Ethiopia Illubabor Baaroo Cooperative

Baaroo is balanced, with juicy stone fruit notes, honeyed sweetness, body, floral and spice accents, all tied together by integrated citrus-like acidity. A fantastic dual-use Ethiopia brew/espresso. City to Full City+. Good for espresso.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Heirloom Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Illubabor
Processing Wet Process
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date Sep 11 2017
Lot size 150
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Heirloom Varietals
Grade Grade 2
Appearance .4 d/300gr, 15+ screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City+; profile shifts with roast, deeper shades work great for espresso
Type Farm Gate
Recommended for Espresso Yes

Baaroo is the local Oromifa name for this cooperative in the far western part of Illubabor. Baaroo is part of a new initiative we have in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. The program is administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. Baaroo is quite small and remote compared to the other excellent cooperatives we buy from in Illubabor region. We have been impressed with the cup quality, and how clean and fresh the coffee tastes although it tends to be harvested later than other nearby stations. It is from a lower relative altitude than others (1700m) but perhaps because of the heavily forested environment in this part of Illubabor, the effect slows the maturation of coffee, and increases the density of the bean. It seems to be so, in both flavor profile and roast.

We're really pleased with this year's lot of Baaroo. A balanced coffee, Baaroo's profile has just the right levels of complex sugar browning sweetness and subtle top notes to reflect coffees from the origin. The dry fragrance has a smell of dark toffee, so sweet and candy-like, with an understated peach note of the canned, syrupy sweet variety. Adding hot water sees a boost in stone fruit aromatics, like apricot and brown sugar,, as well as a peak in sugary sweetness, a maple icing scent filling the steam. Baaroo is extremely versatile, and great at both light and dark roast levels. Notes of stone fruit reductions with unrefined sugars prevail across the roast spectrum, and darker roasts develop deep chocolate roast tones. Oddly enough, the floral side is most present in the hot cup, faint jasmine and lemon oil accent a honey-sweet cup. The cooler temperature allows for profile expansion and depth, and the profile is filled out with notes of raw honey, baking spices, slab apricot, and a well-integrated lemony acidity. There is a mingling of rindy citrus and cacao nibs in the finish too that interplay with one another nicely. Body is juicy, even at City roast level, and translates into great mouthfeel as both brewed coffee and espresso. Espresso shots of a Full City roast extract a rich chocolate syrup flavor, along with orange juice and licorice accents, and undeniable citrus brightness but without overpowering the shot.