||Ethiopia Kasu Abriham Natural Kumie, Diga & Wilsho 2018
||#SSSSS Limited Editions 2018
||Varietal: Kumie, Diga & Wilsho
Number 12 of 12, December 2018, in the #SSSSS 2018 - Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription. A limited availability series of roasted coffee beans.
This month it's: Ethiopia Kasu Abriham Natural Kumie, Diga & Wilsho 2018
Hello!! Goodbye!! 11 months and 11 delicious coffees later, we’ve reached our final #SSSSS of 2018!
This has been our fourth year of Steve’s Super Secret Stash Subscription and a huge pleasure to share some delightful gems with you all. We’ve run the range from the zingy Lime of Migongo in Rwanda to the rich chocolate of Alasitas in Bolivia and on to the chewy, boozy Doi Pangkhon in Thailand. We’ve tasted lots from seven different countries already - but we’ve still got one more to add to the list.
For December, I’ve saved a lot from a country I wasn’t expecting to be able to do as an #SSSSS - Ethiopia. You can read more about the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) all around the internet (here's a post I did back in 2012), but the short version is that, from 2008 to 2017, farmers couldn’t easily sell their coffee without it going through the auction and losing that connection about who produced it. Thankfully for us, in 2017 that changed slightly and there is now a way for farmers to sell their coffee more directly.
This change meant that this year’s crop of Ethiopian coffees has included production from some very small scale farmers, you can find out more details over here on Hasblog. We’ve been delighted to have a Washed and Natural on our website from Tadess Roba and his family, but they weren’t the only excellent coffee on the cupping table when we started looking. This month’s tiny 2 bag lot comes from Kasu Abirham and his family.
The farm is pretty small – just over 3 Hectares of coffee, It’s just to the West of Yirgacheffe town in the Beloya district, on the road to Chelelektu town. Like many farmers in the area around Yirgacheffe, the farm is planted with Kumie, Diga and Wilsho varietals. These are native coffee varietals that have traditionally been cultivated locally and become firm favourites with farmers in this area.
In the cup this delivers a big hit of black cherry, followed by a sweetness which reminds me of molasses. It’s a super clean natural which combines a thick body with an unusual hint of effervescence. On the finish you'll get fresh raspberry along with subtle florals. A super interesting and tasty lot to wrap up the year!
Region: Beloya, Gedeo
Producers: Kasu Abriham & family
Altitude: around 2000 m.a.s.l.
Varieties: Kumie, Diga & Wilsho
Processing system: Natural
As this is the final coffee of 2018 that means something major, SSSSS 2019! I honestly hope you've enjoyed the last 12 months of coffee and there have been some massive favourites in there, for those of you who have been with me for longer than just 2018 I hope it's been the best year yet!
So - it's renewal time. Same arrangement as last year, you lovely lot get first shout at the available spaces and if there are any that aren't snapped up I'll release them to the general public on our website. I'm going to say 2 weeks from today to get yourself a space for 2019 so - today is November the 29th which puts 2 weeks today as December the 14th, I'll release any remaining spaces on hasbean.co.uk on the morning of Friday the 15th of December.
Time for some bad news, the price is going up a little. I originally set the price of this subscription at £71.00 back in 2014, it went up to £75.00 last year and to be totally honest it wasn’t enough to address set rising costs of this service. The website price for this year will be £100.00 but as an existing subscriber you can get it for £90.00 by entering the discount code "sstevessecretss" during checkout. If you have any coffee friends who would like to sign up for 2019 you're totally welcome to share that code with them so they can also enjoy the slightly cheaper price, but please don't make it obviously public or there's a risk all the spaces could go before everyone reading this email gets a chance to take action.
Now that might initially sound like quite a jump, but it works out at an extra £1.25 per bag for you lovely resubscribers, that's an overall total of £7.50 per bag including postage each month - I still think that's rather awesome value and I hope based on the coffees I've sent out over the past few years you agree : )
The prices of things in general have gone up since back in 2014, in a really simple way I just can't buy as much coffee for my money as I used to be able to. We're now regularly sourcing special small lots specifically for #SSSSS to make sure you're getting interesting and exciting (and delicious!) coffee each month, that takes time and resources to secure, but is something we definitely enjoy. Having an audience like yourselves that I know definitely appreciate and enjoy something a little different really allows me to explore some interesting options when it comes to sourcing, but is also a unique challenge too!
We also got a telling off from Royal Mail about our package sizes and so instead of shipping in the original weight band we've now had to move up to the next 1, up to 250g increased to 251-500g and higher weight band = more expensive shipping per bag and that needs to be covered and factored into the pricing.
Enough with my waffling, I could go on for a while but don't want to type 1 of the longest newsletters to ever hit your inbox. Without further ado here is a link to take you to the product page for this year...
Those of you who like to have multiple subscriptions running at once to get 500g / 750g and more a month please get in touch with our Online team at firstname.lastname@example.org to make the process of resubscribing a little easier, they're there to help and fear not you won't miss out on spaces!
And that's that. I hope to see you all again in 2019!
Merry Christmas, happy new year, so long, and thanks for all the fish : )
"Quick Look" Guide:
Black cherry, molasses, effervescent, raspberry, floral.
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