Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the forests of the Kaffa region that Coffea Arabica grew wild. Coffee is "Bun" or "Buna" in Ethiopia, so Coffee Bean is quite possibly a poor anglicized interpretation of "Kaffa Bun". We consider Ethiopian coffees to be some of the best in the world, and extreme genetic diversity of the coffee shrub is certainly part of the reason why. Most of the coffee is either wet-processed - resulting in a vividly bright cup, with fruit and floral notes - or dry-processed with the fruit skin intact. The latter technique produces a very different, rustic fruited flavor profile, and with thicker body.
Coffea Arabica was also found in the Harar region quite early, either brought from the Kaffa forests or from closer areas around the Sudan border. It is entirely possible that slaves taken from the forests chewed coffee cherry and spit out the seeds, thus spreading it into the Harar region, through which the Muslim slave trade route passed.
This lot from Kifle has bold florals and sweet fruits. Herbal tea elements and a citrus acidity provide depth to the profile, and the overall cup is quite refreshing. Fruit flavors are pristine, sweetness is refined, and finish is very clean. Cups very well at City/City+ and darker roasts make an unbelievable espresso. City to FC+. SO Espresso.
Cups with complex fruit notes that vacillate between citrus and tropical. Fruited notes come alive - papaya, passionfruit, orange and even a bit of tart kiwi come out. The finish has pulpy citrus with a black tea-like mouthfeel in the long aftertaste. Exciting brewed coffee, and great espresso. City to Full City+. SO Espresso.
Kochore dry process has amazing profile of fruit and chocolate, bold, juicy, and with red punch brightness. Big mouthfeel and flavor, this one does well across a fairly wide roast range. Florals and tropical fruit show up in lightest roasts, shifting toward deeper chocolate and dark berry flavors at Full City. City to Full City+. SO Espresso. Learn More
Nano Challa has a sweetness of white honey, which is mildly fruited in flavor, and a healthy dose of toffee almond. Fruits like cherry juice and mild citrus come through in light roasts, with floral and Earl Grey tea. Darker roasts have red grape fruit, and a Ricola-like dark herbal aspect. A much lighter mouthfeel suits the slight effervescence. City to Full City.
Michiti is a juicy bodied coffee, with fruit flavors to match. Papaya, citrus, and stone fruit dominate the cup, along with floral tea and baking spice elements throughout. While complex, the top notes and acidity strike a well-integrated balance. Versatile in the roaster and in brew method. City to Full City. Learn More