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Rosetta Roastery are known for their wonderful Ethiopian offerings. Their Yirgacheffes in particular are among our customers' favourites, and also very near and dear to our hearts. They tend to be archetypal, washed, delicate floral affairs - appreciated for their elegant tea-like qualities. This Ethiopian offers something completely different.
Sasaba is a naturally-processed coffee, which means the beans were dried in their fruit rather than stripped of it before drying. This way of processing imparts more body, sweetness and fruitiness, and this is clearly evident in the cup.
Sasaba natural is wonderfully sweet - almost syrupy. It's bursting with jammy fruit flavours, like berries and perhaps even marmalade. Unlike many other fruity coffees, it also has an incredibly full body. That combination may make it appealing to more classically-minded coffee drinkers who struggle to get on board with a more typical washed Ethiopian.
We've thoroughly enjoyed this coffee in every brew method we've tried it in. We're sure you will too!
Everywhere I travel; tiny life. Single-serving black tea and single-serving marmalade. The microwave Cordon Bleu hobby kit; pineapple scented shampoo-conditioner, sample-packaged hand soap. The people I meet on each flight? They're single-serving friends. Between take-off and landing we have our sweet time together, and then we never see each other again.
Like most naturals, this Sasaba lot gives off an enormous amount of exothermic heat at first crack, which means we need to approach first crack very gently indeed. That said, where one might keep development times very short on a washed Guji coffee, we developed this guy a little longer to maximise those marmalade-sweet teracly elements that are so abundant here. But in general, we treat this lot far more gently than we would treat a washed lot from the same region.
The Sasaba Washing Station is truly remote. The roads in the region are too treacherous even for the most outlandish of Land Rover commercials. Our sourcing partners had to employ a soviet-era Kamas truck with six-wheel drive to reach it, but their mammoth efforts were handsomely rewarded by coffees of rare vibrancy and cleanliness. For all its isolation, the Sasaba washing station still manages to be a stunning example of ingenuity, efficiency, and attention to detail.
- Region: Kercha Woreda, Guji Zone, Oromia Region
- Country: Ethiopia
- Altitude: 2,150m ASL
- Processing: Natural-processed. Dried on raised beds for 15 to 20 days.
- Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
- Harvest: 2017/2018