This coffee comes from 23 farmers associated with the Raro Nensebo Village, located in Guji’s Uraga District. With elevations exceeding 2000 meters above sea level, Uraga’s extreme conditions allow for a slower ripening of the coffee cherry, resulting in a sweeter, more complex seed. Additionally, many of the coffee trees in this area are variety 74110, a newer variety cultivated from the wild, ancient coffee trees of the Illubabor Forest. This rare variety, paired with the ability to farm at extreme elevations, creates a distinct, highly sought flavor profile that can’t be found anywhere else.
The diversity and intricacy of Ethiopian coffee is largely due to its status as coffee’s ancestral-genetic homeland. Coffee has grown wild in Ethiopia for thousands of years, with the earliest cultivation and consumption only dating back to the mid 15th century. Because of this ancient heritage, many of the trees found in Ethiopia are considered to be the offspring of the old “wild” tree varieties, which we believe contribute significantly to the distinguishable flavors found in Ethiopian coffee.
Raro Nensebo is a near perfect example of the ancient and rustic flavor-profile that’s typical of Ethiopian coffee. On the nose you’ll notice fragrant aromas of wildflowers, jasmine tea, and tropical fruits. In the cup, you can expect a full spectrum of lush and expressive flavors. When hot, expect intense and direct fruit flavors of mango, peach, and tropical melon. As it cools you’ll experience tones of blue and red berries, along with sugary dates and chocolate. This coffee can’t be described as anything less than an outstanding example of the unmistakable and distinctive personality of Ethiopian coffee.