Tasting Notes: Mango, Lemon, Lavender
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Origin: Guji, Ethiopia
Producers: Aferara Small-holders
The Adola wet mill is a large coffee processing station nestled among dramatic foothills and lush forests. "Adola" is an Oromifa word that means "place of gold mining," - alluding to the area's history. We'd like to think the name still fits, now referring to the incredible quality of coffees coming out of the mill. Local smallholders bring small amounts of heirloom coffee cherry to the mill where the cherries are graded, sorted, and processed according to their quality. Adola has over 300 drying beds, which they use to maintain lot separation and trial new processes. The majority of their output is washed coffee like this one, and you can tell it's their specialty from the first sip.
Adola Samii is a delightful and refreshing washed coffee, with impressive clarity of flavor in the cup. We love the tropical mango note that contributes a juicy sweetness - and a subtle lemon note that lends a bit of citrus taste without any tartness. The sweetness isn't overbearing thanks to a smooth lavender note helps round out the edges of the profile. This is the kind of coffee that's perfect for getting up early, brewing a cup, and savoring a slow start to the day. If there's such a thing a "coffee gold," we'd say this is a strong contender. Enjoy!