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Ethiopian Kembata – natural processed coffee

July 30, 2008

Fratello Coffee has another new region we are bring forward to our clients.  This natural processed coffee will be available early August.  We found that this Kembata had notable winey aromas of blueberry and strawberry’s. The lemon/lime acidity finishes clean with lingering sweet flavors of black cherry and blueberries, and gave this a cupping score of 89.   You have to try this coffee as a single origin espresso….it is truly unique.

 

The Kambata region Is located about 350 miles outside of Addis Ababa in south-western Ethiopia between the Bilate and Omo (Gibe) rivers north of Kenya.  “Kambataland” strectches far across the lip of the Rift Valley reaching 2000 meters in altitude.  The Kambata people are comprised of 100 different clans and groups that now all share the language of Kembatinga.   It is one of the most densely populated places in all of Africa and is currently in the midst of ecological crisis. 

It is crucial that this area begins developing it resources for increased exportation of its goods to increase the economic stability of this region.  At this time coffee is the largest cash crop they produce, followed by honey, chili peppers and bananas.  The majority of agriculture grown is for the consumption in their homes.   

The two main issues people of Kembata face are: how their people get their food and how they get their cash.  We were excited at the idea of working with cooperatives in this territory, as we could do a small part in aiding this area through buying their coffee.  We were thrilled when we finally got to sample the coffees available.  The powerful flavor profiles jumped off the cupping table when comparing them to other Ethiopian products.  Hands down, this was one of the more unique areas we sampled.
We chose to buy a full natural processed coffee, and you can really taste the fruit in this cup.  We found that the natural Kembata had notable winey aromas of blueberry and strawberry’s. The lemon/lime acidity finishes clean with lingering sweet flavors of black cherry and blueberries, and gave this a cupping score of 89.   You have to try this coffee as a single origin espresso….it is truly unique.