Fahem 74148
Tim Wendelboe

Fahem 74148

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Roast Date: 9/1/21

Tasting Notes: Floral / Sweet Citrus / Stone Fruit

Origin: Ethiopia [Atnago, Limmu Seka]

Cultivar: 74148

Process: Washed

Roaster's Notes:

When I started looking for farms to buy from in Ethiopia, everyone told me to go to the southern part of the coffee-growing areas and although I really like the coffees from Sidama, Yirgacheffe and Guji my all time favourite coffees from Ethiopia were all grown further west like in the Jimma, Kaffa and Limmu areas. I have always found the coffees there to be very diverse in flavour profiles even though a lot of the farms are growing similar cultivars, so that is why I decided to focus my time in the south-west when I started looking for farms to buy from.

The washed coffees from Fahem is quite different to the typical Ethiopian Sidamo / Yirgacheffe coffees with a slight more delicate flavour profile. There are also subtle nuances between the 74110 and 74148 cultivars that they separate for us on this farm. This year the 74148 is tasting a bit more open with peach-like stone fruit flavours with subtle floral and sweet citrus flavours. On the nose I sometimes can get a herbal minty character as well.

These coffees are really delicate and pretty and a lot of times our guests will say it tastes like tea. Personally I prefer to brew them slightly weaker than normal to be able to enjoy the “tea like” flavours even more. I often dose a few grams less than I normally do with a coffee and keep the same grind setting to ensure I have a good extraction.  This coffee is best drunk at a lukewarm temperature and can also work really well as an iced coffee. And remember, it is not the coffee that tastes like tea, it’s the flavoured tea that tastes like delicious Ethiopian coffees…

In an attempt to find a farmers we could start working more closely with in Ethiopia, I went on a trip in December 2018 to visit a handful of farms in the western part of the country. Out of those visits we ended up buying from three different farms where Fahem is the biggest one of them.

While visiting the farm I was shown around by Hayatudin Jamal who works for Fahem and the owner of the farm Mohammed Lalo. I was quite impressed with the infrastructure on the farm and also how they had planted different coffee cultivars separate from each other and kept a lot of the natural forest canopy over the coffee trees. The wet mill had a huge capacity with two different processing lines and two different types of processing machines. They were also drying the coffees on raised beds but they would pick and mix the different cultivars together and bulk different pickings together. I therefore asked Hayatudin if they were willing to separate the different cultivars and also if they could follow my suggested processing and drying protocol to see if we could improve the quality even further. Hayatudin offered to produce 60 bags of coffee for us according to my requests but I would of course have to commit to buying those 60 bags.

In the end we were really happy with the results of this experiment and we have continued to ask for their specially prepared washed coffees ever since. Hopefully we will be able to visit the farm more often in the future years in order to see how we can help improve the quality of the coffees we buy from this farm just like we do in Central-America and Colombia.


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