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Our Head of coffee
“This coffee is the natural version of the Kayon Mountain washed you may have tried a couple of months ago. It has very similar characteristics as you might expect but the natural process has developed the black tea and lemon flavour into fresh apricot and ripe orange acidity. The mouthfeel is much more full and pulpy and the sweetness has developed to become much more complex and jammy.”
Ethiopia is split into nine different regions and those regions into zones. This coffee was grown in the Oromia Region. Oromia is the biggest region in the country, it contains 70% of Ethiopia’s coffee farms and is also home to the capital, Addis Ababa.
Within Oromia, this farm can be found in what is now the Guji zone. Guji is named after a tribe of the Oromo people, who make up the majority of the zone’s population. The farm itself borders two villages, Taro and Sawana and is near one of Ethiopia’s major gold mining zones. The farm is incredibly remote, some 600km from Addis Ababa.
Ismail Hassen has been running his farm for four years. He leases the land from the government on a contract that will run for 99 years, so it’s a seriously long term project for him. Thanks to rainfall of more than 1200mm per year and temperatures that usually top 20°c, Ismail has found this an ideal place to grow his coffee.
But the area has more potential yet, and the government continues to lease the land to investors and farmers like Ismail. This is obviously great for the community and the economy but it is not done at the expense of the environment; the government are being careful to designate enough land to forest as they set about making the area more prosperous.
Climate change is a big issue facing the world, it is also affecting coffee regions in Ethiopia, but for the most part the Oromia region is in good shape. There are strict regulations when it comes to the environment, cutting down trees and using chemicals are prohibited in many areas.
|FLAVOUR||Apricot, blackcurrant, blackberry.|
|SWEETNESS||Cane sugar, Jammy, Ripe.|
|TASTING NOTE||Fresh Apricot|