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Strawberry. Chocolate. Creamy.

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Origin: Jimma, Ethiopia
Roast: Espresso
Producer: Mustafa Mohamed Ali
Altitude: 2050 Meters
Varietal: Mixed Heirloom
Process: Natural

When we decided to work more closely with producers in Ethiopia, Mohamed Ali became one of our closest partners. There was so much potential to improve, and Mustafa Mohamed Ali was eager to find an exclusive roasting partner to make his vision a reality. Fast forward, we are involved in 3 sustainability projects at his two estates and the coffees of Mohamed Ali are true seasonal highlights.

This year, his naturally processed coffee is better than ever, with improvements achieved through training and investment at the farm offering a beautiful cup profile: the beautiful sweetness of ripe strawberry awaits.

Prices of Ethiopian coffees have risen by more than 20% this season: an effect of the government forcing coffee exporters to exchange their USD-proceeds to local currency at an unfavourable rate.

The Cup

What keeps us coming back to Mohamed Ali is the irresistible quality of ripe strawberries. Aromas of peach blossom and stone fruit reveal a juicy profile that is full of fruit, with gentle acidity. Roasted for espresso, the creamy mouthfeel is rounded off by delicious, chocolatey sweetness.

About The Farm

Last year we were back in Ethiopia to see the latest progress at the farm and to meet producer Mustafa Mohamed Ali. With our support, he has invested in his processing facilities and training for his staff, alongside conservation efforts that protect the natural environment of his estate. You can read more about our visit on our blog.

Our relationship with Mohamed Ali started in 2018, when Ethiopian laws allowed smaller estates to export their coffee directly. Mohameds son, Mustafa Mohamed, took the chance on an exclusive partnership and looked for an international roast partner to work exclusively with. Lucky us!

When entering the estate you walk into pristine forest where coffee grows wild. Bees and fruit trees provide biodiversity and offer additional income outside of the coffee harvest season. At 2050 meters of elevation we are way up in Ethiopias highlands, with temperature changes between day and night that help create beautiful flavour profiles.

Today, Mustafa Mohamed Ali runs the farm with the help of his brother. Through our exclusive relationship and the support of our export partner, the quality produced by Mohamed Ali has continued to increase. The farm is now organically certified, while investment in the training of workers and processing infrastructure continues to reap rewards.

The Process

The natural process has been used in Ethiopia for centuries: ripe cherries are picked then left to dry in the warmth of the Ethiopian sun. The difficulty in natural processing is achieving consistent quality. Coffee cherries are picked and rigorously sorted, before being placed on raised beds for 18-23 days. Mustafa's staff meticulously turn and sort the drying coffee, ensuring even drying and a lack of defects. The clean quality of Mohamed Ali Natural is a beautiful expression of Ethiopian terroir.

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