Heirloom Ethiopian Varietals
Jasmine, Chocolate & Sweet Blueberries
Cover Image : View from Eagle’s Nest, Kowloon. Photo by BeanCurious
Usually, the darker you roast a coffee, the floral accents go up in smoke. But with Sidamo, you can still detect jasmine and rich fruit flavours all the way up the roasting profile. These beans are SHB (Strictly Hard Bean), meaning the plants that mothered these beans struggled to survive at an elevation above 2,200M (7,000 FT). The few berries that did manage to mature, did so very slowly, absorbing more nutrients from the soil and producing more complex flavour profiles. Once ripened they were picked and immediately dried, without removing the pulp, in raised beds using a technique called Natural Processing. Natural process coffees are more eco-friendly as they don’t create acidic water as part of the processing waste but this technique is finicky. Skill is required to rotate the shrivelling berries by hand for an entire month to ensure an even drying process that prevents mould and rot spoiling the crop. But the end result of this effort is well worth it: a rich, densely fruity cup that tastes brilliantly sweet. You may want to skip the sugar with this one.
- Roaster’s Choice – Our most popular option, for this coffee we roast it on the dark side, bringing out intense sweetness and unmistakable jasmine aromas.
- Light – The Jasmine comes out much clearer, dancing across a sweet blueberry aftertaste.
- Dark to Espresso – Very sweet and creamy with more blueberry/chocolate notes in the cup. Hints of Jasmine are still detectable in the aromas.
No pre-Ground beans?
All of our coffees come whole bean. We know it’s inconvenient but once ground, coffee sheds its flavour fast. If you care enough about coffee to get freshly roasted beans, then you owe yourself a good burr grinder.