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Buufata Konga displays intense strawberry notes, peach, mango, and guava. Ginger candy, cardamom and cinnamon flavors also carry in the cup. Acidity and body balances nicely at various roast levels finishing with molasses and sweet date sugar. This is a good representation of a "clean" cup for a dry-processed coffee. City to Full City.
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This was a top-scoring dry-processed coffee we selected early in this harvest season, sent to us by a private washing station owner in the region. His group do a very good job of managing the drying process of the cherry deliveries, with intense hand sorting of the fruit on the drying tables. This particular lot of Buufata Konga is in an area of Yirga Cheffe with a range of 1900-2100 meters. Smallholder farmers from around the region delivery their heirloom Ethiopian coffee varietals to the station where it is weighed and then sun dried before being delivered to Addis Ababa. After drying, the coffee is rested and then hulled at the Buufata Konga station, and once again hand sorted as green coffee. Located very close to Yirga Cheffe town, the Konga area is a central hub for coffee in the region. This coffee was prepared to Grade 1 specifications when it was hand sorted (again!) in Addis Ababa before export. While we still have occasional quaker beans in the roast (from under-ripe cherries), these are minimal compared to other super-grade dry-processed coffees.
The Buufata Konga Dry-Process is both potent, fruit-forward and quite refined as well. The dry fragrance is a cornucopia overflowing with red berry and dried peach, along with tropical fruit scents. Adding hot water, we get peaches and strawberry in the light roast, with intense raw, red honey and a touch of Dutch cocoa. Darker roasts taking on a smell of darker fruit syrups like plum and date. Unlike many naturals we tasted this year (even some other lots from Konga area), the fruits in Buufata Konga aren't over-ripe or vinegary, or "dusty" and unclean in flavor. They are brighter in acidity and freshness than other dry-process coffees we rejected. The cup is top-loaded with fruit notes of peach jam, chocolate-dipped strawberry, and lychee hints, accented by sweet spices cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. It's a well-bodied cup, which carries a sweetness of date sugar and molasses long in the aftertastes. We cupped this coffee at City+ and Full City and it works well at both levels, complex, sweet, and a "clean" cup - especially considering processing method. This is a coffee that will keep the descriptive adjectives rolling!