Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Origin: Guji, Ethiopia
Producers: Uraga Small-holders
Some of our all-time favorite coffees have come out of the Guji zone in Ethiopia, and this washed lot from Israel Degfa's Uraga washing station has confidently made a space for itself on that list. Recent changes in Ethiopian commodity regulations have allowed mill owners like Israel the ability to sell directly to exporters rather than routing through the complicated commodities exchange system. This allows for more direct traceability from farm to cup and has given producers more incentive to improve lot quality. All of Israel's mills have seen recent investment in quality control measures, resulting in absolutely stellar coffees this year. Israel has invested the increased premiums from this year's crop in education for local communities around the mills and looks forward to sharing continued success in the years to come. With coffee this remarkable, we wish them all the best!
Uraga Samii is a brilliant coffee with all our favorite characteristics of washed Ethiopian Heirloom beans on display. A vibrant peach note provides the perfect mix of sweetness and tartness, combined with a Meyer lemon note that contributes sparkling citrus acidity. There's also a very notable presence of black tea flavor, reminiscent of the complex floral taste of Earl Grey. This is an intense coffee with lots of different flavors at play, but we love how they all come together to create a stunningly unique coffee that we absolutely love. We knew we had to share this one with the club, and we really want to know what you think about this medley of flavor!