TASTING NOTES | STRAWBERRY. FLORAL. LEMON. BLACK TEA
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. Reminds us of a British cream tea!
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, cherries are carried straight to raised beds, where they are spread into a single layer for drying. They are raked regularly and sorted to remove any damaged cherries 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 should the weather be 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.
Country of origin: Ethiopia
Region: Daanisa, Guji
Farm: Dambi Uddo
Producers: Dambi Uddo Washing Station
Varieties: JARC varieties
Processing: Natural (Organic grade)
Harvest & Shipping: November-January 2021
SCA Quality Score: 87
Suggested brew method: Espresso