This is a late season "surprise" lot that came at a time we needed nothing from Ethiopia. In fact, was worried we had bought way to heavy, especially with our small lot coffees from the Farm Gate program. But when a sample like this get's plopped on your doorstep, how can one refuse? It's like turning your back on a wimpering stray puppy. Okay, it's not like that. But the coffee was shockingly good, with syrupy body and a cornucopia of fruits. This is a "Union" coffee, meaning it is from a cooperative mill called Birbissa, in a Sidamo micro-region of the same name. It has 1475 members in the coop, with small garden-type coffee farms of around .5 hectares each. In truth, you measure farms like this in the number of trees ... 150, 200 ... not in square meters because they are so small. The altitude ranges from 1600 to 2000 meters above sea level, and the coop has Organic certification. The real story here is (as always) the cup. It's a baritone-level dry-processed coffee, and as I mentioned, it has syrupy thick body. There is ample chocolate roast taste at FC to FC+ level, but the main flavors here are dried and slightly dusty fruits: strawberry, cantaloupe melon, peach, apricot. It's not without a bit of dry-process funk, a ripe and winey accent to the fruit, and a suggestion of earthy spice peaking out behind the roast flavor. It's sweet, but in that way we characterize as rustic. For those who love dry-process Ethiopia coffees, these are not only acceptable flavors, they are embraceable.