The Jebril family strikes again! Over the past few years, coffees from the Uraga area in Ethiopia's South Guji Zone - and particularly coffees processed by brothers Feku, Abdi, and Kadir Jebril - have been recurring stars in our lineup. These brothers each own washing stations in South Guji zone, and we've featured a coffee from either Feku or Abdi for each of the past few years. This year, Feku and his washing station in the village of Yabitu Koba won out, and we're stoked to feature this coffee as our third washed Ethiopia of 2021!
Feku Jebril first got involved in coffee as a trader, in a time when coffees from the Uraga area were frequently smuggled into nearby Yirgacheffe to fetch higher prices. After years working as a trader, then working at other washing stations, Feku set out on his own, building the Hana Asrat Washing Station (named after his wife), in the sky-high village of Yabitu Koba. This area has some of the highest growing altitudes in the world, topping out above 2300 meters above sea level, and the complex, bright coffees have become perennial favorites of ours.
We’re stoked on this coffee for its delicate complexity and refreshing sweetness. And while we're generally big believer in you-do-you, this coffee's delicate flavors might be washed out by milk. Brew it how you like, but our top recommendation is to drink it black, and brew it with a paper filter to highlight its clean flavors. We’re tasting peach and cantaloupe, white tea, clean refined sugar, and meyer lemon in this year's crop - refreshing, bright, and delicious!
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Pictured: Feku Jebril with Snap Specialty Coffee founder Negusse Debela, courtesy Snap Specialty Coffee
We love the balance of approachability and jaw-dropping flavors that great Colombian coffees can exhibit, and Las Brisas has been one of our favorite Colombians for the past several years running.
Las Brisas is grown by growers in ASOQUEBRADON and ASCAFUR associations, based around the town of Rioblanco, Tolima. This area sits near the juncture of Colombia's three mountain ranges, or cordilleras, and the name Las Brisas refers to the strong winds blowing through the region.
We roast quite a bit of coffee grown by small producers, and in most cases, farmers deliver their coffee in-cherry to to a centralized washing station, where it is processed collectively. Las Brisas and our other Colombian coffees are unique in that smallholder farmers mill, wash, and dry their coffee individually, at their farms.
Individual processing can create challenges for consistency and quality, but luckily our export partner Caravela's regional teams of agronomists and cuppers work together with the growers to improve farming and washing practices, to help ensure that the coffee is delicious. All of the farmers who make up Las Brisas are well-practiced in proper fermentation and washing, and dry their coffees on raised and covered beds for slow, even drying and protection from Colombia's rains.
We've come to have pretty high expectations for this coffee, and 2021's crop delivers in spades. Las Brisas packs plenty of approachable caramel sweetness if you want to put a bit of cream in your cup, but also packs some pear and dried cranberry fruitiness for those of us who seek out a brighter, more exotic cup. Truly a crowd-pleaser!
And, if you're looking for something extra-special, keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming Gesha release from Israel Hernandez, one of the farmers behind Las Brisas.
This one’s big, fruit-forward and juicy! Mulu Jego is a new farmer to the Huck lineup, and she produced our second Ethiopian natural of the 2021 harvest. We’re sipping on jammy berries, fruit punch, and brown sugar sweetness, and are stoked for this coffee to stand alongside Aramo washed, our other delicious coffee from the Yirgacheffe Cooperative Union.