When the world’s oldest coffee origin and the world’s most respected coffee quality competition came together for the first time in 2020, the results were destined to be spectacular and delicious. The allure of Ethiopian coffee is that it has a flavour like no other origin, the result of interplay between place and unique landrace variety. Cup of Excellence has a reputation based on 20 years of recognising and rewarding the worlds premier coffee producers.
This first year of the competition was a year of discovery and recognition. Eshetu’s Mergiya Teklegiorgis’ coffee until a year ago had been sold locally. Desiring change he entered into the first Cup of Excellence and finished 6th in Ethiopia, from the original entry of 1400 coffees. He harvests his coffee and dries the fruit as a natural process on his own small farm high in the West Arsi zone, close to the border with Sidama.
We have kept the roast light to showcase the elegance and complexity of this coffee. Heady flavours of perfumed white peach, raspberry and ripe mandarin orange roll from the cup with a clarity that might forget you are drinking natural processed coffee. These flavours lead effortlessly onto honeyed fig, and a delicate note of sweet anise spice that adds an exotic and beguiling finish to the coffee. The acidity takes on an effervescent red grape like quality, medium in intensity and balanced perfectly with a high sweetness.
Filter brewing brings out the fruit like flavours of the coffee, showcasing the clarity of process and silky texture that adds a level of refinement rare in coffee. The red grape like structure enhances the berry and honey like characteristics and brings out an elderflower florality on the finish.
With aeropress and French Press the silky like texture comes more to the fore and berry notes lead onto a creamy milk chocolate like finish that supports the delicate brown spice.
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.