Aaron Ultimo wrote: My only hope for the near future is that CCC flys in another lot like they did for the Golden Cup last year.
Thanks for the stimulus, Mr. Ultimo.
Kenyan SL28s seem at the pinnacle when it comes to physical durability of the beans; a large round bean with a thick-seeming waxy layer. The quality can endure relatively well. Yet if stored in jute, even the best, or perhaps especially the best, SL28s will lose some deliciousness before they hit stateside. This is no longer new news, and people are hoping/working for solutions for all specialty coffees. It's only in the last couple of years that Kenyan, Ethiopian and Rwandan coffees are starting to be packaged vacuumed. I believe that next year it will be CoE policy that *all* CoE coffees be shipped vacuumed or without oxygen.
I agree that flying the vacuumed coffee, assuming no loooong delays, will provide much assurance that the coffee will be of similar quality to what da judges are tasting now. However, the perishability or non-perishability of vacuumed coffee that is quickly shipped via boat from Africa has not been experienced enough, period, other than to say it's undoubtedly much better than jute. I am optimistic about quick boat shipments of coffee in the absence of oxygen (O2) as *the* solution for the foreseeable or near future. Air-freighting may be a more labor-intensive process for the roaster, and it may always be noticably more expensive.
I'm just tryin to say I feel more assurance than ever because these coffees are being vacuumed, and I welcome both plane and boat. Though, I am sad I didn't taste some of last year's flown CCC Karaba, because the airplane does hypothetically increase deliciousness's chances.