This week we are unveiling the first of four new coffees we will be introducing to you over the course of the next few weeks. We are very excited - as usual - about new coffees as they always give us the chance to enjoy something new, or to experience something familiar, yet with a new twist. We continue to commit ourselves to sourcing exceptional coffees for you. Here are the two newest.
Decaf Ethiopian Harrar Dry Process (Swiss Water) - $12.50
A year ago we had a regular coffee from Harrar that was easily one of our best sellers while it lasted. Not only are coffees from this eastern region of Ethiopia growing more rare by the year (farmers are opting to plant a drug call Kat, which fetches a higher price), but they are among the most provocative and sought after in terms of flavor the world over.
The hallmark of a stellar Harrar coffee is a tasting note of blueberry. To find this in a coffee that has not been decaffeinated is one thing. But to have it hold up in a decaf... that is extraordinary.
When one of our brokers brought up this coffee, I knew I had to get it for you as I had never come across a Harrar decaf. So, here it is. This is going to be one of those coffees that will do very well as iced. So, it is perfect as we head into the dog days of summer. It would be perfect to sip in the evenings on your porch without worry as it is decaf. It is Swiss Water Process decaf, so, no bad chemicals or off tastes; just great coffee.
In the cup you can expect and medium body with an intense flavor. Blueberry and chocolate are the primary flavor attributes. A lovely coffee from an ancient coffee region.
Ethiopian Konga Dry Process - $12.95
I am pleased to introduce the new Africa Project Coffee: Ethiopia Konga Dry Process. As you may know, we donate money directly to East Africa Zarephath Ministry for every bag of Africa Project coffee we sell. That wonderful ministry is involved in helping provide for HIV orphans in and around a village named Machakos in Kenya. With this coffee, we will send $3 per bag. So, drink up and feel especially good.
You are about to think I am crazy, but this coffee has the most distinct note of strawberry that I have ever experienced in a cup of coffee. I know, you think I am crazy. Thing is, I am not!
Of all the many fruits I have associated with tasting coffee, strawberry has never been one of them. So, as you can imagine, when I first cupped this and tasted what was unmistakeble as the ripe summer berry of June, I was blown away. Side note, I am cold brewing some of this coffee right now and, if it turns out the way I think it will, I will have it this weekend at the Oakley Fancy Flea. Just saying.
This coffee comes to us from the Yirgacheffe zone of Ethiopia, on the southwestern part of the country and long known for its fine washed coffees. Incidentally, it is very close to the part of Ethiopia believed to be the birthplace of coffee, and as such, these are heirloom varietals of the shrub.
No matter your preference of coffees, this is one you will not want to miss. For one thing, it is unusual in that it is a dry process coffee from Yirgacheffe. That is what gives it the bright, gorgeous strawberry note. But more than that, coffees of this caliber from this part of the world are so rarely found in the Midwest of our nation, that we owe it to ourselves to try them when they run across our paths.
In the cup you can expect to find a lively coffee with brightness and a beautiful round note of strawberry. The finish is refreshing and the mouthfeel nice and silky.