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May 2021’s Coffee Origin - It's Another Yirg!

Do you remember the first time you tried a coffee that was spectacular?
A coffee that opened your eyes and made you wonder what you’d been drinking until now.
While I can’t definitively recall my first, I know that a Yirgacheffe helped spark my interest in Cupping. This is our third Yirgacheffe origin, and likely not our last. If you’ve been Cupping with us for a while, compare this coffee to the Yirgacheffe Worka and Yirgacheffe Wenago we previously Cupped. If you're new here, welcome and enjoy the experience.

When selecting new coffees for the shop, a Yirgacheffe origin will inevitably make the list. Ethiopian coffees are often amazing, and we can point out several contributing factors in this month’s selection.

Notice the 6200+ feet Growing Elevation. This month's coffee is Strictly High Grown (SHG). Higher altitudes typically have cooler weather and more rain, resulting in slower flower and fruit development. In theory, this extended development gives the stones/beans more time to absorb the complex flavours from the cherry.

High Grown Coffees have harder/denser beans, offering the ability to maintain flavour complexity into a darker roast (ideal for our cold brew blends).

The elevation and angle of these coffee plants require the cherries to be hand picked. That means, with experience and attention to detail, only the ripe cherries get picked.

This is a Naturally Processed coffee. The Natural Drying Process of an Ethiopian Coffee is associated with fruit, berry and floral characteristics that are present in the coffee cherry.

The Organic Certification, along with the guidance and quality control from Mr. Abiyot (the founder of the local washing station) are in place to add value to the coffee. To command its premium price, this coffee has to consistently meet/exceed buyer expectations. 

This month's coffee is an Organic Certified, Naturally Processed, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Konga - Abiyot Ageze. The Abiyot Ageze Washing Station (this coffee’s namesake) is located in the Gedeo Zone’s, Konga District of Yirgacheffe. The washing station was founded by Mr. Abiyot Ageze in 2007 with the intention of increasing the marketability of the Organic Certification. Its purpose has expanded, offering assistance to coffee farmers regarding best practices and quality controls to maintain sustainable and profitable production. There are over 600 coffee producers in the area that contribute to this organic program.

Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
Growing Elevation: 6200+ feet
Drying Process: Natural - Raised Beds
Certification: Organic
Harvest Start Month: October
Harvest End Month: February
Flavour Profile and Notes: GO CUP YOURSELF and find out!

Roaster’s Notes:
This Yirgacheffe was a delicate roast. It’s heat was slow and steady through first crack. The beans were deceivingly small at first crack, so we let them go into second crack to note their expansion. Even in second crack, they did not appear significantly larger, but evened out well while the flavour progressed noticeably.  Light-Medium Roasts seem to be a common theme with our selections (particularly the Naturals) and from your feedback we appear to be on the same page.

Cupping-wise, there is an interesting floral note as well as  …wait a minute, if you want cupping notes Go Cup Yourself!

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Once you have finished Cupping, click on the “EXPERT TASTED” tab for our tasting notes. Can’t wait to compare notes.

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