Notes from Slightly Coffee Roasters:
Flavor notes: Citrus, Floral, Honeyed
Once again the guji region proves to be the home of so many delicious coffees. Our sourcing partner has a great story to tell.
Notes from our sourcing partner:
Varietal: Indigenous Heriloom Varieties
Location: Guji, Uraga, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1,750–1,950 meters
Process: Washed, Grade 1
Ardi honors origins. Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of the coffee tree, and the place where human evolution began. This uniquely sweet, heirloom variety coffee is named for Ardipithecus ramidus, an important early human fossil discovered in Ethiopia. Since first tasting these striking beans, Keffa has worked closely with partners in Sidama to ensure care and quality in the processing, sorting, storing, and shipping of this special coffee.
The Sidama region’s rich soil lends rich nutrients and deep color to its coffee. There are few views as striking as a hillside washing station with more than 300 raised beds full of crimson cherries drying in the sun. Good weather mean good coffee, and this year’s harvest of Ardi is bountiful and flavorful thanks to healthy rainfall during the growing season.
The coffee dries on raised beds for 8-10 days, and is rotated every 30 minutes to promote even drying. The time spent on the raised beds is complemented by 2-3 days of final drying on a concrete patio. This careful attention during natural processing ensures each bean carries the full, distinctive Ardi flavors and aromatics.