Tariku - Ethiopia

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Tariku
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Tasting Notes: Pineapple, guava, strawberry, sweet and fruity with a bracing citric acidity and full syrupy body
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Process: Natural
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Variety: 74112 Ethiopian landrace
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Cup Score: 87

Altitude: 2000 MASL
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Finally, Ethiopian season. My absolute favourite origin of coffee and arguably where the original coffee plant was discovered (let's not get into that). This Ethiopian is something special, it's a Yirgacheffe and wow is it delicious. Bright, sweet, syrupy and smooth. Everything I look for in a coffee. Natural process, so higher sucrose retention, earthy notes and a wonderful acidity. 
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Tariku Mengesha is the sole owner and produced this natural coffee entirely on his farm. The farm is located within the Banko Chelchele Kebele (neighbourhood) of Gedeb Woreda, south of Yirgacheffe. Tariku applies basic agronomic practices and keeps the field free of any weeds. Alongside his coffee trees, he grows pulse crops so as to maintain the fertility of the soil. He also prunes his trees with the help of Technoserve (non-profit org, worth a google) and distinct agricultural experts. This lot was processed in a traditional Natural process; first by soaking the cherries to remove all immature floaters, overripe and foreign matters and then drying on raised beds for 28 days. While coffee is Mengesha’s primary income, which he uses to support his family that includes 10 children (3 boys and 7 girls), he also grows navy beans and false banana, called “enset,” which produce no edible fruit but whose root and heart (rhizome and pseudostem, if you want to be botanically accurate) can be harvested. The average enset matures in four or five years, and the plant can provide around 80 lbs of starchy food, usually fermented underground for up to a year, after which the doughy substance can keep for up to a decade. While the fibres in the heart of the plant can be boiled, the most popular iteration is a fermented enset “bread” or “cheese,” called “kocho” – quite strong and foreign to the western palate, but a staple in Southern Ethiopia.
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