What is a Wush Wush? While it sounds like a Dr. Seuss character, in fact it's a place name, as well as a coffee cultivar. This variety was collected from the Ethiopian area of Wush Wush, which is in the Kaffa region bordering the Bonga forest. It has the same story as the Gesha cultivar, which comes from an area a few hours away: Wush Wush was part of the Food and Agriculture Organization variety collection as was Gesha, that was duplicated at research gardens around the world. These seeds came from Cenicafe research farm in Colombia and were planted on the Monte Verde farm in Herrera, Tolima. I had seen the variety before planted at El Roble farm in Bucaramanga Colombia, and in fact I have been to Wush Wush several times, currently more famous for it's tea and tej than coffee. The coffee is very sweet! We don't see the floral notes of it's famous cousin but the cup is enticing all the same!
Intense aromatic of caramelized sugars laced with fruit is the main story here. The dry fragrance has butter caramel candy notes; a slightly darker City+ roast reads as caramel apple. Adding hot water, the scent is perfumed with honeysuckle florals, and the same persistent butter caramel sweetness as a backdrop. The cup is delicious! Fruited notes are punched up in the cup flavors with malic apple-like notes backed by mixed melon flavors and with a lemon tea zest in the finish. The sweetness reads like light brown sugar, a very persistent sweetness that has cola aspects as the cup cools. The body is fairly light, especially at the lighter roast level we tested; City roast really allows the full sweetness of fruit and florals to come through. It's a coffee that is both curious in its varietal pedigree, but really delivers in the cup too. Very, very limited quantity ... this is a 1 bag Micro Lot! We can only offer 1 Lb.to each customer, to allow as many as possible to try this coffee.