The country of Ecuador lies along the Andean mountain range, nestled between Peru and Colombia. With primarily heirloom varietals, small family farms, and altitude in abundance, Ecuador has the foundation to produce some of the world’s finest coffees. However, the coffee industry there has mainly […]
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Halfwit Coffee’s latest version of Moonbat Blend is a blend of thirds, with coffees from the regions of Coban, Guatemala, Cauca, Colombia, and Wahgi Valley, Papua New Guinea. Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Moonbat Blend, from […]
This year, Cafe Imports highlighted a collection of exquisite coffees from individual farmer members of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), and offer them to our customers as microlots. This lot comes from a producer named Sherebo Maro.
The YCFCU was organized in 2002 in an effort to establish stability amid fluctuating coffee prices. Recognized under the national labor union, the YCFCU represents more than 43,700 farmers over six districts, including Yirgacheffe, Gedeb, Wanago, Dilla Zuria, Bule, and Kochere.
Shortly after the co-op’s founding, the Ethiopian government, acting in support of small producers, added coffee into the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange (ECX), ostensibly to allow farmers to get paid for their coffee in a timely manner, among other things. The nature of a commodity exchange is to homogenize a product to sell it at a market price, which makes it impossible to allow for quality premiums to be paid to individual farmers. With this, we saw an overall decline in quality in coffee in Ethiopia.
Cooperatives like YCFCU are exempt from going through the ECX, so Cafe Imports works alongside YCFCU to pay premiums for better cherry selection at the washing-station level.*
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping the Ethiopia Sherebo Maro, from Halfwit Coffee Roasters in Chicago, Illinois. Feel free to pull up a chair.
origin: Mokonisa, Wenago, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
farm: Sherebo Maro Estate
producer: Sherebo Maro
elevation: 1866 – 1877 meters above sea level
cultivars: Ethiopia Heirloom
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
The aroma of this Ethiopia Sherebo Maro is that of a classic washed Yirg, and I’m loving it. Gentle aromatics of florals, melon, stone fruit, and caramelized sugars.
Taking my first few sips of the coffee immediately post-brew, my palate is coated by a medium-bodied coffee which possesses a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Sugary flavors of vanilla, honey, and cane sugar provide a base for a bright, sweet, and mildly tart and tangy melange of tropical fruits – cantaloupe, guava, pineapple, and tangerine. There is a delicate flutter of floral aromatics (black tea leaves, lilac) and each sip finishes with a clean, crisp snap.
Medium body; creamy mouthfeel; citric acidity; clean finish.
Halfwit Coffee’s Ethiopia Sherebo Maro is a wonderful example of a classic washed Yirgacheffe.
*content provided by Cafe Imports
Halfwit Coffee Roasters’s latest Kenyan offering comes from the Alimu Estate, owned and operated by Alice and Julius Muriithi. Alimu Estate is located in Kirinyaga County, which contains the southern half of Mount Kenya and its surrounding plateaus, a region known for it’s incredibly distinct and […]
For the past couple of years, I’ve been counting down my favorite coffees of the year. For historical perspective, you can check out my favorite coffees of 2012 and 2013. (EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember, the coffees in this list are only coffees that I had in 2014; […]