Gigesha produces some of the best natural coffee in Ethiopia. The natural production process takes about twice as long as washed—three to four weeks for naturals compared to one to two for washed—and naturals bring a correspondingly higher grade.
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Don Cox Bald Guy Brew
Cup Score: 89 points.
Primary Descriptors: Prominent berry notes with a cacao finish.
Berry notes are most prominent, flavors of strawberry and raspberry loud, and dried apricot and perfumed floral aromatics impart subtler impressions. Dark Cacao in the finish.
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Ethiopia There’s a lot of history behind your first sip of Ethiopian coffee, beginning with a goatherd named Kaldi whose goats were seen leaping after chewing red berries from a nearby tree. The varieties of coffea arabica were first discovered in this mysterious land twelve centuries ago when Kaffa, where coffee was found, was its own kingdom and named aptly for the caffeinated drink made from the berries that grew wild there. Now Kaffa is a province of southwestern Ethiopia where coffee still grows in the rich soil of the Jimma region’s highland rainforests.
History, Mystery and Ritual
There are three large coffee-growing regions in this east African country (Jimma, Yergacheffe, Harar) and about 15 million Ethiopians have livelihoods tied to their country’s chief export. But Ethiopians also savor the specialty coffee they produce. Coffee shapes the country’s rich culture.
Roadside espresso is common in the remotest of rural outposts (one piece of Italy’s legacy during its brief occupation of the area). Many families celebrate the gift of coffee with rituals that involve pan-roasting green coffee beans over an open fire, hand-grinding the roasted beans with a mortar and pestel, and drinking through three rounds of coffee darkly brewed, giving thanks with each delicious cup.
And they should celebrate their yields because Ethiopians have worked hard to be their continent’s greatest producer of coffee and the source of some of the finest coffee in the world. Small-share farmers make up the vast majority of Ethiopia’s coffee growers as part of larger co-ops. And this is where the problems begin for these hardworking families whose livelihoods rise and fall with markets in countries thousands of miles away. Many farmers struggle through each season as the dollar value of their yields suffer and co-ops and brokers take their share.
This is why the first sip you take of Ethiopia-origin coffee at Bald Guy brew came deliciously to your lips only after a selection of the highest quality beans purchased at a fair price regardless of market fluctuations. Unlike humans, not all coffee beans were created equal, and because we care about the humans behind our beans, we pay according to the quality of their product.
There’s a story behind each fresh-roasted bag and every carefully crafted drink you purchase at Bald Guy Brew coffee shops, and those stories begin with land inhabited by men and women who walk the dirt each day caring for the crop that makes each cup of Bald Guy coffee a special experience.