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Delicious Ethiopian Coffees to Warm Your Winter Chill

by Kevin Nealon January 19, 2015

Delicious Ethiopian Coffees to Warm Your Winter Chill

This week we're excited to finally release Zelelu, a single farm coffee from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. After some solid test roasting last week, we're delighted to showcase this coffee's delicate and super clean flavors. White grapefruit and lime acidity with rose aromatics dominate the cup. It's one of our favorite Ethiopian coffees of the year.

Zelelu is a member of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union and over the last few years that organization has worked with Cafe Imports to separate certain single farmer lots and bring them to the U.S. This is only the second year that single farm coffees from the YCFCU have been available in the states. Zelelu and his family grow coffee on 6 hectares in Yirgacheffe, and even before these lot separations, was frequently recognized by the YCFCU for cup quality and farming practices.

Beyond Zelelu, we've made a subtle change in Phantom Limb. It's still all Ethiopian, but the two coffees are now a natural process coffee from the Adado microregion of Yirgacheffe, and a great-tasting late harvest Grade 1 Washed Yirgacheffe. We decided to focus a bit more on the washed flavors in this version, though the Adado is definitely still a star. Sunday afternoon's shots of espresso were jammy and bright and tasted like a blueberry lemon tart.

After a few weeks of new releases, we're enjoying all of these recent coffees while getting ready to taste a few later-arriving Southern Hemisphere samples to round out our lineup until Northern Hemisphere coffees start to arrive in March-June. The new Phantom Limb blend has been tasting delicious as espresso in our shops, and we have one of our more varied single origin lineups to date. 




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