Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ethiopia Nano Challa "Eid Al Adha"

Just roasted and available Whole Bean at caffe d'bolla!

This particular lot of Nano Challa was processed during the "Eid Al-Adha" holiday week, or "Festival of Sacrifice". The holiday commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. Nano Challa is i the Gera Woreda, with farm altitudes between 1900 to 2100 meters. The Nano Challa Cooperative is part of an initiative our buyer has in Ethiopia to work direct at the coop level. The non-government organization coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops, and also has a business adviser assigned that helps the coop manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members.

In the cup it's fruited white honey with kumquat, pomelo, and melon. Hints of cherry, toffee, and hazelnut as it cools. A testament to an excellent farm relationship.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yemen Mokha Harasi

This is our first Yemen offering of the season! Yemen Mokha Harasi. 

Harasi is a coffee from the district adjacent to Ismaili, and in fact they merge to some degree. All the coffee here is grown on terraces, since little land exists that is flat, except for the lowland deserts. The coffee is hauled up remarkably steep slopes, carried in small amounts, most often by donkey. Local buyers receive coffee in the pod, the entire dried cherry, and that is stored, usually in underground caverns! It's an amazing process, and unlike any other.

In the cup it's macadamia and brazil nut with turkish apricot and peaches, as it cools fig, raspberry, and tamarind with hints of tangy rhubarb sweetness. An experience in flavor.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Labor Day

caffe d'bolla is CLOSED on Labor Day. We will OPEN on Tuesday.