Ethiopia, Asgori from Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters
MILK & HONEY / FRESH PEACHES / BLACK TEA
Process: Washed, Underwater Fermentation
Harvest Date: Nov ’13 - Jan ’14
Kebele (Neighbourhood): Asgori
Look at all those geographical descriptors above! Kabele, Oromia, Borena, Gelana. This coffee was processed in a private mill in the neighbourhood called “Asgori.” Hence its name. With many African coffees, Ethiopian and Kenyan, in particular, you will not find the name of the farmer written on the bag like you would with coffee from Latin and Central America. There is a reason for this, and I won’t get into the nitty gritty of it here. In short, there is a central governing agency that oversees the coffee market in Ethiopia. This, however, will be left for a longer, and potentially much more boring post about Ethiopia sometime in the future. Coffee is often farmed by hundreds of individuals who bring their harvest to the local Milll or Washing Station which is the name that will often make its way onto the bag of coffee you hold in your hand when you come into the shop.
Sooooo…. The Asgori coffee profiled above was handled by no fewer than 1340 hands! That means that 670 people have had their hands busy caring for, farming, and processing the coffee that makes its way onto our shelves. Pretty incredible when you think about it. Often Ethiopian coffees are processed by co-ops, but the Asgori is a private mill. If you were to google “coffee in Ethiopia” the zone from which this coffee comes, Borena, will not often show up as it is much lesser known. But holy smokes, is it ever making a name for itself with this here delightful brew. Just look at these websites to see if you can find any info of Borena — cafe imports; Sweet Maria’s; Wikipedia! We are all probably familiar with the Ethiopian coffees from “Sidamo,” “Harrar,” and of course “Yirgacheffe” — all are great. But Ethiopia has so much to offer the coffee drinking world and Phil & Seb have sourced a beauty here. You know what? You should probably read about this coffee on their site. They talk about their goals when buying coffee and some of the difficulties they come up against when working with farmers. Be warned, coffee buying is a economical and political business. Drinking it, is only potentially political. Just eavesdrop conversations that happen every now and then in the café once the caffeine hits the blood stream. Yikes!
Read up on this awesome coffee from P&S here! Then, come in and buy a bag and brew it at home! It tastes amazing in an Aeropress — I know this because I tasted it that way in Calgary at one of Phil & Seb’s cafes and it exploded my mind.