Fela Kuti is funky, fruity, sweet and complex - and is our way of showcasing naturally processed African coffee at its very best. When the ripe coffee cherries are picked they are then left to dry in the sunshine with the fruit flesh still intact. This imparts very distinctive fruit-like flavours to the coffee bean. To the uninitiated the resulting cup is often a complete game-changer that sparks a voyage into the rich and diverse world of speciality coffee.
KAYON MOUNTAIN, ETHIOPIA
Our current offering is Kayon Mountain from the Guji Zone in the Oromia region of southern Ethiopia. The Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm was established by Ato Esmael and his family in 2012 with the aim of producing top quality coffee in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. New heirloom varietal coffee trees have been planted on a 240 hectare plot in fertile, sandy clay loam soil beneath a canopy of natural forest. Organic processes are used on the farm with animal dung being the main source of fertiliser. The freshly picked coffee cherries are washed with the low density beans being channelled away for use as lower grade coffee. The clean, high-grade coffee is then placed onto raised beds where it is dried for up to 20 days. During this time it is meticulously hand-turned and picked over to remove any defective beans. Finally, the dried cherries are then milled before undergoing further sorting to remove any remaining defective beans.
All this hard work is revealed in a spectacular cup of coffee that is complex and fruity with notes of milk-chocolate, violet, lime and blueberry.
|Notes||Complex & fruity with notes of milk-chocolate, violet, lime & blueberry|
|Origin||Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm, Guji Zone, Oromia, Ethiopia|
|Owner||Ato Esmael and his family|
|Altitude||1,900 - 2,000m|
|Notes||Delicate florals, stone-fruit sweetness, black tea|
|Origin||Gedeb Wet-Mill, Kochere District, Gedeo Zone, SNNP Region, Ethiopia|
This heirloom varietal comes from the Gedeb wet-mill in the Kochere district in south-west Ethiopia. This region is famed for its high-grade coffee and this particular lot is of exceptional quality with delicate florals and stone fruit sweetness that reminds us of peach iced tea.
The ripe cherries, grown by smallholder farmers in the area surrounding the Gedeb wet-mill, are delivered to the wet-mill where they are carefully pulped and sorted before being allowed to ferment for 36-48 hours. Following fermentation the coffee is washed and then dried on raised beds for 12-15 days. Once the correct moisture level has been achieved the coffee is then transported to the dry-mill in Addis Ababa where it is hulled of its protective parchment layer, graded, sorted and placed into GrainPro and hessian bags for export.
|Notes||Mango, Lime & Violet|
|Origin||Gatare Washing Station, Nyamashake, Western Province, Rwanda|
In May 2017 we visited the Gatare washing station in western Rwanda with Falcon Coffees and a handful of other roasters. The station was experimenting for the first time with natural processing and we all left eagerly awaiting the results. We have not been disappointed, in fact this is one of the most stunning coffees we have had in the roastery for a while. In the cup it is full and very sweet but retains a delicious mango and lime acidity. You never know when a lot like this is going to come along and we wish we had ordered more, so you'd better get your hands on some before we run out! Better still, why not try it alongside our washed Rwandan Ruvumbu to see how different processing really makes a difference to cup profile.
|Notes||Sweet and syrupy body with notes of stewed fruits, toffee and grapefruit|
|Origin||Ruvumbu Washing Station, Nyamashake, Western Province, Rwanda|
In May 2017 we made our first trip to origin to visit coffee farms and washing stations in Rwanda. Of all the coffees we tried there was one in particular that stood out - this stunning washed red bourbon from the Ruvumbu washing station. In the cup it has a sweet and syrupy body with notes of stewed fruits, toffee and grapefruit. You may like to consider trying it alongside our natural Rwandan Gatare to see how different processing can really make a difference to cup profile.
The Ruvumbu washing station is situated in the southwest corner of Rwanda on the shores of the absolutely stunning Lake Kivu. Like many other washing stations in Rwanda, Ruvumbu started life as a cooperatively run endeavour. Justin Musabyimana, a local farm owner and manager of the nearby Mahembe washing station, took over the Ruvumbu washing station in 2014. Under his ownership Ruvumbu has gone from strength to strength with the station producing some of the best quality coffee in Rwanda. Ruvumbu took 3rd place overall in the 2014 Rwanda Cup of Excellence Competition, and was given a Presidential Award at the event for receiving a cupping score above 90 points.