Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Buufata Konga


The Buufata Konga coffee is both potent, and quite refined as well. The dry fragrance shows an abundance of stone fruit and honey smells, peach and nectarine in light roasts with subtle fresh floral notes that tend to linger. Adding hot water brings up the florals a touch, a much more identifiable jasmine smell that we come to expect from the better Yirga Cheffes, and with intense raw, whipped honey raised in the steam. Being the first Ethiopian arrival this season, Konga tastes as if unmatched in cleanliness. This coffee is undeniably clean, with mouth-cleansing acidity. Fresh citrus flavors ring out in the cup: Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit, and mandarin juice, while retaining a delicate cup-structure. Sweetness is complex, starting off honey-like and shifting toward baked sugar in the finish. A flavor of raw ginger adds a subtle 'bite', and baking spice accents highlight the long aftertaste. The finish is extremely clean, coming to a nice point, and an overt jasmine floral note is the crown jewel.

This was a top-scoring wet-processed coffee, sent by a private washing station owner in the region. This particular lot of Buufata Konga is in an area of Yirga Cheffe with a range of 1900-2100 meters. Smallholder farmers from around the region delivery their heirloom Ethiopian coffee varietals to the station where it is weighed, pulped, and dried before being delivered to Addis Ababa. After drying, the coffee is rested and then the parchment hulled at the Buufata Konga station, and once again hand sorted as green coffee. Located very close to Yirga Cheffe town, the Konga area is a central hub for coffee in the region. This coffee was prepared to Grade 1 specifications when it was hand sorted (again!) in Addis Ababa before export. All this attention to detail is evidenced in the cleanliness found in the cup.

Konga has mouth-cleansing acidity, and ultra clean finish. Complex sweetness, honey to baked sugar, raw ginger, fresh citrus, and crowning jasmine note.

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07/28/2016
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Coffee by Gillespie never ceases to impress me! I've been...

Coffee by Gillespie never ceases to impress me! I've been selling local roast coffee on the side on and off since college and this is by far one of the best products I've tried. Delicious, fast, and amazing service! What this one man show can do as a side hustle is as good if not better than any you could find in your home town. This is the second Ethiopian varietal we've tried from his roaster and the complex flavors are a fantastic way to start off the morning. A rich fruity flavor that doesn't overwhelm the pallet with a light brown crema bubbling on top shows you that it's going to be a good day!