Tasting Notes: Cherry, Strawberry, Funk
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Origin: Dimtu, Ethiopia
Producers: Robe Gelgelo
This charming lot of natural processed coffee was grown by Robe Gelgelo on his farm, Notissa. Robe grows Ethiopian Heirloom coffee, which is a varietal derived from years of cultivating what was originally wild coffee plants in the Ethiopian highlands. Robe delivers his cherries to a mill in Dimtu owned by Gizaw Alemayu and his wife Frehiwot Mekonnen. Gizaw oversees quality, ensuring that the cherries his mill takes in are defect free and perfectly ripe. Since cherries are dried intact in the natural process, any differences in ripeness and quality will cause uneven drying and affect the clarity of flavors in the resulting coffee, so a lot of care is taken to inspect lots of coffee as they arrive. After processing, Frehiwot handles the sales and export side of the business, so make sure that producers like Robe receive the best price for their excellent coffees.
Notissa is a natural coffee, and you can tell straight away by its distinctive flavor. We love how juicy notes of cherry and some strawberry sweetness float in and out of that characteristic funk that naturals are known for, keeping this cup balanced and surprisingly sweet. We found this brew exceptionally refreshing and a great example of how versatile Ethiopian coffees can be, making great washed and natural processed coffees alike. Let us know what you think, and be sure to rate your brews so that we can send you more coffees you'll love.