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Artisan Roast - Shakiso - Ethiopia - Natural

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A supremely balanced natural process from Guji Zone. Super sweet with blueberry, guava and violet leading onto notes of milk chocolate and a black grape finish.

High quality natural processed micro-lots from Ethiopia have become a central part of any menu in modern speciality coffee with their bold, vibrant, juicy, fruit driven flavour profiles. This acts as a real counterpoint to the more traditional washed coffees from this region famed for their floral aromatics and tea like mouthfeel.

Terroir and process play an equal role in delivering this full on fruit focused flavour profile, and some of the most refined and fruit driven examples come from the Guji zone in Sidamo. The region has a diversity of indigenous coffee varieties that make its coffee taste different to other regions such as Yirga cheffe or Keffa where the indigenous varieties are slightly different. In terms of processing the method has more similarity to that of other growing regions. Ripe cherries are delivered to the processing station. After sorting into different qualities they are then carefully dried on raised beds - initially the coffee is turned every hour or two until the initial moisture content is reduced, before the turning pattern then slows down after the first few days until a stable moisture content is reached. Natural coffees then need to rest to reduce astringency and improve the cup quality before being milled a minimum of two months after picking.

With the natural coffees the retention of the coffee fruit pulp during drying changes the flavour and taste profile. The best natural Yirgacheffes, like this grade one, have a basket full of very ripe fruits including, blueberry, strawberry, cherry and even mango dominating the cup. The taste balance is very different in natural processing when compared to washed process coffees too because more of coffee's naturally occurring sugars are retained. This means sweetness is more prominent in the taste balance which works harmoniously with the tropical fruit flavour profile.

This selection from Shakiso represents the sweet, refined side of natural Guji coffees very well. The berry fruit profile is refined and less boozy than some from the region. This is due in no small part to controlled drying at the Shakiso mill where drying coffee cherries are sheltered from the afternoon sun, preserving the sugars and intensifying flavour.

We've kept this Shakiso light and focused towards a filter roast light to preserve the clarity of cup and let the ripe fruit flavours roll out. Blueberry, guava and strawberry flavours intermingle with transient violet florals over a syrup like sweetness. As the coffee cools a quality black grape acidity balances this very sweet coffee together with a delicious, long lasting finish.

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Altitude: 1900 - 2100m asl
Farm/Coop: Shakiso
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter, With milk
Origin: Africa/Ethiopia - Guji Zone, Sidamo
Owner: Around 650 farmers
Process Method: Natural (Dry)
Varietals: Heirloom

When do we roast your coffee?

We roast at least every Monday and Wednesday (roasting days). Our cut off for planning orders for roasting is 2pm on a roasting date. If an order is received after this cut off it will be prioritised on the next roasting day. Most items will be dispatched the next day (Tuesday and Thursday). If we cannot deliver the goods within this time we will tell you immediately and agree on another time for delivery. If we cannot agree on another time, we will offer you a refund. We use a range of different roaster sizes so we can batch roast exactly what we need for that day. This means that no coffee will leave our roastery older than the previous working day.

Delivery Method

We send your coffee by Royal Mail 1st Class post, which aims to deliver within 1 working day. This is not a guarantee but an aim. Royal Mail will not class an item as lost or missing for 15 working days. Please get in touch if you have not received your order within 7 working days of dispatch. For International delivery to Europe we use the Royal Mail International Standard service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days. For International delivery to World Zone 1 & 2 countries we use the Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed service. This has a delivery aim of 5-10 days.

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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.