Tasting Notes: Black Tea, Plum, Dried Fig

Tasting Notes: Black Tea, Plum, Dried Fig

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Uraga, Ethiopia


Variety: Kurume, Dega

Processing: Washed

Origin: Uraga, Ethiopia

Producers: Ibrahim Safi

Altitude: 2100-2160m

Farm Size: 12-13 Hectares

There's nothing quite like a washed coffee from Guji - and this lot certainly fits the bill! This coffee was processed at Siko washing station in the Uraga region at around 2100 MASL - the cherry was grown locally on small-holder farms and brought to the station where it was pulped, soaked for 3 hours, and then dried on raised beds for 12 days to achieve an even moisture content. The beans are primarily Kurume & Dega, two Ethiopian landraces that are often lumped together under the "Ethiopian Heirloom" umbrella term - there are so many unique landraces and mutations among Ethiopian coffee plants that many producers can't keep track of them all. There's some disagreement about how to classify these different Ethiopian beans among coffee professionals - but we can all agree that they're delicious!

This cup exhibits some tried and true Ethiopian traits: a floral black tea note alongside some more distinctive stone fruit elements. In this case, we're getting a juicy plum note, and a more unique tangy taste similar to dried figs. This coffee has a great balance of sweet and earthy tones, making for a cup that is complex and bright without too much acidity. Fans of Ethiopian coffees will certainly enjoy this cup, but we really think there's something for coffee-lovers of all kinds to enjoy in this brew.

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3.0 out of 5

We liked it but it was exotic.

Smell was a bit different after the grind, but the coffee itself tasted normal/ decent.

James Baclawski


Member Since

January '20

5.0 out of 5


This coffee is TASTY. I don't put much conscious effort into deciding whether or not a coffee is good, I just brew a cup and then open a book. If I can't stop reaching for the coffee and drink the whole thing (I'm a slow coffee drinker so usually it goes cold and I don't finish), then that's a good brew. Would totally recommend, especially if you're an Ethiopian fan.

Karen Cheng


Member Since

January '19

3.0 out of 5

Where's the caffeine

We like the taste very much but it seems like decaf.

On 06/18/20 BJ said

Hey Tim, Glad to hear you enjoyed the beans! Caffeine content is pretty consistent across our coffees (fluctuating by a few milligrams based on origin/processing). If you changed up your brewing ratio that could effect the overall caffeine in the brew - but otherwise the beans still have normal amounts of caffeine. We include "decaf" in the name of all our decaf coffees to prevent any confusion on that front - just so you know in the future. All best!

On 06/18/20 Tim McCarthy said

Thanks for the info. Maybe I was a bit too harsh on the title. I have been known to lose count of the scoops.....

Tim McCarthy


Member Since

June '16

3.0 out of 5

Good if you like black tea

I like coffees that have a bit of a black tea taste, but beyond that, nothing remarkable.

Randall LaLonde


Member Since

July '15

4.5 out of 5

Absolutely Delicious

Fantastic Ethiopian brew, with a strong floral nose. Tasting notes were spot on - floral notes over a strong stone fruit sweetness. A mild tang is also noticeable at the high end. Balanced against this is an underlying earthiness that rounds things out. Complex, bright, but without too much acidity. Truly a delectable cup of coffee.

Ethan R


Member Since

October '15

5.0 out of 5

Looooove this bean!!!

I’m always thrilled when I’m able to brew a bean that tastes just like the profile says it will. This is like the taste of black tea with the body of coffee. Definitely tasted the figgy plumminess too. So awesome! Love it! I use about 16 grams to 223 grams of water. I only eyeball the rate it filters and make sure to grab it off before going dry, though I will admit a low-grade bad habit of coming back an hour or two later to slug back the dregs from the cup under the filter. Single mom, need I say more? ;) The thing is: with this coffee- it was Still Good

Araminta Midkiff


Member Since

February '20