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We have had to wait a little bit longer for this year’s Ethiopian offering thanks to the delay on the Suez Canal….But Wow, it was worth the wait!
Despite experiencing a pretty major blow to our industry this last year with the global pandemic, we have not been able to hold back buying more coffee! There has simply been too many delicious lots that we have been able to cup over lockdown that we have wanted on our offer list. The Bookisa is one of them…
When sampling new crop Ethiopians, we have pretty high expectations – they are well known for displaying some of the most complex aromas available in coffee that are very terroir specific and this one does not disappoint.
Bookisa is full of summer with notes of juicy nectarine, jasmine florals and mango – there is a champagne-esque feel to the mouthfeel with sweet white chocolate on the finish. Outstanding!
We always enjoy having a washed and a natural processed coffee from Ethiopia. As a coffee producing country, we really think it is the origin that displays the most terroir specific aromas in the cup thanks to the incredible natural forests and the fact that coffee was first discovered here in the 10th century – you can near enough taste a thousand years of growing history!
Usually, natural processed beans are strikingly different to washed coffees with much less acidity and higher levels of body and sweetness. In the case of Ethiopian naturals, this is not always the reality – there is simply so much character already within the cup that those clean and complex notes are simply maximised, becoming more intense while maintaining some acidity but emphasising the sweetness.
This beautifully clean natural lot from the village of Bookisa in the Guji zone is overflowing with character. Being the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia always offers a little magic in the cup and this lot is no different. Coming to us from 38 producers, each with an average of 2.5 hectares, these cherries have been nurtured beneath a natural forest canopy before being harvested and dried naturally on raised beds. Ture Waji (owner of Dambi Uddo – agricultural coop that also processed our Daannisa lot from last year) has worked with these producers to pass on agronomic and post-harvest techniques to help improve quality and yield whilst maintaining the organic approach they take to production.
Not only is this coffee a best in class example of a natural processed Ethiopian, it also supports the amazing Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF) through its purchase. This amazing non-profit organisation works to try and keep girls in education in Ethiopia by fundraising for running scholarships designed to ensure the girls stay in school and avoid early marriage and pregnancy. Although the government has made it illegal to marry before the age of 18, there are still 18.74% of girls that are taken out of school and married by the age of 15. With athletics being so deeply embedded in Ethiopian culture (along with coffee!), it is a fact that running is considered a means to education and a better life. While most of the girls on this program do not go on to become professional athletes, the training provides an incentive for them to stay in school and complete their education. Our import partners, Falcon, have worked with this valuable initiative since 2015 by sponsoring young women and their mothers with healthcare, daily meals, uniform and athletic equipment, books, tutoring and access to school clubs and it is for this reason we purchase our Ethiopian coffee through them.
Local pickups take place from the Roastery on Tong Road, please note we are still operating social distancing so ring the doorbell when you arrive and we can pass your order through the door. Please note our shutter doors will be down for security and temperature reasons but we are always in Monday-Friday between 9 and 5pm. We are offering free shipping for orders above £20 🙂
Once you have placed your order, you will receive an email to confirm it is being processed and then another one to let you know when it has been dispatched. We are currently operating with a 2-3 working day lead time to process your order once you have placed it. If you have ordered a Nova Bakehouse cookie kit, this will be posted on the next available Tuesday along with any other items you have ordered.
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