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Ethiopia - Semeon Abay

Location: Adola, Guji, Ethiopia
Producer: Semeon Abay
Varietal: Heirloom Typica Hybrids
Growing Altitude: 21-2300 masl
Processing Method: Lactic Fermentation in Cherry
Harvest: January 2019
Product: Drip Pack
Flavour Notes: Watermelon, Strawberry Jam & Cocoa Nibs

 

We were lucky enough work with this incredible for a short time recently, but unfortunately we knew that we wouldn't be able to keep the coffee around for very long. What better way to stretch out our experience with this coffee than to preserve its incredible qualities within a drip pack?

This coffee started out life in the Guji region of Ethiopia, sourced from local growers based around the Adola washing station. Semeon Abay, currently overseeing all special fermentation methods for Nordic Approach in Ethiopia, comprised this lot from heirloom Typica hybrids commonly grown in the surrounding hills and valleys. These cherries were placed in polyurethane bags for 5 days, limiting the ability for the fermentation processes to leak moisture. As heat increases within the bags, lactic bacteria begins to thrive developing a distinct flavour profile in this coffee.

Following 15-20 days of careful drying in cherry on raised beds, this coffee is finally complete. We find incredibly distinct notes of watermelon and strawberry, with lactic notes of yoghurt and creme. These same lactic notes combine with the distinct aftertaste of cocoa nibs, forming a uniquely satisfying milk chocolate note that is as long as it is sweet.

 

Drip Pack Method #1 - With Scale:

Pull and tear the tab on your Drip Pack to open, fold out the wings on either side of the bag and place your Drip Pack over a cup of your choice, preferably a tall vessel with a capacity larger than 250ml.

Once you have placed and attached your Drip Pack, place your cup on an electronic weighing scale with a timer function and tare. Heat clean water to a temperature of 92'C degrees, ideally using a water with a total hardness below 125 ppm.

Using your timer and scale, pour your water into the Drip Pack, aiming to complete a pour of 150g of water with a duration of 30 seconds. Take care when pouring to ensure that your Drip Pack does not overflow.

After your pour is complete, wait approximately 60 seconds for all of the liquid to filter through the coffee bed, before carefully removing the filter.

 

Drip Pack Method #2 - Without Scale:

Pull and tear the tab on your Drip Pack to open, fold out the wings on either side of the bag and place your Drip Pack over a cup of your choice, preferably a tall vessel with a capacity of between 200-250ml.

Once you have placed and attached your Drip Pack, take a cup of the similar or same size, fill that cup to 2/3 of its capacity with hot and clean water suitable for coffee brewing.

Pour your water from your second cup into the Drip Pack, aiming to complete your pour within a duration of 30 seconds. Take care when pouring to ensure that your Drip Pack does not overflow.

After your pour is complete, wait approximately 60 seconds for all of the liquid to filter through the coffee bed, before carefully removing the filter.