Strong floral elements of star jasmine, lilac, a fruited floral note of Meyer lemon, and spiced gingerbread sweetness. Lemon-like brightness adds high-toned piquant character. City to City+.
|Processing||Wet Process (Washed)|
|Drying Method||Raised Bed Sun-dried|
|Arrival date||August 2018 Arrival|
|Bag size||60 KG|
|Cultivar Detail||Heirloom Cultivars|
|Appearance||.4 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen|
|Roast Recommendations||City to City+ captures the qualities I describe, floral notes, spice accent, citrus. For espresso we take it to a Full City and allow no 2nd crack to occur.|
Tabe is the name of the Kebele (about the equivalent of a neighborhood) where this coffee comes from. Regionally, it's in the Guji Zone, but not far from Yirga Cheffe, and areas where we've bought lots of great coffee in the past such as Chele'lektu and Gedeb for example. This washing station is one of a few operated by Mr. Edema, who has more than two decades of experience managing coffee processing operations in Guji. The Tabe station has a good source of water to process coffee from the Mormora River, which also acts as a border between Uraga and Hambela. Mr. Edema works with 300+ small holders in the region, buying, processing, and exporting their coffee. Tabe sits at 1850 meters above sea level, and many of the farms are much higher than this. This is a fully washed coffee, and hand sorted to grade 1 standards, and the evenness in roasted coffee is a testament to this extra hand labor and care.
What lovely, and delicate floral character this lot from Tabe shows, perfumed qualities that are uniquely "Guji". The fragrance is so clean, with a transparent underlying sweetness that props up lovely jasmine and violet floral accents. The wet aroma blooms with sweet floral character too, along with a spiced ginger note in light roasts, while my City+ roast hints at darker fruit to come in the cup. The floral flavor and aroma come through loud and clear in the cup regardless of temparature, and have elements of star jasmine, lilac, and a fruited floral note of Meyer lemon. "Lemon" is a fairly accurate descriptor of acidity too, with a bracing quality that provides a high-toned piquant character for this coffee, particularly in the lighter roast levels. "Gingerbread" perfectly describes a spicy sweetness, underpinned by honey and caramelized sugar as the coffee cools off a bit. City+ roasting yields convincing sweetness too, dark molasses sugars coalesce with faint bittersweet flavors of fine Dutch cocoa powder. The floral character still comes through at this roast level, but has the perfumed quality of blueberries at peak ripeness.