Farm: Small Holders
Varietal: Various Ethiopian Heirloom Varietals
Processing: Natural Process and Dried on Raised Beds
In the cup: Complex, bright, excellent body and a stewed fruit sweetness. Notes of blueberries and other forest fruit. Dark chocolate on the finish.
Sidamo Grade 3 Natural is a worthy substitute while we wait for new stock of the Yirgacheffe Grade 3 Natural
Background: While typical of many Ethiopian coffees, this one cannot be tied down to any particular farm or even collective, it is a lovely example of natural processing, and we appreciate the balanced flavours that shine in a number of brew methods. It’s a shame that we can’t even name the town or village that the growers identify with, but enjoy the results of their labours anyway.
One of the great things about Ethiopian coffees is the complete mix of varietals. It is estimated that somewhere between six thousand and ten thousand varietals exist naturally in these highlands, the origin of coffee, and it shows!
Note that Grade 3 means that the sorting of the beans has been less picky, and you will find some underripes in your roast. Just pick them out for great results.