Ethiopia Ogawa Natural 2010-2011


Bean name Ethiopia Ogawa Natural 2010-2011
Country Ethiopia
Region Dire Dawa/Harrar
Other info Heirloom Cultivars, Longberry & Shortberry, N


This is a blend of coffees brought together at origin by the exporter Moplaco and called Ogawa. It is naturally processed, sundried coffee.

Moplaco are really focussed on Ethiopia, its people and the quality of its coffee. In Addis they have 2 separate mills, one for sundried the other for washed. Heleanna the current owner is a lovely lady who has a real passion and love for what she does. Moplaco has strong links with farmers and owns many dry/wet mills in various coffee growing regions. They have a very strong ethical stance on equality and pay during the trading process from farm to export - one of the main reasons we are very happy to deal with them. They have excellent links with Harrar which is where the company originates. Moplaco also has a mill in Yirgacheffe.

I don't know the make-up of this blend as they are very secrative about what they do, but I have a feeling that one component is from Harrar as there is a lovely blueberry note in it. It is a blend of 2 sundried coffees both grown over 1800 metres. We decided to take a bit of a gamble and add it into stock even though we didn't know much about it in terms of traceability, but in the cup it is fantastic, and that's where all the work gets done.

The beans look a little bit higgledy piggledy with some very different longberries mixed in with some more conventional but smaller beans, but don't cup with your eyes, cup with your taste buds.

In the cup it's big a blueberry tied-in with dark fruit that is huge in the aftertaste, with a little bit of special natural funk. This is something a little different, complex with a delicious mouthfeel

Farm: Not known - Cooperative based
Varietal:Longberry and Shortberry heirloom cultivars
Region: Dire Dawa
Processing: Naturally processed
Altitude: 1800 mtrs upwards
Owner: Cooperative
Region: Harrar/another
Exporter: Moplaco

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 8/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 6/8
Correction +36
Total 88

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