What's in the box: Shimekt Daba and Las Lajas
We love coffees from Ethiopia and they are featured as a prominent origin in our line up. This year we are featuring 6 different single origin options from Ethiopia, this doesn’t include the few that we use in our blends - Wild and Bandwidth. The flavors are exotic, floral, delicate, citrusy, bright, sweet, tea like, fruity, and lush. This month we have selected Shimekt Daba, our current washed Ethiopia from the Limu Kossa district. Shimekt Daba is the producer who owns the farm and employees 10 full-time staff and 100 part-time employees.
We got to visit this farm back in December 2018, and at that time we were offering Shimekt Daba’s natural processed coffee. With this washed lot there are more floral and citrus flavors, while the natural was jammy, chocolatey, and reminiscent of dried berries. Everytime we brew this coffee we pick up something different, some of the flavor notes we have been throwing around are honeysuckle, lime, peach, chamomile, sugarcane, vanilla, and rooibos. The farm is located in a beautiful tropical rainforest with wildlife all around. On our drive up the mountain we saw monkeys in the trees and a pack of baboons! Shimekt Daba mentioned that occasionally lions are spotted in the forest.
Second up for our single origin subscribers is a first for us, Costa Rica Las Lajas! This is a red honey processed coffee. Las Lajas mill was a pioneer in regards to experimental processing in Costa Rica, and they are known for leading the charge with honey processed coffees. Producing washed process coffees requires the use of quite a bit of water, and honeys are a solution for this. The fresh picked coffee cherries and run through a de-pulper and laid out to dry right away, instead of soaking in water, fermenting, then washing. The remaining sticky, sugary substance surround the parchment layer and the bean looks and feels kind of like honey, hence the name. Red donotes how much mucilage (the sugary pulp) is left on the coffee. A white honey has very little mucilage, while a black honey has quite a bit, red is right in the middle.
We selected this Las Lajas lot out of 16 costa rica offerings, and to us it cupped the sweetest compared to the white honey and black honey from Las Lajas, as well as many other offerings from surrounding farms. This will be our only Costa Rica for the year and it should be around through September, maybe into October. We love the fruitiness and the silky body of this coffee - look for notes of peach jam, honeysuckle, milk chocolate, and strawberry preserves.