Ethiopia Gelana Abaya (12 oz. Bag)
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Farm: Various smallholders
Variety: Various heirloom Ethiopian varietals
Altitude: 1800-2200 meters
Tasting Notes: Creamy body with notes of ripe strawberry and chocolate.
This coffee was a diamond in the ruff. Before finding this I had to cup through about 20 different Ethiopian Yirgacheffes, each of which were touted to be "the best". The great thing about being a Q-Grader and having a bunch of Q-Grader friends is that you get to make your own assessment.
When I first cupped this coffee, it became apparent that despite what my importers were telling me was the hottest coffee, this was clearly the gem. Seeking confirmation, I brought all the lots to be cupped by several of my certified friends and the decision was unanimous. This Gelana Abaya was the winner.
If we go by what others think we do ourselves a great disservice. It is only by experiencing ourselves that we can make a true judgement. One solely made through our own lens.