Author: Geoff Watts

Ethiopia Gori Gesha Special Selection

Ethiopia Gori Gesha Special Selection

Gesha Village is a breathtaking coffee farm in a remote zone of Ethiopia considered the birthplace of the Arabica coffee species.  It is at once both old and new.  Venerable heirloom cultivars from a bygone era grow there under a towering canopy of ancient, indigenous trees.  It is a throwback to the pre-industrial past when coffee trees grew wild in the forest and evolved on their own, without human intervention. 

Kenya Thiriku

Kenya Thiriku

When roasters and coffee tasters across the industry are polled about their favorite coffee origins, Kenya almost invariably lands in the top three.  There really aren’t any good comparisons — the taste profile of Kenyan coffees is truly unique in the world of coffee.   And…

Ethiopia Metad Chelchele Washed

Ethiopia Metad Chelchele Washed

There is no place on earth that produces more tantalizing, sublimely flavorful coffees than Ethiopia. The coffee quality game has been rigged from the start: there’s Ethiopia, and then there’s everyone else.  The incredible range of tastes found throughout the country is a reflection of the harmony that exists between the noble coffee tree and the environment in which it was born.

Ethiopia Metad Buku Natural

Ethiopia Metad Buku Natural

The “natural” process is easy to explain.  After the coffee cherry is plucked from the plant, it is immediately set out to dry.  Over a period of several weeks, the water evaporates slowly from the cherry, which darkens and shrivels until it looks like a little black pod.  Once it is fully dry (a moisture content of about 10 percent), the hardened cherry skin is mechanically removed and the seeds within are sorted by size and density. 

What to do about Mr. Potato

What to do about Mr. Potato

Mr. Potato is an infrequent, unwanted but ultimately harmless visitor from Central Africa.  Many of our Coffeebar guests have heard the legend of Mr. Potato, but precious few have ever actually met him, since we have developed and applied a special protocol that has effectively turned him into a…