Gamatui - Honey
ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | KAPCHORWA, SIPI FALLS, UGANDA
NOTES | DRIED APRICOT, TART CHERRY, BROWN SUGAR
We are thrilled to welcome back an old friend to our menu offering one last time this year! Thanks to our longstanding partnership with Atlantic Specialty Coffee and its sister company, Kawacom, we have had the privilege of tasting and buying coffee from the Gamatui Community in Uganda for the past four years. Our relationship with Gamatui is a special one, and this year we were able to collaborate with them to bring you four separate offerings from their farms: a washed coffee, a natural, an anaerobic natural, and this stunning honey processed lot.
Processing: The honey processing method can be thought of as an "in-between" method of processing, compared to washed and naturally processed coffees. Using this method, the coffee is picked and sorted as red cherries before being pulped (removing the skin of the coffee cherry), but the small layer of fruit underneath the skin is left behind. The seeds - with their sticky fruit intact - are set out to dry, either on raised beds or patios. It is this added contact time between the fruit and the seed that, when done well, adds an intense sweetness to honey processed coffees. The producers at Sipi Falls refer to the specific method of processing used for this lot as "juicy black honey," or anaerobic black honey, indicating that all or part of the fermentation period is also taking place without the presence of oxygen.
In the cup: The result of all of these meticulous processing steps is, in fact, very juicy. This coffee is vibrant, balanced, and oh-so-sweet. It's more fruit-forward than the more familiar Gamatui washed lots you may have had, and definitely sweeter - this coffee has big brown sugar vibes. We perceived fruit flavors in the cup as tart cherry and dried apricots. It's a lovely, complex coffee that validates and complements the complexity of its processing. You're not going to want to miss this one, friends - it's a banger.
Producer / Washing Station | Gamatui Community / Sipi Falls Washing Station
Region | Kapchorwa, Mt. Elgon, Uganda
Process | anaerobic honey
Variety | SL varieties
Elevation | 1600-1900 masl