Our June Ethiopian small batches have arrived! Launching today, Violet Ethiopia & Candied Grapefruit Ethiopia are hot off the roaster. These coffees are available in 48g Tasting Samples for $3.00, one-pound bags for $22, five-pound bags (online only) for $90, and bulk coffee options at stonecreekcoffee.com. Or head to your neighborhood Stone Creek cafe and taste both manually brewed when you order a V60 from our Brew Bar. Plus, starting on July 7th, you’ll be able to order Candied Grapefruit as our Seasonal ‘Spro.
So, what is the difference between these coffees? First, let’s talk about the similarities. Violet Ethiopia and Candied Grapefruit Ethiopia are two different light roast profiles of the same coffee. Candied Grapefruit is a touch lighter than Violet, but both are lovely coffees that celebrate the birthplace of coffee. Explore the roast spectrum and what differences can develop in coffees as they are roasted, even slightly differently.
Faysel A. Yonis was born into a coffee-producing family and enjoyed the rich traditions of Ethiopian coffee culture at a young age. He fervently recalls the coffee tree looming over their front yard, the daily coffee ceremonies performed by his mother, and the two farms near the Chelenko village his father owned. By the 90s, Faysel became a representative of coffee farmers by introducing their coffee to the local market. A decade of experience gave Faysel enough confidence to start his own company: Testi Trading PLC.
The Bishan Dimo washing station opened its gates in 2017 in the Denbi Uddo Kebele. The area of Shakiso is a combination of outstretched hills and mountains that give you the impression that the area is flat. But in fact, the region reaches heights up to 2050masl. 800+ smallholder families surround the Bishan Dimo site. The small plots, typically 1.5 hectares, are shaded by false banana plants, and the semi-forests engulf their farms. Faysel’s brother, Hakime Yonis, is the manager of the station and responsible for daily operations. Although Guji is known for its cattle, it has developed into a coffee-growing region thanks to entrepreneurs like Faysel.
These coffees were washed and fermented in clean cement tanks for 24-48 hours. The parchment is then dried for 10 to 12 days. Once delivered to us, we roasted each coffee to bring out subtle, yet delicious differences. In a mug of Violet Ethiopia, you’ll find bright citrus notes paired with the sweetness of caramelized sugar and creamy, custard-like mouthfeel. And in a mug of Candied Grapefruit, you’ll find grapefruit notes paired with the sweetness of brown sugar and the acidity of green apple.
Try both to celebrate not only the birthplace of coffee, but also the intricacies of how roasting imparts delicate and different flavors, even on the same coffee. Get yours today with free carbon-neutral shipping when you click the buttons below.