Article by The Roasting House for Coffee Club delivery 2014-11-22
After reading what the experts regarded as the best growing regions for coffee we realised, to our shame considering it’s the origin of coffee, we have never actually had an Ethiopian coffee in stock. We were straight in touch with our suppliers to find out what there is on offer and after lots of research we came across a gem we have been itching to share with you since arrival.
From the Sidamo Province in Ethiopia which is famed for its varied high quality coffees, this Grade 2 rated coffee from Moredocofe (standing for More Direct Organic Coffee) is from a certified Organic and Rainforest Alliance (RFA) farm situated approximately 1800 metres above sea level which is quite high in world coffee terms. At higher altitudes the coffee cherry grows slower to give a denser bean which from a roaster’s point of view requires a slower and lower temperature roast to release the oils trapped within. At higher temperatures with high altitude grown beans you are in danger of just cooking the outside of the beans and not releasing the goodness within.
On opening the bag from our supplier, the immediate aroma of lemon greeted us and typical in our experience of African beans they are a consistent size with a blue-grey-ish tint. Rated Grade 2 (G2 is premium and G1 is specialty) we found no defects in our bag but being G2 instead of G1 it allows us to bring you this top quality coffee without the “how much?!?!” exclamation a lot of the top rated coffee commands (although watch this space for The Roasting House bringing some G1, Cup of Excellence and 100% Jamaican Blue Mountain to Nottingham soon). G3 is commodity grade as well as the bulk of the harvest and is what you will find in most cafes and other roasted coffee bags unless they are advising otherwise.
We also loved reading about how the taste is enhanced with the gold rich soil and their conservation of nature to receive their story RFA certification in 2007. We think it’s going to prove one of our most popular coffees because it fits so many profiles in all brewing styles.
“The coffee plant, Coffea arabica, originates in Ethiopia. According to legend, the 9th-century goatherder Kaldi discovered the coffee plant after noticing the energizing effect the plant had on his flock, but the story did not appear in writing until 1671 and is probably apocryphal.”
Roasting & Tasting notes
For Coffee Club we opted for a city (medium) roast to let the taste of the beans lead and recommend going no darker than Viennese (dark roast). The beans tend to look a little darker than roast level because of the longer roasting process but keeping a close eye on the beans we started the cooling process after we see the 1st crack has fully developed but before 2nd crack has time to coat any of the beans in its inner oils.
In the cup it’s fruity with low acidity. Dark chocolate and hints of citrus. Very bright and smooth in the mouth making it very easy drinking.
This coffee is available to buy from The Roasting House. Use voucher code ‘NottsDelivery’ for free delivery in Nottingham. Please note only one voucher can be used per order.