Ethiopia Guji Zone Akrabi

Ethiopia Guji Zone Akrabi

Farm Description

Unfortunately, we don't know a whole lot about the specific origin of this Sidama coffee. "Akrabi" are coffee traders in the Ethiopian language of Ahmaric, which seems appropriate for a coffee that is traded through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange (ECX). It's one of a few purchases we made through the ECX this year, and because of this, most provenance is stripped before the coffee hits the market. We do know this is from Sidama, but no washing station name is attached. Basically all farmers that are not part of a cooperative submit their coffee to the exchange where it is first graded, and then sold in tiers based off that graded category. It's difficult to resist an amazing sample no matter where it comes from, and with ECX we know farmers are paid based on their coffee's grade tier, and they are paid quickly - not always so with intermediarie). And that's what we find with this coffee - a nice example of Sidama coffee, that is visually and cup profile-wise Grade 1 all the way.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

At City roast, the dry fragrance is front-loaded with raw sugar smells and dried floral hint, which we think to be hallmarks of a good Guji coffee. The wet aroma boasts hefty wafts of red honey in the steam, accents of jasmine pearl tea when breaking through the crust. We've roasted this coffee a few times now, ranging from City to just about Full City, and its complex nature holds up all along the way. Like the aromatics, the first thing you notice is a presence of unrefined sugars and florals. As you move through the cup, top notes of bergamot and Earl Grey come through, as well as subtle fruited notes. Acidity is tea-like in City and City+ roasts, and accents of cocoa powder and even a touch of aromatic wood that comes through in the finish as the cup cools. Closer to Full City dark fruit notes proliferate, with developed sugar flavors. And I'm happy to say the florals don't let up, even at Full City. We gave this latter roast a run through the espresso machine resulting in an intense shot - long sweetness, tart-to-sweet berries, jasmine, and much more chocolate that I imagined. Highly recommended for lovers of bright espresso, and also a fantastic accent coffee for espresso blending.

September 2016 Arrival

Score

88.7

Lot Size

40 x 60 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

City to Full City will capture the most complexity. Big florals all the way up to Full City.

Processing

Wet Process

Varietal

Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

1; .4 d/300 grams; 14+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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This truly looks like a Hollywood set - forest coffee in the Guji Zone

Sorting for defects at the drying beds in Guji

Raised drying beds filled with parchment

Ripe cherry selection being delivered to the washing station
 

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