ANOTHER ETHIOPIAN !! Yes yes it is, but this is a little bit special. I think one of the best coffees of the last 18 months that good.
So so complex, blackcurrant opal fruits (I cant get used to calling them starburst), with peaches and apricots, amazing amazing flavours.
You can buy it here or read on below for more info.
What I do know is this comes from a mill in the wote / konga region north of the town of yirgacheffe. The mill is called Kerbal Konga and is supplied by around 600 small holder farmers (mainly garden growers) that produces around 10 containers a year (6 washed 4 natural). This is quite a lot for a mill.
The varietals are anyones guess, but mainly made up from typica and various other heirloom varietals (anyones guess). This is what you get in Ethiopia, lots of small growers with lots of different mutations and variations of plant
Ripe cherries delivered to mill, where cherries are graded, sorted, de- pulped and then fermented underwater for between 18 and 36 hours, depending on temperature, humidity and other factors.
Parchment is then sorted in washing channels, and then are placed onto raised African drying tables. The drying period generally lasts for up to 2-3 weeks, until moisture level reaches 12% or lower.
The beans are then transported to the ECX warehouse in Awassa, in parchment, then dry- milled to remove the parchment prior to shipping
The altitude is varied but goes between 1850 and 2000 meters above sea level.
Detective work over, ethiopian coffee can only be found on the cupping table mills will produce lots of different qualities and quantities. Other people may get coffees from this mill but non will taste as amazing as this one does on the cupping table and we snapped it all up very quickly. What it doesn’t take a detective to work out is that this coffee is amazingly delicious
In the cup expect one of the most amazing coffees I have ever tasted. It starts with apricots and peaches, but quickly develops into a pack of opal fruits (or starbusts for you young kids). In particular the purple opal fruits that are my favourite, that sweet blackcurrant. We also decided there some pomegranate at the cupping table, but this coffee is so varied and keeps developing and changing as it cools all for the better. Super varied and super interesting washed coffee from Ethiopia.
Washing station:Kebel Konga
Farmer: 600 small holder producers
Farm Size: n/a
Coffee growing area: n/a
Altitude: 1850-2000 masl
Varietal: Typica and heirloom varietals
Processing System: Washed process and sun dried