Michiti is a juicy bodied coffee, with fruit flavors to match. Papaya, citrus, and stone fruit dominate the cup, along with floral tea and baking spice elements throughout. While complex, the top notes and acidity strike a well-integrated balance. Versatile in the roaster and in brew method. City to Full City.
Michiti is a cooperative in the far Western are of Ethiopia called Kaffa, where coffee is said to originate as a understory plant in the dense forests. Michiti has been our favorite coffee from this area, and has 260 coop members growing coffee on small farms at a range of 1700 to 1900 meters. In this area, the idea of a coffee farm might need to be defined more specifically; much coffee is simply planted in the forests, untended, then harvested when ripe. Other coffee is simply found growing wild and harvested. A few farms are more intentionally planted, pruned, and improved over time. The cooperative has received assistance in their business organization and accounting, agronomy and processing, as well as in marketing the coffee. They also paid a record dividend to farmers this year after the harvest, based on the premium price we paid for their coffee. And it deserves it!
The dry fragrance has a unique scent, with delicate sweetness, honey graham cracker and cinnamon, along with slight floral allusions. With a little more roast, there is a chocolate brownie note too, with continued baking spice notes. Adding the hot water, the aromatics change to hefty raw sugar, with floral jasmine pearl tea, and baked peaches. This interesting blend of sweetness and spice with such a clean and clear distinction is something unexpected in Kaffa coffee; which are historically dry-processed, leaving these notes buried behind processing flavors. The cup has some of the same characteristics, Earl Grey tea and stone fruits. It's a very balanced cup in this respect, with brightness and substantial, creamy body. Notes of papaya, rose hips, and hibiscus lend a complexity to the cup profile. Dark notes are especially fruited with flavors of citrus and berry. The finish reveals a spice mix of fresh ginger, cinnamon stick, a hint of allspice. The roast notes, especially in the City+ to Full City range, have a compelling "sugar-browning" note, with the interacting flavors of caramel, butter and vanilla.