Ethiopia Shakiso Washed 2018


Bean name Ethiopia Shakiso Washed 2018
Country Ethiopia
Region Sidamo
Other info Varietal: Indigenous wild varietals


Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, and it's the only indigenous place in which coffee grows. Some of the plant stock can only be found in Ethiopia and has the ability to offer some of the most amazing and diverse cup profiles. With this diversity comes different ends of the spectrum; I have tasted many very ordinary lots that I would never stock – it's why Africa remains a tough place for us to find consistent and amazing coffee – but I have also tasted some of the most special coffees ever from this region, and Africa has the ability to show the non-believers that coffee can taste of other things.

This coffee comes from near the town of Shakiso in the Jemjem sub-zone of the Sidamo province of Ethiopia, approximately 100 kilometres south-west of Yirgacheffe and 70 kilometres west of Hagere Maryam.

Every now and again a sample hits our cupping table and it really wows the whole team, which reminds you why you cup everything. This coffee arrived just like this, with very little information, and it was so delicious we just knew we had to have it : ) so please forgive me for the lack of information on this coffee, but what it lacks in statistics about local animals and rainfall it more than makes up for in deliciousness!

A little bit about the processing behind this washed coffee: ripe cherries are delivered to the mill in Shakiso where they're graded, sorted, de-pulped and then fermented underwater for between 24–48 hours, depending on temperature and humidity. Parchment is sorted in washing channels, and then placed onto raised African drying tables. The drying period generally lasts for up to 2 weeks, until the moisture level in the coffee reaches 12% or lower.

In the cup expect classic flavours of Earl Grey - black tea and bergamot. What steps it up is the citrus which shifts into lemon juice and rind whilst having a juicy body.

Country: Ethiopia
Region: Sidamo
Sub-zone: Jemjem
Town: Shakiso
Process: Washed
Varietal: Indigenous wild varietals
Altitude: 1,850 - 2,100 m.a.s.l.

Roasting Information
Medium - get this through first crack and slow it a little, but don't let it get anywhere near second crack.

"Quick Look" Guide
Black tea, bergamot, lemon juice.

Cupping notes

Clean cup 7/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 7/8
Mouthfeel 7/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 6/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 89

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