Our relationship Yirgacheffe is now available! This seems like a good time/place to update you on this coffee, as well as a few other items I’ve been thinking about.
First, about this coffee… it will rock your world. It’s that good. I usually don’t name drop competitors here, but this is the same coffee sold by both Intelligentsia (all genuflect) and Barefoot. If you didn’t trust my cupping before, you should now. Second, I feel better about selling this coffee than just about any I’ve ever sold. Knowing the people involved is really tremendous. Dante, the GM of the washing station and exporting company, is a native Ethiopian, and he directs much of the profit back to the producers. It’s not just about the people, it’s about the planet, too. Last year, they installed an eco-pulper that cuts their water use by more than 80%, which is huge.
So for all these great reasons, we’ve decided to call this coffee “Buna Dante”. Buna means coffee in Ahmaric, the language of Ethiopia. Has a nice ring, doesn’t it?
Anyway, regarding another topic… Since returning, I’ve struggled with the “proper” spelling of Yirgacheffe. This place name is actually pronounced, and usually spelled (in-country) as two words: Yerga Cheffe, meaning “calm marsh” in Ahmaric. My preference would be to spell it this way on our web site, and we thought about doing that. At the end of the day, however, we decided it was to important to be findable as most Americans would search it. So we’re sticking with the American interpretation. This all is not to say that’s wrong, I did see it as Yirgacheffe there, too, on occasion.
We hope you will try and enjoy this wonderful Relationship Coffee.