Varietal: Ethiopian heirlooms
Drying: Sun-dried on raised beds
Harvest: November - January
The Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm is 500 hectares with about 300 hectares planted in coffee and has been owned and operated by Ismel Hassen and his family since 2012. It is located 510 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and the property crosses the border of two villages: Taro and Sewana located in the Oromia region in the Guji zone of the Shakiso district of Ethiopia.
Ismel oversees a staff of 25 permanent full-time and 300 seasonal employees, and the farm management offers free transportation services as well as financial support for building schools and administration buildings for the community. The farm competes with a nearby mining village for seasonal workers, so Ismel and his family tend to pay higher wages to their pickers in order to incentivize them returning year after year.
Kayon Mountain farm has a nursery on-site and utilizes shade (acacia and other indigenous trees) to protect the coffee as well as for creating compost to fertilize naturally. Ismel is meticulous about not only the structure and management of the farm itself but also the harvesting and processing. Both Natural and Washed lots are produced on the property.
Natural coffees are picked, rinsed and sorted, and moved to the drying beds. In both cases, the drying can take between 12–20 days, also depending on the weather.
I've purchased beans from Black River Roasters before and loved them. I don't know what happened with this one, but the beans were so sour that the espresso made with them was undrinkable. I'll definitely try Black River again with a different type of bean, but these were just not good at all.
We love your coffee. You're the only roaster we buy from.
This Ethiopian coffee is delicious, it's light and super smooth, which is why I enjoy it during a relaxing afternoon or weekend morning. Love it in a Chemex! Bright blueberry and floral characteristics. 10/10
Not really too familiar with specialty coffee but I figured I'd take a chance and try the Ethiopia out...honestly this was THE best morning cups of coffee I've ever made at my house. Definitely will be buying again. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could. Thanks guys! Keep doing your thing