Ambush Forest CoffeeEthiopia
|Region||Oromia and Zege Penninsula|
|Aroma||Berries, lemon, milk chocolate and lavender|
|Acidity||Complex and Juicy|
This delicious coffee comes from forest grown farms, tucked away on mountains 1900-2300 meters above sea level, with hardly any human interference. When you need to dig deep and just need a little more energy - when you feel lucky to be alive and just want to celebrate, this coffee will delight you!
For us, it's more than a celebration. When you escape an ambush with a shot fired two meters away from you, every sip of coffee becomes a ritual of gratitude. This coffee comes from beautiful forest farms up the mountainous region of Oromia, Ethiopia. The hardworking hands of these coffee farmers make this brew possible.
To most coffee drinkers, Ethiopia as a coffee origin is a place that feels forever on the other side of a tantalizing gap. The coffees themselves, when made well, can be mind-altering, complex and overwhelmingly fragrant. They taste different to all other origin coffees and are never convincingly interchangeable with any other washed or sun–dried arabica on Earth.
From Ethiopia’s landscape comes some of the best-known flavour descriptors in the coffee world (blueberry, jasmine, bergamot) that are considered global benchmarks of flavour. And yet Ethiopia — the origin of coffee itself — tends to frustrate the outside buyer.
Say what you like about how the coffee tastes, but most coffee professionals struggle constantly to keep up with the domestic bureaucracy or the tribal politics that influence cooperative memberships, let alone simply verifying the varieties and the quality of the cup. In equal degree, Ethiopia’s sublime natural assets and forests for coffee cultivation and resulting quality, as well as the diversity and liveliness of its internal markets, are unique in the coffee producing world, and very exciting to outside understanding.
Add to this that coffee here is not tied to colonial profiteering or navigated via a national cultivar system with clear parentage, each a common basis for buyers to grasp the big picture of individual coffee countries. The system of its workings, in its way, is a beautiful nonviolent stance against appropriation.