Ethiopian Single Origins and Last Exit Espresso / by Michael Power

This week at Clarity we have one single origin from Heart Roasters in Portland, OR and both a coffee blend as well as a single origin offered by Ritual Coffee in San Fransisco, CA. 

From Ritual, we are offering a single origin Ethiopian from the Gera District of Jimma, Yukro. This area, which has often been overlooked for more well known regions such as Harrar and Kochere, is beginning to gain spotlight with their high-quality beans. With incredible attention to detail, the Yukro Cooperative picks only the ripest cherries, carefully processes these cherries, and then dries the coffee on raised beds. The wild coffee that is grown in this region, paired with the the close attention to detail, presents a coffee that is both bright with floral aromatics, as well as an extremely clean finish. In short, we dig this coffee. Secondly, the blended coffee, which they've named Last Exit, is comprised of two Guatemalans, a Columbian, and an El Salvadoran coffee. Named after a beautiful and nostalgic underpass in the Bay area, this coffee offers notes of pear and honeycomb (also note for a more elegant explanation of this coffee please look up the coffee description on Ritual's website, you will not be disappointed). 

Next, from Heart, we have another Ethiopian single origin from Nano Challa in Jimma. Nano is a cooperative- well known for its incredible management that leads this crop to be more tasty and successful harvest after harvest. After the coffee is picked, it is hand sorted to ensure the de-pulping and washing of only ripe cherries. The coffee is then washed and fermented for a small period of time before it is dried on raised beds. It is not often that we get a coffee, known for its floral notes that also stands out in milk, but Nano Challa definitely fits the bill. Finally, we have Heart's excellent Stereo Blend, comprised of Ethiopia Yukro and Colombia Milagrosa, offering notes of cola, cherry, and dark chocolate.