Ethiopia Busa Bechane

The lighter ranges feature apricot, peach and mango fruits, syrupy sweetness, a trace of mandarin citrus, and a praline almond roast tone. As it cools the brightness has the grape-like character of tartaric acidity. With slightly more "degree of roast" I find the same fruits with a more jammy intensity, and milk chocolate starts to ebb the sweetened nut roast taste. City to City+.
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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Heirloom Types
  • Farm Gate Yes
Region Africa
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-dried
Arrival date Dec 26 2012
Lot size 100bags/boxes
Bag size 60.00kg
Packaging GrainPro liner
Farm Gate Yes
Cultivar Detail Heirloom Varietals
Grade 2
Appearance .2 d/300gr, 17-18 Screen
Roast Recommendations A wide range of roasts works with Busa Bechane. The lighter City to City+ levels had stunning fruit notes with nutty tones, darker roast turn jammy, with milk chocolate
Weight 1
Busa Bechane is the name of a cooperative in the Western Ethiopia growing region of Jimma. It is located in the Kersa kebele (a county) and situated at 1780 meters. The coop was started in 2010 and has a strong report card on meeting its commitments to farmer-members. The coop is assisted by a US-based non-government organization to improve it's coffee farming practices and processing techniques, as well as care for it's business practices. It is graded on whether it meets it's goals and so far Busa Bechane has achieved 87% of its coffee production and farm management goals, 75% of its health & safety goals for members and 77% of its environmental responsibility goals. This may seem vague and abstract but when I have visited cooperatives working in this system, the difference is night and day between these ones and others who are poorly managed in both coffee and business practices. We also know that the system means no graft, and accountability to members, returning the best prices for coffee cherry as well as a second after-harvest dividend payment that results directly from the higher price we pay for their coffee. Busa Bechane arrived on our last Ethiopia container which is quite late. We were nervous that shipping delays might have taken something out of the cup quality of the coffee. But these lots cup fresh and sweet!
The dry fragrance has toasted almond and cocoa, with dark honey sweetness. The wet aroma follows in line with the fragrance from the dry grounds with red honey and a dusting of cocoa, but there is also stone fruit notes of peach and apricot, with the scent of wildflowers. On the break there is a chocolate nougat note. The cup is awesome at a wide range of roast levels from a very light City to Full City+ or more. The lighter ranges feature apricot, peach and mango fruits, syrupy sweetness, a trace of mandarin citrus, and a praline almond roast tone. As it cools the brightness has the grape-like character of tartaric acidity. With slightly more "degree of roast" I find the same fruits with a more jammy intensity, and milk chocolate starts to ebb the sweetened nut roast taste. Given the late arrival date of this coffee, the fresh and clean fruited sweetness is doubly impressive. If there is one place you can truly hope for a miracle with a delayed shipment, it is Ethiopia where coffee is stored in parchment at a perfect temperature and 2200 meters altitude. That seems to have played a role here.