Tasting Notes: Black Tea, Plum, Dried Fig
Variety: Kurume, Dega
Origin: Uraga, Ethiopia
Producers: Ibrahim Safi
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.