A real treat
This month we bring you a real treat from the Bombe mountains in Ethiopia – a washed JARC 74112 from the Keramo washing station.
This coffee is grown by 381 small farmers in the area around the washing station, which is typical of Ethiopian coffees. Most farmers have only a few hectares of land, while others simply pick the coffee that grows naturally on their property.
Aroma and taste
This coffee has an almost nostalgic and classic washed Ethiopian flavor profile that we all know and love. It has lots of complex fruitiness and floral aromas, while being delicate and tea-like.
When you take the first sip, raspberries, sweet citrus fruits and bergamot hit you in the mouth. When the coffee then cools down, the acid falls out of the taste, and the coffee becomes sweet and peachy.
The Keramo laundry is known locally for its high quality in picking, sorting and processing. They have placed in the top 10 in the Ethiopian Cup of Excellence three years in a row.
The extraordinary altitude of 2260-2360 meters above sea level results in a slow ripening process and a dense and hard bean. This means that the coffee will develop more complexity, intensity and aroma, and that it retains its aromatic qualities better. The coffee also requires a longer resting period before it opens up in the cup – we recommend at least 7 days.
The variety is an Ethiopian landrace variety, meaning it is native to the forests of Ethiopia. These types of coffee are often referred to as heirloom varieties, but that is an inaccurate term.
After an epidemic of coffee berry disease in the 1960s, the Jimma Agricultural Research Center was established. In 1974, after examining dozens of landrace varieties, JARC 74112 was selected specifically for its disease resistance, high yield potential and beautiful flavor profile.
Country : Ethiopia
Region : Sidama
Coffee variety : JARC 74112
Process : Washed
Cultivation altitude : 2260-2360 Masl
Autumn : January 2023
Notes : Fruity and complex with notes of bergamot, peach and raspberry.
We have paid $9.48 per kg for the coffee (FOB).
The market price at the time of the contract was $4.02 per kg.
This means we have paid 136% above the market price for this specific coffee.
Read more about why we pay more for our coffeehere.
Keramo hand brew
Lately, we've been absolutely delighted with the results when we extend the coffee's bloom. This makes the extraction more even and gives a cleaner and sweeter brew.
Try our recommended recipe for a delicious brew with Keramo:
You will need that
24g ground coffee (32 clicks of Comandante or 850-950 microns)
400g filtered water / 95°C
Start the timer and pour 50g of water until the coffee blooms (remember to cover all the coffee)
At 1:30 pour up to 400g of water in approx. 1 minute
The coffee should be ready after 3 to 4 minutes based on your grinder and grind level.