Husen Adem grows coffee in Sawana, Ethiopia. Recently, he inherited six hectares of land from his father. Now, he grows coffee there to support his young family. The Sawana Kabele is part of the larger Odo Shakiso, Guji region. His coffee expresses the fruity and funky notes that have made natural process coffees from Guji famous. The unique and intriguing notes come from a variety of factors: coffee cherry quality, processing quality, and intentional sourcing. This popular style of coffee encouraged collaborative sourcing in Ethiopia over the past two years.
Mike Marquard of Blueprint met Ture Waji in January of 2018. At the time, Ture’s aunt and uncle employed him as a representative of their coffee stations in Guji – Guji Highlands PLC and Mormora PLC. From this first meeting, Blueprint sourced Allona last year.
Since that harvest, Ture started his own company, Dambi Uddo Agro Industry PLC in the Dambi Uddo area of Guji. There, he buys fresh-picked cherry from local farmers, like Husen Adem. First, they buy only the best cherries. Then, they thinly spread them on top of raised beds to dry. As a result, risk of molding and rotting during the drying process is reduced. Additionally, it allows the sweet fruit flavors to be more present in the cup.
Currently, the station only employs the natural process for drying coffee from Husen Adem and other farmers in Shakiso, Ethiopia.
Gold and Tantalum make up Guji’s primary export. Coffee, however, is the major cash crop. Unfortunately, the two industries compete for land. The mining trade demands deforestation in Guji. So, the progressive stations in Guji, like Dambi Udo, Guji Highlands, and Mormora, promote reforestation with native trees.
Team taste notes: cherry, grapefruit, campari, orange, lemon, malt, molasses, berry
Penrose, named after the triangle, is our seasonal espresso blend. We feel the perfect espresso is an impossible goal, but we still strive to create it. Penrose is our ever-updated offering in the quest for the perfect espresso. While the seasonal components will vary throughout the year, it is always (nearly) perfect for your hopper.
Penrose seasonal espresso blend aims to:
Penrose also does well in the brewer – look for notes of lasting sweetness and heavy body, with a subdued acidity.
Sometimes our sourcing plans do align ever so perfectly. For v23, we combine our work in Guatemala with Los Volcanes and the beginning of our work in Ethiopia with Dambi Uddo AI. For three years now, we’ve purchased washed coffee from San Carlos, the neighboring farm to the wet mill operated by Los Volcanes. This coffee testifies to the consistency and quality of the Antigua region, intentional growing, and fantastic processing.
Dambi Uddo AI marks its first complete harvest with the 2018-2019 season. Active partner Ture Waji hosted us in Guji, Ethiopia in January of 2018. His focus on natural processing, the growers in Guji, and the environment were obvious. At that time, he represented his aunt and uncle’s stations at Mormora and Allona. So, when he established his own station in Guji this year, we partnered with Atlantic Specialty to bring part of his first natural crop to St. Louis. Husen Adem grows coffee near Ture’s collection station on six hectares of land. As a result of the partnership with Ture, we connected to our first single-farm Ethiopian coffee. This just goes to show that maintaining relationships and some patience can pay off.
chocolate, blueberry, earthy, heavy-bodied, brown sugar
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