Seasonal Select: Ethiopia-Washed Shimekit
Floral, Citrus Fruit, Milk Chocolate
Preferred Brew Method
Hario V60, Chemex
Our spring Seasonal Select hails from from Shimekit Daba’s large 120-hectare coffee farm in Wolemso, in the Limu Kossa district of western Ethiopia.
A second generation farmer, Shimeket produces top-quality grade Limu coffee. Every step of the process is closely monitored and these efforts are certainly found in the cup.
Ethiopia-Washed Shimekit has a floral aroma, smooth Body, and crisp bright finish. Best enjoyed as a classic pourover in your Chemex of V60, it's a perfect coffee for spring.
It takes quite a journey to get to Shimekit Daba’s large 120-hectare coffee farm in Wolemso. After a scenic drive through green forested hills and a 30-minute trek through the forest, you walk over a small log bridge spanning the Dembi river, past a small nursery of coffee seedlings, and arrive at the farm’s washing station.
A lot of what makes the Wolemso farm special is the care and planning that went into it. Shimekit’s father used to own a coffee farm in the same area in the 1970's but lost it during the Communist regime. Thirty years later and well-versed in what coffee trees need to flourish, Shimekit made sure he found land that had the ideal altitude, proper rainfall, and a great source of water.
Having grown up in Limu, Shimekit is quite passionate about Limu coffee and wants to make sure that only the best gets sent around the world. His plans for the future include setting up a final processing plant and warehouse in Addis Ababa that can process Wolemso coffee – as well as other Limu coffees – to standards suitable for final export, ensuring that Limu’s unique flavors make it unaltered to the rest of the world.
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It’s said that coffee was discovered by goats of an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi who observed his animals acting unusually frisky after eating berries from a bush.
Coffee is a green bean hidden in the red cherry of the coffee tree. Coffee beans are actually seeds.
Coffee was first cultivated after being transported from Ethiopia, where it was discovered, in what is today the country of Yemen.
The two main types of coffee trees, Arabica and Robusta, can produce crops for 20-30 years under proper conditions and care.
More than 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn
Starting in the 15th century, coffee traveled to Turkey, and then on to Europe. Migrating up from Italy, it arrived in Paris in 1686 when the first French café was opened.
With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the U.S. or its territories.
The world’s largest coffee producer is Brazil, with upwards of 3,970,000,000 coffee trees.
One coffee bush yields slightly less than one pound of coffee per year.
Coffee ripens unevenly, hence gourmet and specialty coffee must be picked by hand.
In 1720, a French lieutenant traveled with a coffee plant he’d received as a gift. He planted it on the island of Martinique and plantations soon grew from French Guyana to Brazil and Central America. Almost all the coffee in Latin America descends from that single Martinique plant.
Today, coffee is a giant global industry employing more than 25 million people worldwide.
Most coffee farmers have never tasted their own coffee.
Coffee ranks second only to petroleum in terms of dollars traded worldwide.
For every pound of specialty coffee sold, a coffee farmer may receive between 12 and 25 cents. Only one cent of the price of a $2 cup of coffee goes to the grower.
Espresso came from Neapolitan impatience: they simply couldn’t wait for coffee to be brewed. The French introduced the first espresso machine in 1822, but the Italians perfected and distributed it.
Espresso has roughly 1/3 the caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.
Ninety percent of Americans consume caffeine in some form every day.
Decaffeinated products still have caffeine in them. In the U.S., “decaffeinated” means that a product contains no more than 2.5% caffeine.
Instant coffee was invented in 1906 by Mr. G. Washington, an Englishman living in Guatemala.
With more than 500 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is the world’s most popular beverage.
You snooze, you lose.
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