily the sweetest one on the table. When this arrived stateside in the summer, we stuck all 20 bags in the freezer because we knew how great this would taste when the weather outside was frightful. Daniela's harvest was a bit of a struggle this past season, not only because of the pandemic issues facing most coffee growers, but also because late, heavy rains knocked off some of the ripening fruit resulting in lower yields overall. But the coffee she was able to process on her farm's wet mill was just fantastic. It's almost beyond comprehension that we'll be tasting fresh crop offers soon, but that just means we've got a few spots on our menu later this year for more of Daniela's delicous coffees. - Kevin Smith, Head Roaster

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