HIDDEN WISDOM, Ethiopian Guji (MEDIUM)
"The Coyote is a teacher of Hidden Wisdom."
Key Note: The most elevated coffee we roast year round.
Jay's personal favorite.
Single Origin: Ethiopian Guji
Roast Level: Medium Roast
Body: Full Body
We taste: Chocolate, Almonds & Stone-fruit
Altitude: 1800-1900 Meters
Roasters Comments: Inspiring and memorable in the cup. Makes a statement expressing something exotic and special appreciated by coffee connoisseurs and aficionados... and yet, is approachable enough to be enjoyed simply for what it is - an incredible and exciting cup coffee.
Farmers Comments: The road south out of Addis Ababa leads straight to the coffee country. The new highway toll road makes travel to the lowlands quicker than ever, but the pace slows down when the road starts to climb into the mountains. At Shashamane town, the western road carries travelers into the heart of the Sidama Guji coffee region, past family farms and pointed huts made of curved reeds.
Thousands of small farmers live in this area, growing coffee at high altitudes where the Rift Valley meets the Bale Mountains. Farms range in size from 1 to 20 hectares, and banana and mango trees grow alongside coffee trees, imparting their fruity flavors into the soil. For hundreds of years, people here have governed by the Gadaa system, an indigenous democratic process of electing a leader and local representatives.
The area is rich in history – and rich in coffee. Producers bring their ripe harvests to central washing stations, where the cherries are pulped and washed with mountain spring water the same day. The pulped coffee goes into a fermentation tank for 72 hours, then is washed, spread, and sun-dried for up to 2 weeks on raised beds. The people of the Guji region take pride in the high quality of this sweet, clean coffee. Take one taste and you will immediately understand why.