November 2021’s Coffee Origin - Ethiopia
YES, I SAID BOO BERRY - THE CHILDREN'S CEREAL!
While I was packaging this month's coffee I was hit with a familiar smell that I just couldn't place. Digging through the recesses of my mind it suddenly hit me ...Boo Berry! The freshly roasted coffee smelled like one of my favourite 1980's sugar cereals. While smells usually don't translate into the cup this one surprised me (although I may have been biased by childhood memories, some blueberry came through).
The coffee you are about to cup is from the Durame Village of Kembata, Ethiopia. With elevations starting at 6800 feet above sea level you can expect the benefits of a slow growing well developed cherry as we have discussed with our past few coffee selections. The soil in the area is described as "extremely fertile" with a climate that is ideal for growing coffee plants. As with many Ethiopian Origins, the care of the farmers, combined with the quality of their plants comes through for even the least experienced cuppers.
The local farmers use an up to two day fermentation process, followed by 15 to 21 days of Natural sun drying on raised beds. Does this lengthy processing and drying technique translate into a quality cup of coffee? Lets cup it and find out (I'll give you a clue ...the answer is YES)!
ETHIOPIA - KEMBATA GRADE 1
Region: Durame Village
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
Growing Elevation: 6800+ feet
Flavour Profile and Notes: GO CUP YOURSELF and find out!
You may notice that this month's roast is a bit darker than our recent selections. For some reason this Origin seems to even out better once it enters second crack. This darker (actually a medium roast) creates a more balanced cup while maintaining the complex flavours in this coffee. As a Natural Processed coffee this Kembata was super Chaffy (the skin that separates from the bean while roasting, definitely not a scientific term). This roast was performed "low and slow" for lack of a better description (approximately 14 minutes). This slightly slower medium roast allows the coffee to even out in colour and should create a great cupping experience along with an everyday coffee for this month.
Cupping-wise, think Dark Chocolate, Berries and …wait a minute, if you want cupping notes Go Cup Yourself!
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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