ROAST | LIGHT MEDIUM
ORIGIN | URAGA, GUJI, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | LIGHT FLORALS, SWEET ORANGE, MANGO, DARK HONEY
Established by our favorite computer-guru-turned-coffee-guy, Negusse Debela, in 2008, SNAP Specialty Coffee has been on a mission to export coffees of the highest quality and processing standards from his homeland of Ethiopia. Today, SNAP owns the land on which it can process its own coffee and also runs or partners with several washing and processing stations throughout Ethiopia, including the Wate Gogogu site in Uraga.
There's something really special about the Wate Gogogu washing station. Although coffee has been grown in the Uraga region of Ethiopia for some time, the coffee farms in Wate Gogogu are some of the youngest in all of Ethiopia, with most of their producing trees being a mere 5-10 years old. But here's where the really special part comes in - despite that youth, coffees coming out of Wate Gogogu are consistently some of the most delicious and complex lots at our cupping table. In fact, if the unique name of this washing station sounds familiar to you (try saying it ten times fast!), that's because we have offered several lots from Wate Gogogu before this one - including a lovely anaerobic natural lot which is currently on our menu. Our relationship with this community is steeped in trust and rooted in their commitment to excellence, both in crop and in processing, and we are particularly thankful for our friends at SNAP
Processing: This incredible washed lot was processed using the traditional underwater fermentation which is popular throughout Ethiopia. This coffee was fermented underwater for 24-48 hours, after which the lot is soaked in clean water for four hours before being moved to raised beds to dry for 10-14 days.
In the cup: When most people think of Ethiopian flavor profiles, the one that often comes to mind is Yirgacheffe. Coffees coming out of the Yirgacheffe region are nothing short of beloved, and for good reason: floral characteristics and citrus fruits feature prominently in that profile. In Guji, however, coffee tends to be much more heavily fruited in character - the florals and citrus are still there, but sweet, sticky stone fruits really take center stage. This particular coffee is sweet and heavy-bodied, with light(ish) floral characteristics and a sweet citrus note, like oranges - or, more accurately, like an orange-flavored juice box. However, it really shows off its Guji origins with stone fruit notes like mango and peaches, and that characteristic "sticky sweetness," reminiscent of dark honey or molasses.
Producer | SNAP Specialty Coffees
Washing Station | Wate Gogogu
Process | washed
Variety | Dega, Kurume
Elevation | 2160 - 2320 masl