Ethiopia: Edition 22.050

Sharo Washing Station

  • Flavour profile Malt loaf, plum jam, raisin, cocao nibs
  • Process Natural
  • Varietal Indigenous wild varieties
  • Roast Medium


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  • This coffee really jumped out at us as when we tasted some of Israel's coffees. Very different to our beloved Ana Sora, this was heavier in body and darker in flavours, but it's a really interesting and different coffee that showed another side of what Natural processing can bring. The big shock came when we looked at the information and discovered it was a Grade 2!

    What does that mean? Good question!

    All coffee sold in Ethiopia gets graded by the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). The visual quality of the green beans – any defects or damage – is assessed, and the coffee is cupped to see how it tastes. Between these factors, a coffee is given a grade from 1 (the best) to 5 (the worst), with grades 1 and 2 being considered Speciality coffee. So in theory, this coffee isn't quite as good as the Ana Sora (Grade 1), nor in fact as good as most of the other coffees we see from Ethiopia.

    Of course, we wouldn't have bought this coffee if we agreed with that. Whilst we don't rate it quite as highly as our lots from Ana Sora, it's still a great coffee and far better than many Grade 1 lots we've looked at in the past.

    Take a slice of malt loaf and cover it in plum jam for this funky, squishy fruit example of a naturally processed coffee. As it cools, there’s some raisin and cocoa nibs coming through, but the malty sweetness lingers.

    • Country: Ethiopia
    • Region: Sidamo
    • Nearest town: Bule Hora
    • Owner: Israel Degfa
    • Washing station: Sharo
    • Varietals: Indigenous wild
    • Processing: Natural
  • Malt loaf, plum jam, raisin, cocao nibs

    • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
    • Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
    • Acidity: (1–8): 6
    • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
    • Flavour: (1–8): 6
    • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
    • Balance: (1–8): 6.5
    • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
    • Correction:(+36): +36
    • Total (max. 100): 86

    Roast Information
    Medium - slow this down a little as it goes through first crack, letting in run into the gap but keeping it before you reach second. This one isn't very forgiving of underdevelopment and can easily roast too quickly, so watch out for that.

  • If you place an order before 07:30, it will be roasted and dispatched that day. If you order after 07:30, it will carry over to the following working day for roasting.

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Sharo Washing Station

The Sharo washing station belongs to Israel Degfa, who also brings us the wonderful Ana Sora coffee each year. Sharo is located near to the town of Bule Hora, which is in the Sidamo region and a bit south of Yirgacheffe town.

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