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Ethiopia Yabitu Koba

Regular price $ 22.00

ETHIOPIA

YABITU KOBA

JASMINE, LEMON VERBENA | WHITE GRAPE, EARL GREY TEA + PINEAPPLE

This coffee is back and tasting just as incredible as ever.  The super high altitude growing conditions and unique coffee "forests" provide this special coffee with incredible flavor clarity and potent aromatics.  Jasmine and lemon verbena aromatics pop out of the coffee and bring with them flavors of white grape, earl grey tea, and pineapple.  Don't miss out!

 


BEAN DETAILS:

ORIGIN: Yabitu Koba Village, Ethiopia
ELEVATION: 2300 masl
TASTING NOTES: Jasmine, lemon verbena, white grape, earl grey tea and pineapple cocktail
ROAST TYPE: Light

Farm Level

The Uraga Woreda is home to some of the highest altitude coffees we buy, many of the farms topping out at 2300 meters above sea level. Altitude plays a role in coffee density, the higher altitude zones slowing rates of maturation, which in turn produces a much denser coffee with higher potential for sweetness and acidity. The village of Yabitu Koba is one of those dizzying altitudinal zones, and where this coffee was pulled from. Hundreds of small-holder farmers, most with less than a hectare of coffee planted, deliver their coffee harvest to the privately-run washing station nearby who produce both wet and dry process coffees. This is one of their fully-washed lots that we selected from a swath of samples during the harvest peak. This is a fully traceable lot, a feat that wasn't possible only a couple years back. Previous to the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange ("ECX") loosening restrictions on who could export coffee, washing stations like this one were required to sell their coffee to the ECX, who in turn would bulk together as "Shakiso Grade 1", or  "Guji Grade 1" coffee. With the new rules, we are now able to buy in a more direct way in Ethiopia which provides an added layer of transparency, not to mention, coffee provenance.

General Brewing Instructions

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Brewing great coffee at home can be easy.  The essential tools are critical to making it happen.  They include:
  • Filtered water.  Spring water is ideal.  Removing chloride, sulfur, and iron is essential.
  • A burr grinder.  The more even the coffee particles, the better the coffee.  Burr grinders, whether manual or electric, will do a better job than "whirly-blade" grinders.  Invest in a burr grinder.  Your taste buds (and coffee roaster) will thank you.
  • A scale.  I know using a scale can seem a bit like you're doing something you shouldn't be.  Trust me, you can only brew consistently great coffee with a scale.  Water and coffee are hard to measure without one.
  • Clean equipment.  Properly cleaning your equipment is the only way to avoid stale and rancid coffee flavors entering your cup.  Please keep your equipment clean.  The sooner and more often you clean your gear, the easier it will be in the long run.  Add it to your ritual and thank us later.
  • Delicious and freshly roasted Color Coffee
Now that you have the tools, the rest is easy.  There are infinite numbers of ways to brew coffee.  Here are some of our favorites, with links to coffee professionals who we admire and trust:

Coffee Faq

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IS YOUR COFFEE ORGANIC OR FAIR TRADE?

In many cases, yes. However, our first priority is quality and flavor. Sometimes these priorities align and our producers are certified organic and/or fair trade. We always pay well above fair trade rates (which are quite low and don’t guarantee sustainability or quality).

Often times, the producers we work with are too small to gain certifications. It’s expensive and laborious. Many of our producers are certified organic and fair trade, including many of our producers in Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME-FRAME TO DRINK MY COFFEE?

We recommend drinking our coffee within one month of the roast date. Most of our coffees taste best however within 2 - 14 days of roast date.

For espresso, we recommend using coffee that has rested at least 7 days after roast date. This is because coffee gives off CO2 after roasting that can interfere with extraction. One way to get around this is to let your ground espresso dose sit for 30-120 minutes before pulling the shot. Email info@colorroasters.com for more questions about this.

If you are pre-grinding the coffee, we recommend drinking the coffee within one week of grinding.

CAN YOU GRIND MY COFFEE ON WEB ORDERS?

Yes, we can. Please select how you want your coffee to be ground at the time you place your order. Simply click on the arrow beside "Grind" and make your selection. If you need help choosing let us know the brewing method you will be using to prepare the coffee, in the notes of the order. And we will be happy to grind the coffee for you on our commercial grinder.

DO YOU HAVE BREW RECIPES?

These are in the works! We are compiling a bunch and even shooting some video, to help you brew like us at home.

In the meantime...go here: Pour Overs Aeropress to get some expert advice.

MY COFFEE TASTES WEAK, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

A weak brew could the result of a couple things.  First of all, you want to make sure you're using the proper amount of water and coffee.  If you use too much water or not enough coffee, you won't be able to get the strength you need.  A digital scale will ensure you can get the measurements right.  Start with 1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water and adjust to taste!
The second problem could be a grind size that is too course.  If the coffee bits are too big, you won't be able to pull enough flavor out and the brew will taste weak.  In general for drip coffee, the grind size should be the size of beach sand.  You can also use the brew time to help judge if you're grind is correct.  Most brewing methods should take between 3 and 5 minutes.  If it's going faster than this, it's likely your grind size isn't fine enough.  Grind finer and taste it!

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