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Casa Espresso: Ethiopia, Buriso Amaje, Natural

Tasting notes: Black forest gateau, mango, floral

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Named after farm owner Buriso, who is leading local farms in the Sidama region into speciality coffee. The farm is young, and only have finances to be able to use the natural process method, which is fine by us as it tastes incredible! Black forest gateau straight away, as it cools more like a mango/papaya soft sweetness and floral tones.

This is one of the lots that have come from a group of small farmers in the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia. With the changes to export laws in Ethiopia, small producers are now able to market their coffee directly, but this is still very challenging, and few have access to capital to make this happen.

This group of farmers in Sidama all have between 3 and 12 hectares and all have their own export licenses, however this year they have assigned Buriso Amaje as their group leader and he coordinated the milling and export of the coffee alongside the Falcon team in Addis. Since these producers are small, their main limitation is cash flow, so Falcon prefinanced the coffee in order to ensure they weren’t forced to sell their coffee locally for cash. This group have amazing potential and this year we are seeing some of that, but with the help of Falcon’s agronomist we plan to train them on farm management and picking, processing and drying.

Buriso Amaje is the leader of the group of Sidama farmers and is a leader in the community. Buriso has 12 hectares of coffee in the Dambi village in the Bensa district of Sidama. Buriso applies compost and manure to his farm and manages the trees with pruning. The coffee is grown under the shade of native forest. Buriso grows the 74158 and 74160 varieties which are both selections from the Jimma research centre. These varieties were selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia. They’re widely distributed varieties across Ethiopia and were selected for their resistance to CBD and high yield. These two selections are known to have very pronounced citrus and floral notes which are prized by coffee buyers.

Buriso is strict on his cherry selection, ensuring that the coffee is as high quality as possible. The coffee is processed and dried at Buriso’s family home. Like many small producers in Ethiopia, Buriso is still producing only natural coffee, since that is the tradition and they don’t have access to a pulping machine

Farm/Coop: Buriso Amaje
RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES
LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES
Altitude: 2050 masl
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, Stove Top, Black, With milk
Origin: Ethiopia, Africa
Region: Sidama
Process Method: Natural (Dry)
Tasting Notes: Black forest gateau, mango, floral
Varietals: Selected Wild Varietals (74158 & 74160)

Roaster: Casa Espresso

RECYCLABLE Packaging: YES
LETTERBOX friendly (single bag): YES

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.