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Sampling new crop Ethiopian coffees is one of our favourite times of the year and this year did not disappoint! The quality of the samples cupped was outstanding and it was tough to make a final decision – generally when showcasing Ethiopian coffees, we try to seek out the most classic of flavour profiles to best display what makes these coffees world famous.
This year’s lot blew us away with the notes of mango, peach, nectarine, jasmine and black tea – everything we tend to search for in our Ethiopian washed coffees. We hope you enjoy this beautiful example from the birthplace of coffee – we find it performs best as a black filter to allow you to fully access all of its complexity.
Unsurprisingly, the best lot we tasted this year comes to us from the Kata Muduga Union Coop Society which is responsible for some of the best known coffees from the region of Jimma – the Duromina, Nano Challa and Yukro stations are all part of this Society. This region has historically been infamous for its low quality production of the Djimma 5 poorly processed natural coffee. In 2010, the development project TechnoServe (funded by Bill and Melinda Gates) helped these coops in remote producing regions to improve the quality of what they produced increasing the price that could be achieved for these coffees – nowadays, they consistently generate some of the highest prices paid to farmers in the country.
Geta Bore is one of the coops that benefitted – it is located in the Metu Bishari forest which provides ample shade coverage for the slow development of the cherries. The coffee trees found in this region include landrace varietals of Kuburi, Bedessa, Yawan and Dalacha along with several improved varietals from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (74110, 74112, 74140, 74165). The producing group benefits from ongoing agronomy training and business advice from one of the TechnoServe trained team members which has helped them to consistently raise the cup profile of the coffee they produce.
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Found this bean full of strong aromas of citrus fruit - orange, satsuma & apricot. Refreshing & lingering to the taste. So, I tried this with toast & marmalade and found myself sat at breakfast with Geta Bore. A delight!
So much range of balance in the characteristic of this Geta Bore.
Typical Ethopian vibrancy has been harnessed in the roast, I was mainly extracting espresso from this roast which provided everything expected from this origin and roast style.
The roast date was still fairly fresh, within two weeks of receiving the beans.
The packaging and product info was amazing, the design and substantial box that the coffee arrives in is beautiful.
The product did take more than twice the time to arrive by Royal Mail than other Coffee suppliers I have used, but as long as you plan ahead for Coffee delivery this doesn't have to be a problem.
These beans were a treat for me as they are priced slightly higher than I usually budget for day to day coffee, but very worth it.
Amounts only available in 250g or 1K amounts which does make the price difference and quantity significant, maybe offer 500g options too on all coffee?
I will definitely be treating myself again at some point as there are around 20 origins and blends available, not all always available, but nevertheless the range is impressive.
From order through delivery and taste North Star have sourced and roasted a great tasting coffee.
Ethiopia Geta Bore