We took a field trip today to our Continental Warehouse to pick up some green coffee from Colombia and Guatemala (a.k.a. Guats). It was a beautiful day to go for a ride in the new “coffee gettin” truck.
The warehouse is very large and slightly chilly, with piles as high as the eye can see of coffee bags. Each burlap sack is marked with an exporter logo, its origin, and what farm lot the coffee was from. Some of these bags, like from Peru or Ethiopia, have very bright beautiful colors.
We picked up 1,366.50 pounds (to be exact) of coffee today, it was quite a task of loading, unloading, and then finding a place for it in the office. You can definitely consider it as a work out for the day.
Some of us gave a valient effort trying to help move the coffee load, but it only led to disaster. There was a little hole in the bag which then caused a small coffee explosion in the parking lot.
You know what they say, no use crying over spilled coffee beans!
Recently, the Ethiopian Embassy has been in touch with Balzac Brothers in regards to increasing exports and promoting their coffees. So we have happily started to bring in more Ethiopian coffee, and in return, are spreading the word about them. We are very excited to be getting some new diverse coffee.
Today we did a cupping for two Ethiopian washed coffees. The Sidamo coffee is described as having bright acidity, and a medium body with spicy and citrus flavors. The second is the Yirgacheffee coffee, very similiar to the Sidamo; has bright acidity, medium body, and marked by Jasmine and lemon flavors.
The image on the left is the raw coffee bean, and to the right is after it has been roasted. Ethiopian roasts are usually a little bit darker.
We all really liked the Yirgacheffee coffee, as we let it cool, the tangy flavors of this bean really stood out. It was so delicious that we brewed a whole pot to enjoy!
Visit addisexporter.com to learn more about the Arabica coffees that Ethiopia offers.
Today we had some exciting guests come by to give cupping a try. A great group from Garden&Gun and Kudu had never been to our “office”, so we thought we’d show them around.
They got to see our in house roaster for local orders, our preshipment/sample room, and our coffee lab where we do all of our cupping. We tasted 4 coffees: an Ethiopian, Kenyan, Colombian, and Peruvian.
In the process of cupping, you are supposed to make a large slurping sound for taste, and then the coffee is spit in to a spittoon. It is kind of strange to have to spit in front of a large group, so some decided not to, and got their coffee buzz in for the day.
We hope everyone had a good time and will come back and see us soon!