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Region: Shara, Guanga, Yirgacheffee
Notes: Coffee blossom, melon, blueberry
Description: A natural Ethiopian from the lush, forested region of Yirgacheffe. This beautiful lot – named after the local Adado tribe – boasts a bold coffee blossom profile, delicately balanced with bright notes of melon and blueberries, and ending with a hint of caramel and milk chocolate.
Ethiopia is hallmarked as a superb coffee producing region, in particular for the incredible diversity of flavour and character that exists among micro-regions. One of the benefits of Ethiopian coffees is the complete mix of varieties. It is estimated that somewhere between 6,000 – 10,000 varieties exist naturally in these highlands – the origin of coffee.
Adado coffees are from the Gedeo Zone, and are named after the local tribe. Comprising of 7,000 farmers, contributing to 8 mills and exporting 20-30 containers annually, the region is located within Yirgacheffe, an area renowned for its lush forested terrain and perfect coffee-thriving environment. The predominant flavour profile of the Adado region is stone fruit, apricot and peaches. This is supported by citrus and floral undertones to produce a delicious cup. The natural process of these lots really complement the typical profile of this coffee beautifully.
Processing plays a huge role in making Ethiopian coffees distinctly Ethiopian, as well as distinct from one another, washed or natural. Previously, coffee was to be sold through the ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) where they were classified, graded, and in turn, lost most of their traceability. As of March 2017, a reform allowing Ethiopian smallholder coffee growers and co-operatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly was approved. As a result of this reform, there is now a greater separation of top coffee lots and an increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia.
Greater traceability allows coffee to be bought directly from the same washing stations every year and opens the potential for partnerships with farmers and small communities to select out special lots, much like this one.
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