Uraga - Blueberry, Lemon Peel and Cacao
Producer: Israel Degfa
Origin: Uraga Solemo, Guji, Ethiopia
Varietals: Indigenous and 74110
Harvested: January 2021
Roaster: Drop Coffee
Roast Date: 12.07.2021
This was one of the very last coffees we proudly served at our bar last year. It is a beautiful friendship between the ambitious Farmer Israel Degfa and Roaster Joanna Alm. We have been supporting this project year after year and love seeing the quality it achieves. A very classic natural ethiopian, full of funky blueberry sweetnes, a bit of lemon acidity and some rich long lasting chocolate for the finish.
Here is what Joanna writes about this coffee:
Uraga is one of the louder cup profiles we have from Israel Degfa. Due to the high altitude of 2000 masl and above, the harvest and produced coffee until February, and then dried on beds for another month, most other places end the season in December. The coffee is very mature and gets a sweet experience, reminding of blueberry mousse, which makes it a very complex cup with high citric acidity notes.
Ethiopia is one of our favourite origins. Its’ taste profile and culture are both diverse and interesting. The Arabica coffee plant was first found growing wild in Ethiopia and Yemen, and then Ethiopia became the motherland of coffee. About 6,6 million bags are produced in the country every year, of which almost half is kept in the country for local consumption.
About Israel Degfa
This is the sixth year in a row that we are buying coffee from Israel Degfa, the only private producer we are working with within Ethiopia. Israel has become a good friend of ours and we want to support his work on sustainability.
Israel is one of the warmest people we know and also truly successful in the business. He was born near Sidamo, Yirgalem, and his parents were both in coffee in different ways. His mum sold coffee at the bus station and his dad was a farmer. This is where he found his love for coffee. He went to primary school in Yiralem and went to high school and college in Addis Abeba.
In 2013 Israel founded the company by Kerchanshe trading company that is named after the nearest town, Kerchanste town (fondly referred to as Kercha). Today he has 26 washing stations and a few dry-mills; the guy is 33 years old and has only had the business for 7 years, talk about impressive.
In the surrounding area of Uraga, there are many smallholding semi-forest farms, about 1200 of them are delivering freshly picked coffee cherries to Uraga. Most of them are having 2-3 hectare farms which are slightly bigger than in other regions. On the days they are not delivering coffee, many of them are working at the process station.
We want to support Israel Degfa's work on sustainability with the farmers aiming to get them out of poverty through coffee and he is producing some really stunning coffees that we are more than happy to buy.
Israel visited us at Drop the first year we worked together, in 2015. Since then we have been visiting each other every year. Israel is continuously improving its standards of coffee. Last year the total percentage of production that was speciality coffee by Kerchance has almost doubled, speciality coffee is close to 10% of all coffee produced. Higher quality means higher prices for the coffee for the farmers delivering coffee.
As part of our transparency and the ongoing coffee price crisis, we want to share our FOB prices for the coffee we buy. This coffee has been paid 3,4 USD per pound.