A great dark roast Ethiopia option, bittering dark chocolate tones, stone fruit accents, with dried citrus peel, bell pepper, licorice, and aromatic wood finishing notes. Full City to Full City+. Good Ethiopian espresso.
|Region||Agaro, Western Ethiopia|
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||June 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.6 d/300gr, 15 - 17 screen|
|Roast Recommendations||Full City to Full City+|
|Recommended for Espresso||Yes|
Elbu cooperative is located in Agaro town, South-Western Ethiopia, not too far from some others we've bought the past couple of years (Qota, Sadi Loya, Duromina, etc). They've only been in operation for a couple of years now, and membership is currently just over 300. They are under the management of a coffee Union we began buying from last year. The Unions provide agronomical support to the coops, and also have export licenses, which up until this year, has afforded thm access to the global market without having to go through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange. Elbu sits at nearly 2000 meters above sea level, a convenient delivery site for the surrounding highland farmers who's coffee is planted between 1800 annd 2100 meters above sea level. The coffee is depulped and then fermented for a full 36 hours in washing channels, then moved to soak in clean water, before being laid to dry on raised drying beds.
An Ethiopian coffee for dark roasting? We give an enthusiastic "yes" for this one! With Elbu, a coffee that is muted in terms of top notes and florals in comparison to other washed Ethiopian coffee, it's really at Full City and Full City+ where sweet and bittering dark chocolate flavors showed best, and stone fruit accent notes are unlocked. My initial "dark" roast, wasn't all that dark, and I'd say just outside of Full City (pulled with 25 F of development beyond 1st crack). I noticed a discernible peach note not present in my lighter roasts, and a deep, dark chocolate bass note. Acidity is mild, but a lemon flavor does come through once cooled and offers a little more than a glimpse of an acidic impression. I took one roast to Full City+ (45 seconds beyond 1st crack), and after the initial bittersweet hit up front wears off, some dried stone fruit accents come into view. Both roasts showed rustic accent notes in the finish too, like dried citrus peel, bell pepper, licorice, and aromatic wood. I pulled a shot of espresso with my Full City+ roast and was rewarded with dark chocolate roast flavors that goes long into the aftertaste, a carob note, and dried apricot.