January 2021 New Year, New Coffees!
We had/have a great line up of coffees planned for 2021 ("planned", being the operative word). If we learned one thing from 2020 though, it was that the universe laughs at our plans. As a Coffee Roastery (as opposed to a marketing company, selling pretty packaging), we can change our plans if a new cupping opportunity presents itself.
This month, we had a coffee selected and ready to roast, when a new shipment arrived. Within the palate of well designed, colourful jute bags, was an unassuming sack of Ethiopian Wenago (it was as if the universe was daring us to judge a bag by its cover). So, change of plans, January’s "planned" coffee, will be next month’s coffee (unless the universe speaks again), and this month’s coffee will be Ethiopian Wenago!
Cheers to going with the flow, rolling with the punches, taking the fork in the road and moving forward together for an amazing year!
Origin: ETHIOPIA YIRGACHEFFE WENAGO
Farm: Sourced from over 850 Smallholder Farmers, Wenago Woreda
Elevation: 6000-6500 feet
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
Process: Natural Processed
Drying: Raised Beds - turned every 2-3 hours (for several days)
Harvest Start Month: November
Harvest End Month: January
This Ethiopian coffee is sourced from more than 850 smallholder farmers living in the Wenago Woreda (district). Wenago is in Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone, North East of the Yirgacheffe District (a name you may recognize from a previous Go Cup Yourself Origin). This group of farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Wenago mill, where they are placed on raised beds and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of drying. The beans are then dried for 10 to 12 days until they are ready for milling, bagging and shipping to your cup.
This Ethiopian Wenago Natural Coffee that we are cupping was a surprise addition to our schedule. It was fun to roast as it was similar in timing and temperature to our coffees from the Yirgacheffe region. Its most vibrant cupping was found on the lighter side of a medium roast, while a more everyday drinking profile is found with a full-medium roast. Our tasting notes included Plum, Strawberry and… if you want cupping notes, why don’t you Go Cup Yourself!
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