Ethiopia, Guji Sidamo, Uraga mill, lot #2, washed process
Peach, white grape, lemon sherbet
If you know us at all, you know that we are big fans of washed Ethiopian coffees - whatever the reason, they do it for us, with their bright acidity, delicate flavours, sweet caramel notes. This Guji Uraga is a cracker - instead of the more floral and citrus heavy examples we've had in the past, this is a big fruit salad, whilst still being really bright and sweet.
Ethiopia has the richest genetic coffee plant-stock on the planet, and there's several local varietals in this - we call it heirloom and typica, but that's just an educated guess! The Uraga mill is situated in the Guji Woreda of Sidamo, and is managed by Mr Haji Feku. It's supplied by about 600 local smallholder farmers, who will have approx 200 trees each, and sell their harvested coffee cherry to the mill. This lot was process using the fully washed method (underwater fermentation for 36-48 hours) and then dried for 15 days on raised African beds.
As you grind the coffee, you'll get a blast of peachy and lemon aromas - when you taste this explode into crisp fruit salad - peach, white grape, maybe even some mango, wrapped in lemon sherbet. There's a super sweet finish, full of lovely caramels and chocolate, but it will still fruity and refreshing to the very end.
This will shine in filter methods - V60, Chemex, filter machines, and will be really good too in cafetière, and in espresso, if you dial in carefully, you'll be rewarded with a super-fruity sweet shot, but it will be bright! We'd recommend lowering the dose from your normal shot a little, to allow the flavours to shine. Enjoy!