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.
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.
Konga displays refeshing jammy peach, mango, guava, and tropical fruits galore. Chai-like spices, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon flavors also carry in the cup. Acidity and body balances nicely at various roast levels finishing with molasses and sweet date sugar. This is a good representation of a clean cup for a dry-processed coffee. City to Full City.
Harars have a rustic quality, often similar to Yemeni coffees. This one is very sweet, slightly floral, and still encompasses a bit of the leathery/earthy sweetness that youd expect. Body is huge, and the sweetness goes from berry to earthy rice syrup. Fruits are abundant, dried apple topping the list. City+ to Full City+. Learn More
Zonegediyo is a classic Yirg, with bergamot and jasmine florals, herb tea notes, and a mouth refreshing citric acidity. Orange flavors shift and change, pulpy, juicy, and even a bit of the inside rind. Lemonade and peach tea as the cup cools, a complex cup best in the middle to light roast ranges. City+. Learn More
Mankira has a rustic, dark caramel sweetness, like burned sugar, toasted, and bittersweet. Honey and stone fruits come out as the cup cools, and a woody note too. Theres grain-sweet and spice notes that are like baked sweets/cookies. City+ to Full City. Learn More
Cocola has flavors of pungent and sweet fruit juice - papaya, mango, peach - juxtaposed by bittersweet aspects of dark cacao. A bodied cup, and the pungent, juicy fruits interplay well with earthy, molasses sweetness. City+ to Full City.
Chelelektu is a nice example of a clean tasting dry process Yirg. Fruit flavors taste ripe, peak sweetness, but still close out the finish quite clean. Peach, guava, mango, grapefruit - its all in there, and makes for a complex cup. Acidity is medium, and theres even slight florals in there. Nice! City to Full City. Learn More
This is a great way to take a focused look at different coffees from Western and Southern Ethiopia, one of the most prized countries we work in. Profiles will vary widely with variety as well as with roast development. Well keep the list of possible coffees updated, and apologize, but no requests please. Learn More
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