TASTING NOTES | ROSEHIP. PEACH. MELON. MILK CHOCOLATE
Country of origin: Ethiopia
Farm name: Dambi Uddo
Location: Daanisa, GUJI
Producers: Dambi Uddo Washing Station
Varieties: JARC varieties, local landraces
Processing: Natural organic, Grade 1
Harvest & Shipping: Oct-March 2022
Farm Size: 5 hectares
SCA Quality Score: 86.5
Suggested brew method: Filter
Our partners at Sookoo Exporters work with small groups of farmers in Daanisa, in the Guji region to ensure their coffee makes it to the best possible market. This coffee is bright and delicate while also retaining the fruit-forward profile so indicative of Naturals from this region.
Daanisa is a sub-kebele in the Guji region. The name comes from the local name for an umbrella-shaped native tree. The daanisa tree has medicinal properties and is used for wide range of construction purposes. Perhaps most importantly, it is used to shade the region’s coffee trees.
Farmers selectively handpick cherry and deliver it to the washing station or to local collection points. At the washing station, coffee is sorted to ensure that only the ripest cherries are processed. The collection agent oversees the quality of the cherries before processing.
Natural coffees, such as this one, are floated in water first to remove any underweight or damaged beans and any debris. Only the cherries that sink are accepted for the higher qualities. Floaters are kept aside to be processed as lower grades. After cleaning, cherry is carried straight to raised beds, where it is spread into a single layer for drying. Cherry is raked regularly and sorted to remove any damaged cherry that may have made it through the initial sorting.
After a few days, washing station staff will increase the thickness of the layer to slow the drying and stabilize humidity. Total drying time can take up to three weeks under cloudy conditions, or two weeks when the weather is sunny.
Sookoo Coffee is a family owned company led by Ture Waji. Sookoo produces high quality organic and specialty coffee. Sookoo is named after the Ethiopian word for gold. Like gold, coffee is precious and Sookoo’s name reflects the care and attention they pay to their coffees.