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Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Station

$6.25
The Gahahe washing station sign upon entry
Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Station
Burundi Kayanza Gahahe Station

Baking spice flavors peak in lighter roasts and 'pop' against a cooked sugar backdrop. Darjeeling tea, clove, all spice, cinnamon, lemon rind and cider-like apple notes. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

 

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Burundi Kayanza Gakenke

$6.05
A thick mist hangs over Gakenke on this particular morning visit
Burundi Kayanza Gakenke
Burundi Kayanza Gakenke

A lovely, delicate Burundi cup. Fruited hints of apricot and dried papaya with complex baking spice notes woven through, like mace, clove, and anise. Syrupy sweetness from start to finish and mild floral character. City to City+.

 

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Burundi Kayanza Masha Station

$6.05
Preparing the drying tables for the incoming harvest, Masha Coffee Washing Station ("CWS")
Burundi Kayanza Masha Station
Burundi Kayanza Masha Station

The level of sweetness ranks high (8.8!) - sugar in the raw, cream caramel, light brown sugar - with spiced flecks of cinnamon powder, hints of apple and pear and structuring acidity. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

 

 

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Ethiopia Agaro Duromina Coop Lot 17

$6.65
With some of the farm Duromina coop management and workers
Ethiopia Agaro Duromina Coop Lot 17
Ethiopia Agaro Duromina Coop Lot 17

Duromina has intense cup flavors, nectarine, peach skin, herbal rue and orange marmalade notes are attention grabbing. Deeper roasts pull out cacao bittersweetness and rustic dried stone fruit. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

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Ethiopia Agaro Genji Challa Lot 13

$6.65
Standing next to the Penagos 2500 at Genji Challa's sister site, Nano Challa
Ethiopia Agaro Genji Challa Lot 13
Ethiopia Agaro Genji Challa Lot 13

Underlying clover honey sweetness, stone fruit flesh and bittering peach skin, orange peel and kaffir lime accents and a complex herbal/rue aroma. City to Full City.

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Ethiopia Agaro Kedamai Cooperative

$6.15
Drying parchment covered with netting to protect from the mid-day sun, Kedamai coop

Clean, transparent sweetness when roasted light, with an orange flavor that accents the cup and defines acidity too, followed by peach tea, and orange blossom top notes. City to City+.

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Ethiopia Agaro Sadi Loya Coop

$6.35
Agitating the coffee with wooden "rakes" in the washing channel at Sadi Loya in order to remove the sticky mucilage layer
Ethiopia Agaro Sadi Loya Coop
Ethiopia Agaro Sadi Loya Coop

Honeyed sweetness is accented by a pulpy citrus note and hop flower aroma. Intense bittersweet chocolate at Full City, with berry hints and orange zest. City+ to Full City. Good for espresso.

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Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Gerbicho Rogicha

$6.75
At a process site in Guji - the bright red cherry at left was just laid to dry, the one on the right is almost ready.
Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Gerbicho Rogicha
Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Gerbicho Rogicha

City and City+ roasts show big fruits and clean floral aroma; strawberry lemonade, dried cherry, raspberry, pineapple hard candy, dried mango, orange and a jasmine nose. City to Full City.

 

 

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Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Shakiso Hambela Dabaye

$6.75
Capturing the early morning sun shining down on the Hambela Dabaye site
Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Shakiso Hambela Dabaye
Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Shakiso Hambela Dabaye

Fruit flavors are juicy and clean, strawberry jam and berry-like brightness illuminate the cup, hints of sweet citrus, peach puree and tart acidic impression. City to Full City.

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Ethiopia Guji Hambela Wamena Akrabi

$6.35
This is what good selective harvesting looks like - near uniform ripeness. The stations pay more for this, of course, as the picker will pick less coffee than if they simply stripped the trees. Guji Zone
Ethiopia Guji Hambela Wamena Akrabi
Ethiopia Guji Hambela Wamena Akrabi

Expect elegant, refined flavors, and a downright floral brew. Pearl jasmine and black tea, vivid acidity, sweet lime, salmon berry, mango, mild spiced notes and pristine, pointed sweetness. City to City+.

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Kenya Kiambu Dagitu

$7.10
Coffee cherry ripening on an SL shrub in Kiambu region
Kenya Kiambu Dagitu
Kenya Kiambu Dagitu

Dagitu is a fruited coffee with flavor notes falling into the fleshy fruit (plum, grape, cranberry, etc) and citrus categories, with red fruit punch thrown in there too. Sweet, clean and lively acidity. City to Full City.

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Kenya Kiambu Fram Farm AB

$7.00
Catching some rest at the drying beds of Fram Farm next to one of their main water channels.
Kenya Kiambu Fram Farm AB

Intense fruited character, grabby citrus, dried pear, tart berries, black currant tea and baking spice finish. Darker roasts bring out a bittersweet background with plum and berry flavors. City to Full City.

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Rwanda Dry Process Rusizi Nyakarenzo

$6.05
Phocus (at left in the lab coat), the manager, gives us a tour of Nyakarenzo site during a 2018 visit
Rwanda Dry Process Rusizi Nyakarenzo
Rwanda Dry Process Rusizi Nyakarenzo

Lighter roasts have brisk tea-like acidity that structures complex top notes of natural dried stone fruit , fig/prune, tamarind, and a sweet undercurrent that's like brown rice syrup and honey wheat. City to Full City.

 

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Rwanda Kivu Kageyo

$6.15
Some physical defects are most easily identified when the beans are still wet and swollen, that's what's happening here at the "skin drying" tables - Kageyo station
Rwanda Kivu Kageyo

Equal parts raw sugar sweetness and complex baking spice notes, butter toffee sweetness giving way to clove and cinnamon top notes, candied lemon peel and English Breakfast tea finish. City to Full City. Good for espresso.

Sweet Maria's Blends

Sweet Maria's Ethiopiques Blend

$6.80
Sweet Maria's Ethiopiques Blend
Sweet Maria's Ethiopiques Blend
Sweet Maria's Ethiopiques Blend

All fresh ingredients makes for an incredible espresso. Full City shots have sweet chocolate flavors, and complex fruited notes like nectarine and peach, dark grape, and milder citrus hints. So sweet, without acidity being "over the top". Fruit flavors shift and the sweet aftertaste lingers. City+ to Full City+ depending on brew application. Best for espresso.

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