JASMINE + HONEYSUCKLE | RASPBERRY, WATERMELON, PEACH
Wild, articulate, and complex. Coffees from Yabitu Koba coffee forests are the coffees that get us most excited. Foraged from ancient forests where coffee is indigenous, these are some of the highest coffees we receive, with altitudes reaching up to 2350masl. In the cup we smell flowers such as jasmine and honeysuckle. Fruit flavors run the gamut from clean raspberry and watermelon to peach and even pink starbursts.
ORIGIN:Guji Uraga, Ethiopia
COMPANY: Welichu Wachu
VARIETY: Ethiopia Landraces, 90% Bourbon, 10% Typica
TASTING NOTES: Jasmine and honeysuckle, raspberry, watermelon, peach and pink starbursts
ROAST TYPE: Light
At some of Ethiopia’s most extreme altitudes lies Guji’s Uraga region, a dense, mountainous forest that spans almost a thousand miles. Within this immense forest lies an array of distinct subregions, where we source some of the most extraordinary and sought-after coffees we see anywhere in the world. Uraga coffees are profoundly nuanced with a piquant florality and a bright, complex acidity like lime and bergamot backed by stone fruit sweetness like ripe peach. When we taste Guji coffees, we look for that taste that we describe as almost scallion-like when fresh, which ripens into that unparalleled florality on arrival.
This year, we’re even more excited about Uraga due to a new sourcing partnership with an old friend: Dagne Chomen of Welichu Wachu. Years ago, Dagne ran QC for the Oromia Cooperative Union. We connected way back then and spent a ton of time selecting coffee together. Cupping with Dagne continues to be a euphoric experience. He loves not only cupping, but understands the likes and dislikes of the people he is cupping with. He has a knack for knowing exactly what we are looking for.
Like many other critical supply chain partners we met through Oromia Union, Dagne moved on, worked for private exporters for a few years, then more recently opened his central washing station Welichu Wachu collecting coffee from all over Uraga’s vast forests.
Welichu Wachu, established October 2017, employs over 750 people at three processing sites during peak season and services thousands of farmers. Coffee is grown in and around Ugo Begne forest and classified as forest, semi-forest or garden grown. The variety grown is Ethiopia Landraces or identified as Kudum commonly recognized as Bourbon which accounts for 90% of all delivered coffee.