||Ethiopia Ana Sora Washed 2019
||Area: Guji Zone
||Varietal: Indigenous wild varietals
We're now into our fourth wonderful year of having coffee from Ana Sora and I'm as excited this year as I was back in 2016! This coffee represents lots of time and energy working at the farmer's gate in Ethiopia; not only that but the coffee is the only private estate from which we have ever bought in Ethiopia. Add to these points the fact that it's one of the most unique coffees I've ever tasted, and you can understand why I’m excited.
My inbox has been full of emails asking for more more more Ana Sora! Well, here you go folks : D in the past we only had a naturally processed coffee (check it out here!) from the farm however this year we also have a washed version too. Make sure to try them side by side if you get the chance to enjoy the delicious differences the different processing methods bring to the cup.
This private farm is owned by Israel Degfa, a second-generation coffee grower from Ethiopia. The farm covers 250 hectares, only 150 of which are currently producing coffee; however, it is estimated that the remaining 100 hectares will be in full coffee production by 2018.
Situated alongside the river Turo, the farm currently only produces naturally processed coffee. However, in future the farmers will take advantage of the water source and the planned increased production capacity to begin producing washed coffee too - yeah you know I'll get some when I can!
As coffee farms go, it's a very new farm and was only formed in 2013. It's located at a whopping altitude of between 1,900 and 2,350 metres above sea level, a gorgeous but somewhat tiring walk! (it's not all just holiday snaps this coffee buying malarkey!) It is unusual to find private farms of 250 hectares in Ethiopia, and even more unusual to find them at such high altitudes. The altitude helps with the slower maturation of the coffee cherry and allows more time for the plant to develop which contributes to the super unique cup profile we see in coffees from Ethiopia.
Coffee growing is popular in this area, and Israel also sources coffee from the surrounding area populated by smallholder farmers who speak Oromife and are of Oromo ethnicity. Israel believes in helping these farmers through education in husbandry and also through financial assistance.
The classic washed Yirgacheffe flavours are right there - black tea with a bergamot edge. The classic floral notes are there too, reminding me of apple blossom. More than those classic flavours, there's also a delicate bakers chocolate in the finish along with a white sugar sweetness that lifts this into something very special.
Area: Guji zone
Nearest town: Yirgacheffe
Farm: Ana Sora
Varietal: Indigenous wild varietals
Owner: Israel Degfa
Founding year: 2013
Altitude: 1,900 – 2,350 m.a.s.l.
Farm size: 250 hectares, of which 150 hectares are coffee.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Black tea, bergamot, apple blossom, baker's chocolate, white sugar
Clean cup: (1–8): 7
Sweetness: (1–8): 7
Acidity: (1–8): 6.5
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
Flavour: (1–8): 7.5
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
Balance: (1–8): 6
Overall: (1–8): 7
Correction: (+36): +36
Total: (max. 100): 89
Medium - through first, keep it fairly quick and drop this mid-way through the gap between cracks.
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