Farm Description

This was a top-scoring dry-processed coffee we selected from many Southern Ethiopia samples, sent to us by a private washing station owner in the region. His group do a very good job of managing several washing stations in Yirga Cheffe, of which we've brought in several this year, many garnering our top scores. Located very close to Yirga Cheffe town, the Konga area is a central hub for coffee in the region. This particular lot of Konga is in an area of Yirga Cheffe with a range of 1900-2100 meters, and is dry-processed on raised beds at one station in the Konga zone. Smallholder farmers from around the region delivery their heirloom Ethiopian coffee varietals to the station where it is weighed and then sun dried before being delivered to Addis Ababa for sale. This lot is a "clean" version of the process with its wide array of fruit characteristics easily perceptible. This coffee was prepared to Grade 1 specifications, and while we still have occasional quaker beans in the roast (from under-ripe cherries), these are minimal compared to other super-grade dry-processed coffees.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This Konga Dry-Process is both potent, fruit-forward and quite refined as well. The dry fragrance is very sweet, overflowing with red berry and stone fruit smells, along with tropical fruit beauty, guava and mango. Adding hot water, we get peaches and cream in the light roast, cinnamon stick, and a slight jasmine note, while darker roasts taking on a smell of darker fruit syrups like plum and date. Unlike many naturals we tasted this year, the fruits in Konga aren't over ripe/winey, or "dusty" in flavor. They are relatively brighter in acidity than other dry-process lots. The cup is top-loaded with fruit notes of peach preserves, chocolate-dipped strawberry, and lychee hints, accented by strong sweet spices of chai blends, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. It's a bodied cup, which carries a sweetness of date sugar and molasses long in the aftertastes. A slight jasmine note hangs over the top too. We cupped this coffee at City+ and Full City and it works well at both levels, complex, sweet, and a fairly "clean" cup - especially considering processing method. A coffee that will keep the adjectives rolling! We have used small amounts of this one in espresso blends too, adding a nice fruit zing to the shot (or try as SO for the adventurous types!).

Score

91.5

Lot Size

60 x 60 kg bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ to Full City works well with this coffee

Processing

Dry Process

Varietal

Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

Grade 1; .6 d/300 grams, 15+ Screen

Packaging

Shipped to us in GrainPro
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Coffee bagged for resting in the warehouse at Konga


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Comments

#1 Same Konga as before?

Is this the same Konga that you had a couple months ago?

#2 New arrival Dustin, September

New arrival Dustin, September arrival

#3 fruity

WOW! Opened the bags to roast my first few batches of this coffee and the fermented fruit smell is intoxicating. I can not wait to brew and drink this coffee. I may have to get another 50#.

#4 Notice some different colors in green and final roast

Is that because of the occasional quaker or some other cause?

#5 Sorry for the late

Sorry for the late reply...
Dry process coffees tend to be a bit more spotty because the cherries are dried whole. But there could also be some quakers in the coffee as well. The wet process aids in separating out the quakers. The "spottiness" of the DP adds to the complexity and wildness of the coffee.

Thanks for your question and have a great weekend!

- Danny Goot