BLUEBERRY, POMEGRANATE REDUCTION, MAPLE SYRUP + FIG JAM
We're super excited to drop a single producer Ethiopia lot from the western zone of Agaro. These don't come around very often and this is a rarity we revel in offering. Very clean natural flavors coming from this one and a full body make it an exciting cup profile. Flavors of blueberry, pomegranate reduction, maple syrup, and fig jam.
ORIGIN: Agaro, Ethiopia
PRODUCER: Mansur Aba Hikam
ELEVATION: 1950-2000 masl
VARIETY: Local heirlooms
PROCESS: Dry processed (Natural)
TASTING NOTES: Blueberry, pomegranate reduction, maple syrup, and fig jam
ROAST TYPE: Light
Last year's export rule changes in Ethiopia gave farmers like Mansur Aba Hikam the opportunity to export their own coffee. In previous years, all private operations big and small had to sell their coffee through the government run Ethiopia Commodity Exchange and only cooperatives and unions were exempt. That probably sounds worse than it really was in terms of payments. But an issue presented to the buyer is that ECX coffee was stripped of provenance, save origin, so we never knew where it came from. Farmer Mansur Aba Hikam's coffee, for example, would've just been blended off with other coffees of a similar grade and sold as "Limu Grade 1". All that has changed and he is one of many farmers who have successfully applied for export licenses and are able to sell directly. His 18 hectare farm and wet mill are located near Kebele Kota, not far from Agaro town, and his coffee planted between altitudes of 1950 and 2000 meters above sea level. His coffee was delivered under his name, and is likely mostly the coffee from his farm. However, it is quite common for larger estate growers to incorporate coffee from family members and/or neighbors as well.