For those of you who have been constant fans of the natural processed Ardi coffees that we’ve roasted in years past, you’ll be sure to love our new natural Guji selection for this year. I spent the past several months sampling over 2 dozen type, pre-ship, and arrival samples, and interviewed a handful of importer partners, to bring you a coffee with greater cup consistency and tractability than in years past. I’m pleased to have finally settled on a lot from the Layo Tarago wet mill in the township of Haro Wachu, via the help of the sourcing and origin expertise of Cafe Imports.
Layo Taraga Washing Station was founded in the year 2000, and serves 500 smallholder farms, each of whom owns about 1/2 hectare of land in the area around Haro Wachu town in the Uraga District. According to the washing station manager, this lot is a selection of Bourbon variety coffees. According to the washing station manager, most of the coffee delivered to the factory is Bourbon, and some is Typica: While these are two varieties better-known in Central and South America, the same terms are used colloquially in Ethiopia to describe certain coffee-berry-disease-resistant cultivars. The Ethiopian “Bourbon” and “Typica” varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world.
This cup delivers everything I look for in a Grade 1 sundried natural from the region. Aromas explode with ripe fruit: blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and melon. With sweet and floral top notes, and milk chocolate base notes. The body is lush and almost syrupy, with a long finish.