We're starting off fresh crop Ethiopia season with a returning favorite from last year - Beriti!
Ethiopia is the birthplace of specialty coffee - the arabica species originally evolved in East Africa in or around Ethiopia - and Yirgacheffe is one of the country's and the world's most famous and prized growing regions. The reputation is well deserved. Thanks to native heirloom coffee varieties, unique growing conditions and a tradition of excellent coffee processing, the best Yirgs display florals, citrusy and fruity brightness, and delicate body that is tough to find anywhere else in the world.
Beriti is a great example of Yirgacheffe's wonderful coffee. Beriti itself is a small microregion within the larger Yirgacheffe area, and like many great Ethiopian coffees, is grown by thousands of farmers on small plots of land that are more akin to gardens than farms. The farmers in and around Beriti deliver their coffee to the town's Tore washing station, where they are paid for their coffee cherry and it is depulped, washed, and dried slowly with meticulous care. Super high altitude (2000-2350 meters above sea level), great growing practices, and great attention to detail at the Tore washing station all contribute to a sweet, bright, and juicy cup.
We're always happy when we get to roast new crop coffees from Ethiopia, and we're looking forward to a great year of 2016 crop coffees. Beriti's first for us in a season full of complex, bright, and unique coffees perfect for iced coffee and pourover brewing (but brew it however you like!). We taste delicate florals and citrus, a bit of herbal complexity, stone fruit and lychee, finished with a round, honeygraham sweetness.