Profile: Yellow Tropical Fruits, Raspberry Jam, Floral
Producer: Israel Degfa
Region: Yirgacheffe, Borena Zone
Debeka Farm is a 290 hectare private farm in Gelana Abaya woreda of the Borena zone, south Ethiopia. The farm is owned by Israel Degfa, a renowned second generation coffee producer. Debeka is one of Israel's main farms. Coffee starts life under a sprawling one hectare greenhouse, before being planted throughout the farm. Cherries are hand-sorted before they go into flotation tanks to remove further defects. The whole, ripe cherries are dried on raised African beds, for about 15-18 days, weather dependent. This lot consists of the Mundo Novo variety: a Bourbon-Typica hybrid that was found in Brazil, and typically grown widely in South America. It is a result of Israel's first visit to Brazil, where he was gifted 2kg of Mundo Novo seeds. This lot is a perfect example of how local terroir plays a role in the flavour profile of coffee, as well as variety and process. When grown in South America, expect notes of stone fruit and milk chocolate; but when grown in Ethiopia, the result is a cup of tropical goodness! This is the second year we have brought this lot from Israel through Kamba, and it tastes even more tropical than last year! A medley of yellow tropical fruits overwhelms the aroma. Following into the cup, mango, papaya and honeydew melon all contribute to a deep sweetness. As the cup cools, pineapple punches through with a vibrant acidity. Raspberry jam provides a sticky body, before jasmine and honeysuckle takes over the palate.
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