Ethiopia Dry Process Yirg. Baraka Buna

Ethiopia Dry Process Yirg. Baraka Buna

Farm Description

Baraka Buna means first coffee in the Amharic language, which we used last year for a wet processed version from this particular washing station. This lot comes from the peak of the harvest, and being a dry process ("DP"), delivery is a bit later than the washed counterparts as processing is more labor and time intensive. But we like the name, and so we're using it again this time around! The coffee comes from the Kochore area, the mill being located not far outside the town of Chele'lektu. The cup quality is top notch. Kochore has produced some of our favorite Yirga Cheffe coffees in the past, with a highly aromatic cup and intense, lively brightness. We find that the dry process lots that come out of this station to show much cleaner, more articulate fruit flavors than the average DP, and with acidity that really helps to prop up the complex cup profile. In 2015 and early 2016, I traveled around and saw some stations managing the large volumes from an abundant harvest quite well and others floundering under the pressure, taking coffee of the drying beds when it was too wet, or layering coffee too thickly. Oddly we saw a lot of overdrying on offer samples as well. This lot was prepared to Grade 1 standards, and the altitudes of area farms range from 1800 to 2100+ meters.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This is a remarkably beautiful coffee. Starting with the dry grounds, deeply sweet honey and tropical fruit scents saturate the olfactory, bolstered by convincing ripe berry, and sweet citrus accents. Adding hot water, these qualities only intensify. Top notes of fruit punch and red honey, with a blueberry pie and delicate floral hint wafting up in the steam off the break. The cup bears out the aromatics with little surprise; intense sweetness, fresh to dried fruits, and surprisingly well-defined flavors through the long finish. The fruited notes of are best characterized as pineapple punch, blueberry purée, dried mango and dark orange emerging as the coffee cools. There is a jasmine floral aroma too, most apparent in the light roasts, with a more rose-like scent toward City+ level. The body is inky in middle to dark roasts, further enhancing a layered chocolate bittersweetness that comes with roast development. Baraka Buna has a surprising level of acidity for a dry processed coffee which does well to prop up this complex cup profile. It's fantastic as a brewed coffee in light to middle roasts, and judging from the level of chocolate and dark fruits present in Full City roasts, will make a wild and viscous shot of espresso.

Score

91

Lot Size

100 x 46 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

Great at wide roast range; City - City+ are the brightest, with max fruit complexity - Full City builds syrupy chocolate undercurrent, dark fruit, and inky body

Processing

Dry Process

Varietal

Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

One; .8 d/300gr, 15+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Peaking through at completely dried whole cherry

Along the road to Chele'lektu town

Making deliveries in Yirga Cheffe

Harvesting near-uniform ripe cherry in Kochore region
 

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