Carrier Roasting Co.

Ethiopia Birbissa

$20

Whole bean coffee

We roast to order on Mondays and Wednesdays and ship the following day. Orders will be included in a roast if they’re received by 5pm Eastern Time the day before.

Origin: Ethiopia

Region: Guji

Locality: Shakiso

Producer: Ture Waji of Sookoo Coffee

Dry Station: Dambi Uddo

Altitude: 2173 meters

Process: Natural sundried

Varieties: Gibirinna 74110, Serto 74112

Tasting notes: Strawberry, lemon candy, rose

Ethiopia Birbissa is a natural processed coffee produced by our partners Sookoo Coffee in Shakiso, Guji zone. Out of all the coffees we buy from Ethiopia each year we only buy one natural and it’s always from Sookoo. The reason for this is the incredibly clean cup they’re able to produce; you’ll find no earth or funk in these coffees. While the last two years we’ve bought a lot called Shoondhisa, this year we selected their Birbissa lot instead. We find Birbissa to be just a little more delicate, but you’d have to really split hairs to tell the difference between the two, the quality and cup profile are very consistent and almost identical. Sookoo, owned by our friend Ture Waji, produces only natural sun dried coffees. They take this specialization very seriously and it shows in the cup.

Ripe cherry is grown and picked by smallholding farmers in the surrounding area under native shade canopy, and delivered to the Dambi Uddo station. After the delivery is sorted and weighed, the farmer is paid above market price and the cherry is brought immediately to raised beds to dry in the sun. These coffees are seriously some of the cleanest naturals we've ever tasted, which we attribute to excellent picking and sorting by the growers, followed by extremely diligent and slow drying in perfect conditions at the hands of Ture and his team at Sookoo.

With this year's harvest of Birbissa we taste a clean and sparkling cup with flavors of strawberry, lemond candy, and rose.

Transparency

This is our third year buying from Sookoo Coffee through our importer Osito Coffee. We wrote a forward contract in February 2021 to buy 5 60kg bags for $4.85/lb FOT, on a day when the Coffee Commodity price was $1.37/lb. Our friend Kyle Bellinger from Osito Coffee sent us a pre-ship sample for approval, which we scored an 89.

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