Moderate brightness, peach notes, floral hints, and an overlay of chocolate roast taste. Dense body gives it a nectar-like mouthfeel. Darker roasts really bring out the bittering chocolate aspect of this coffee balanced with lemon hints. Full City to Full City+.
Camp Coffee. I know this will be the source of a few jokes, especially since camp coffee (at least to me) means not-so-tasty coffee that is enjoyable because, well, it's hot, and your camping! Anyway, I have been to the Camp cooperative mill, and I still can't explain the name. It just is. Camp is in the Illubabor district of western Ethiopia. It is not far from the main paved road on the way to Bedele town. I measured the altitude at the Camp mill at 1897 meters, but most of the coffee comes from the higher areas in the vicinity, up to 2100 meters. This lot of Camp is part of an initiative we set up in Ethiopia two years ago, in order to work direct at the coop level. The program is administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members.
Camp has a more balanced fragrance and aroma than other Ethiopias from the area. The dry grounds are not outrageously floral or fruited at first, but hint at almond essence, dried cherry, and some dusky wildflower notes . Adding hot water to the dry grounds brings this coffee to life. A strong sweetness I will characterize as "peach preserves" dominates, with cane sugar juice and dark honey. The cup has a moderate brightness when you stack it up against other wet-process Ethiopia coffees. Fragrant peach notes come through as well as the same latent floral aspect hinted at in the aroma, but with an overlay of chocolate roast taste. Camp has a rather dense body, which, coupled with the apricot and peach notes give it a nectar-like mouthfeel. Darker roasts really bring out the bittering chocolate aspect of this coffee, and In fact is the reason I prefer roasting Camp to Full City/Full City+. The chocolate bittersweet tang is really pleasant at this level, while lemon hints come through to vivify the cup flavors. I let one batch go a tad into 2nd crack and really appreciated the SO espresso shot from this, a bit bright, but with a long, reverberating aftertaste.