Last week we had a visit from Sal Bonavita. He came to our #Roastery and shared how much he enjoyed our Africa Blend Coffee. We thought we would take a moment to pull back the curtain and showcase an interesting Ehtiopian farm. This is a unique look into one farm where we source green coffee beans for our stunning Africa Blend Coffee. There are actually four green coffee beans that we roast and blend to create our Africa Blend. However, since the green coffee beans we source for our coffee are usually kept a secret, we will share information on just one farm.
Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Natural Misty Valley coffee bean. Yirgacheffe (also spelled Yirgachefe, Yergacheffe, or Yerga Chefe) is a micro-region within the much larger region of Sidama (or Sidomo) in southern Ethiopia.
FACTOID: Ethiopia is widely considered the birthplace of coffee. The story goes that a shepherd noticed his goats were more active after consuming coffee berries. It is believed that the cultivation of the plants began as early as the 12th century.
The Yirgacheffe bean has long been prized for their delicate, tea-like aromatics and clean citrus flavor. The Misty Valley is a prime example of the fruitiness, complexity, and character of these Natural Yirgacheffe coffees. In the cup, the Misty Valley truly delivers. A perfumed floral aroma leads into a crisp and complex fruit basket flavor. the Natural Misty Valley is subject to an incredible amount of care from start to finish.
"When the ripe cherries are first brought to the mill to dry on raised African beds, they are constanly turned (day and night!) for the first 48 hours of drying to ensure an even evaporation of the moisture from the cherry. This lends a consistency and cleanliness to the cup, which can prove difficult in a process prone to mold and uneven air circulation. After the coffee is fully dried and the skin, mucilage, and parchment removed, it is sorted and traded through the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange as a Grade 1 Yirgacheffe."
FACTOID: When coffee was taken to other countries, people had to find ways to adapt it to the local climate. Arabica coffee grows best in places that have climates similar to that of Ethiopia: mountainous, tropical, with moderate wet and dry seasons. Ethiopian Coffee Buying Manual, USAID, 2011.
Below is great short documentary on the history of Ethiopian coffee.
After the farmers provide us with incredible green coffee beans, the highest quality arabica from along the equatorial belt, our Master Coffee Roaster and his apprentice then roast the green coffee beans to "Cup Perfection". The roasters work closely to blend the green coffee beans in small batches and then hand roast the small batches throughout the day. Our #Roastery smells like heaven on a regular basis. We find that customers will drive past our #Roastery on US Route 101, smell the roast, and then pull off the highway and track us down through Yelp.
We could sacrifice on quality, by purchasing less expensive green coffee beans, and this is exactly what seems to happen when a San Francisco Bay Coffee Roaster grows in volume, but we won't be taking that road. We will continue on our journey, remaining a distinctive high end differentiated brand with high attachment to a loyal customer base. We will continue to make this delicious coffee for you, thank you for being there for us. Please let us know what you think about our coffee. Reviews and comments are always appreciated.
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