Ethiopia Chelelektu – Coffea Roasterie

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This coffee comes from the Kochere region of Ethiopia, a subsection of the Gedeo zone, located south of Yirgacheffe. The Kochere zone has long been known for its incredible coffee. It is easy to produce amazing coffee when you have some of the best growing conditions in the world. High elevations and fertile soils combined with strict processing produce some of the best coffees you will ever taste.

This coffee came through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). Some words on ECX from http://www.ecx.com.et/.

“The Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) is a new initiative for Ethiopia and the first of its kind in Africa. The vision of ECX is to revolutionize Ethiopia’s tradition bound agriculture through creating a new marketplace that serves all market actors, from farmers to traders to processors to exporters to consumers … ECX represents the future of Ethiopia, bringing integrity, security, and efficiency to the market. ECX creates opportunities for unparalleled growth in the commodity sector and linked industries, such as transport and logistics, banking and financial services, and others.”

Still, sourcing can be tricky through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. Traceability is becoming more transparent for roasters and buyers but it still remains a challenge. We worked with Royal Coffee Importers on this particular coffee.  This is one of our favorite coffees this year. We hope you enjoy it!

Region: Kochere, Ethiopia
Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Elevation: 1,850 – 2,000 masl

Now available at www.emerycoffee.com

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Sulawesi PT Toarco – Beansmith Coffee

 

Photos courtesy of Beansmith Coffee.

Coffee was introduced to Indonesia in 1699 and by 1711 was being exported to Europe. Indonesia, which includes Java of the famed “Mocha Java” blend featuring coffee from Yemen and Java, has an ideal geography for coffee plantations. The low acidity and strong body of Indonesian coffees makes them ideal for such blends.

The island group also produces unique micro-climates for the coffee. Sulawesi soil, for example, is rich in iron content which affects the coffee flavor.

Wikipedia describes Sulawesi coffees as, “… clean and sound in the cup. They generally display nutty or warm spice notes, like cinnamon or cardamom. Hints of black pepper are sometimes found. Their sweetness, as with most Indonesian coffees, is closely related to the body of the coffee. The after-taste coats the palate on the finish and is smooth and soft.”

 

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THIS COFFEE
Flavor: Transparent and citric with caramel, green grape and floral flavors.

Origin: TOARCO owns Pedamaran Plantation at 900 – 1250 masl and purchases wet-parchment (at 40% moisture) from small producers at 1200 – 1800 masl. Coffee is trucked to Pedamaran Plantation immediately and coffee gets dried on patios at their mill facilities. If a producer wants to sell their parchment coffee to TOARCO they need to get certified to their standards as far as selective-picking, storage, transportation, moisture levels, etc. Farmers are issued ID cards that allow them to sell their coffee at various purchasing points in the Tana Toraja region during the market of the week. This coffee comes from small producers at the higher altitude areas.

Now available at Emery Coffee.

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Kona/Ka’u Hawaiian Espresso Blend

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This new espresso is a collaboration between Mike Perry (roastmaster) and Miguel Meza (developer), highlighting the sweet and delicate flavors of this magical bean. With keen attention to quality control, component coffees have been selected from Kona and Ka’u on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Molokai. In the 100% Hawaiian espresso blend, Miguel has highlighted the characteristics admired in island coffees; mild, sweet and syrupy with subtle notes of red fruit, macadamia nuts and brandy nuances. The acidity is pleasant and restrained, resulting in an approachable straight shot even at lighter roasts. Since 2007, Miguel has been a top developer of specialty Hawaiian coffees.

REGION: Regional Blend (Kona, Ka’u)
VARIETAL: Caturra, Catuai, Typica
FARM: Various
ALTITUDE: 1500 – 2000 M
DEVELOPER: Miguel Meza
ROAST: Medium – Dark
NOTES: Washed process, Natural dried

Now available at Emery Coffee.

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