Party is our new rotating selection of natural processed (aka dry processed) coffee hailing from areas throughout Southern Ethiopia. Naturals are made by drying the coffee with the coffee cherry still intact, soaking in the fruit during fermentation (different from the washed process that removes from fruit, and washes the mucilage from the seed prior to drying). Southern Ethiopia is a prime location where naturals can shine. With high elevations, dry climate, and rare heirloom varieties these coffees can be wildly juicy, super compelling and very articulate when processed well. We’ve been working with a handful of partners and tasting through dozens (maybe hundreds) of coffees to find the ones that are perfect for the party. Our objective has been to find coffee that’s exciting, fruit-forward, and still clean, showcasing terroir. What we’ve been avoiding, and honestly find more often than not in natural coffee, is boozy flavor, hints of vinegar, and over-ripe fruit (and of course woodiness, green pepper, dusty, artificial fruit, mold — I guess this list could go on and on). Like a lot of great coffee, we tasted a few samples before we came across the coffee we immediately knew was the coffee perfectly suited for Party.
Our first rendition of Party comes from the Boji Washing Station in Kore, Kochere (just a few minutes drive from Reko). The coffee is grown by landowners who grow and harvest small volumes of coffee around Boji, which sits at 1900 meters. The high elevation and dry climate come through in this wicked floral, soft, and fresh berry-forward cup of coffee. To produce high-quality naturals, the fruit is dried on raised beds, sorted diligently, and moved regularly for up to 3 weeks while the coffee is drying. The art to producing great natural coffee is in tending to the coffee through the duration of the drying process to achieve the desired flavor.
In the cup, Party is filled with expression and fun as you get a glimpse of place, variety, and culture as you sip. Expect to experience ripe blackberries, bright green grape, cantaloupe and maple syrup sweetness anchoring it all down. I personally prefer to enjoy Party in smaller quantities, as the flavor is bigger than most, with the coffee fruit playing such a present role. That being said, I have many friends and colleagues that can chug it all day long, brewed hot or cold. Whether your preference is to sip or chug Party, we promise it will be a wild adventure, fun and out of the box, and of course, perfect for any party.