The Gedeo zone is relatively central to the range in which coffees are classified as Yirgacheffe and they often have a very classical Yirgacheffe flavour profile to them. The acidity is more balanced than other zones and the florality brought into balance with stone fruit attributes.
Bollodu sits within the Gedeo zone, and like so many of its neighbouring mills, its producer network grow coffee up to dizzying heights of over 2100 metres above sea level in places. There are around 750 of these producers, each owning up to two hectares of land, that bring their coffee to the mill. After fermenting, channelling and soaking over a period of three days the coffee is dried on raised beds as with almost all coffee in the region.
Bollodu is a coffee that brings out more of the apricot and bergamot aspects so reminiscent of Yirgacheffe coffees, making it a great place to start with this style of coffee before trying more exotic single producer coffees from the region. Underneath these primary fruit like flavours we find jasmine florals and a subtle fresh ginger spice characteristic. Supporting milk chocolate and vanilla begin to come through more as the coffee cools adding further weight to the final favours. As with all great grade one Yirgacheffe's there is a medium intensity complex acidity reminiscent of grapes. This adds structure, effervescence and persistence on the finish and balances off the sweetness in the cup.
We've roasted this coffee with filter and aeropress brewing in mind and the bright fruit and floral notes are more prominent here, especially with the aeropress where dried apricot like characteristics shine.
Ras Tafari: that was the birth name of Ethiopia's 225th and last emperor, who was born on 23 July 1892, and took the regal name Haile Selassie I when he was crowned. For many considered also as Rastafarian Messiah. All our Ethiopian beans (now and in the past) are represented by his proud portraits.
Nearly 8,000 miles separate Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, and Kingston, Jamaica, but a link between them was forged by a number of poor black Jamaicans who believed Ras Tafari’s coronation was the fulfillment of a prophecy and that he was their redeemer, the messiah written of in the Bible’s Book of Revelation: “King of Kings, Lord of lords”. They believed he would arrange for a deliverance, which, as they saw it, involved a miraculous transformation. They would be spirited away from their lives of poverty in the Caribbean and relocated in Africa, the land of their ancestors and their spiritual epicentre.
illustration by lukasz