New arrivals at Courier are a lot each of Papua New Guinea Onaka Agoga estate, and  Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia. Both are washed coffees, although the PNG has a fermented quality to the sugars, like a liquor. Papua New Guinea’s climate probably has much to do with the ferment, after the coffee is picked till the time the meat is separated from the seed, any length of time, combined with temperature and moisture, may contribute to the development of sugars (among other things.) The flavors in both these lots lack the clarity and crispness of a well handled washed coffee.

The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe at a lighter roast has peaches up front, gunpowder green tea, jasmine. A good part of this lot is peaberry, we are guessing this is a combination of different pickings from late 2010.

Anyway the PNG leans to the Juicy side, while the Yirgacheffe is either floral or herbal, depending on the level of development.

Pictured above, Vincent Gallo with Paige Powell at Courier Coffee. Paige is wearing a Couture dress designed by Vincent Gallo. Photography by Susan Hoffman, of Wieden + Kennedy. Courier Coffee, totally hidden spot. We are happy to be where the Half and Half cafe stood, much love for Oak Street. 923 sw oak m-f.

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