2020 marks Huck's third harvest roasting coffee from farmers in Gamatui Village in the Sipi Falls region of Eastern Uganda. This year we're starting these coffees out with a natural, and will follow up with washed and honey-processed coffees from the same farmers once they land in the US a bit later.
Last year was our first year roasting up a natural from Uganda, and we've been looking forward to this for a few months now. It rivals some of our favorites from Ethiopia, but thanks in part to different coffee varieties (SL28 and SL34), this one carries a bit more chocolate and body.
Sipi Falls is one of Uganda's most famous landmarks, and much of the country's best coffee comes from the region. Huck specifically seeks out the coffees from Gamatui, the highest altitude community that delivers coffee to the Sipi Falls Washing Station in the town of Chema. That high altitude, combined with Sipi Falls Washing Station's impressive attention to detail, yields complex, delicious, and juicy goodness in the cup.
Uganda is an up-and-coming coffee-producing country, but the coffees from Sipi Falls and Gamatui village have quickly become coffees we look forward to each year. We’re stoked to showcase and support the improvements in Ugandan coffee, but more importantly, we’re just stoked to have this coffee in our mugs. Sipi Falls Natural packs dark fruit flavors of concord grape and berry jam, rounded out with dark chocolate sweetness and a round body. If we had to pick a natural to hold us over until fresh crop Ethiopias (and we do!), we're hard-pressed to find a better one than this.
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Santa Maria is back and more special than ever. As one of two coffees from the Cooperativa de Caficultores de Dota (CoopeDota) we'll roast this year, it already has a special place in our hearts. This is our fourth year working with CoopeDota and roasting coffee from the village of Santa Maria, and this year we asked CoopeDota to prep our coffee a bit differently than they have in the past.
Each year the washed coffees from Santa Maria are both balanced and complex, and showcase why Central American coffees are among the most versatile and easy to drink. But to be honest, the quality hasn't held up quite as well as some of our other Centrals, and we've occasionally pulled Santa Maria from our single origin lineup a bit earlier than we'd hoped.
CoopeDota washes all of its coffees using an Eco-Pulper - a machine that uses significantly less water to remove the coffee's fruit and mucilage from the bean. While it's not necessary with this machine, the cooperative does give its microlots a chance to ferment before washing, which tends to boost complexity. But, Dota does dry the majority of its coffee on patio, occasionally resorting to mechanical dryers when there's less room on the drying patios. This year we asked (and paid a premium for) the cooperative to dry our coffee on raised beds, slowing down the drying process. In our limited experience, coffees dried on raised beds tend to taste better, for longer, than coffee dried more quickly on patios or in mechanical dryers.
Beyond their willingness to try something new for us, we're also excited to work with CoopeDota because the group has always been a sustainability leader in Costa Rica. In 2011 the cooperative produced the world's first certified carbon-neutral coffee, and is known for its work to reduce both its carbon and water footprints.
2020 Santa Maria has a lot going for it - milk-friendly chocolate flavors at the forefront, red grape and green apple brightness, creamy body and depth. Given their exceptional coffees and excitement to experiment a bit with drying, we're excited for the longhaul with CoopeDota, and are hopeful this year's coffee will taste awesome for the longhaul, too.
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Natural Ethiopia is back in the Huck lineup, and we’re kicking things off with this juicy and complex fruitbomb from Worka Chelbesa. Sweet berry and tropical fruit flavors are the main attraction here, and they’re complemented by some delicious florals and citrus. We'll be roasting washed and natural coffees from Worka Chelbesa side-by-side, and both of these are among the top-scoring coffees we'll offer all year.
SNAP Specialty Coffees has impressed us quite a bit over the last few years. They’ve exported and dry milled some of our favorite coffees from the Guji Zone, but also own a few washing stations throughout Ethiopia. This is the second year we'll be showcasing coffees from their stations in Worka Chelbesa. Worka Chelbesa is the highest kebele (village) in the Gedeb municipality, and Gedeb is well-known for producing some of the best coffees in Ethiopia's famous Yirgacheffe region.
Several years ago, SNAP built its first washing in Worka Chelbesa, and named it after the town. Our washed Worka Chelbesa comes from this original station, but ahead of the 2019/2020 harvest, SNAP built a second station in town, called Danche. Same kebele, at a slightly higher elevation to cater to farmers a bit outside of the main village. This year's Chelbesa Natural comes from this newest washing station and the 486 farmers who deliver coffee cherry.
Berries, tropical fruit, jammy goodness, with a touch of florality to mix things up. This one’s for all you fruity coffee lovers out there - we hope you enjoy this one as much as we do. We highly suggest brewing up Worka Chelbesa washed and Chelbesa Natural side-by-side. Maybe experiment a little and blend the two roasts before brewing. We'll give you a few more chances to taste washed and naturals from the same place, but in the roasting team's opinion, this may be the best-tasting pair of the year.
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