Cupping Notes: Spicy, citrus, flora, & fruity, with a hint of milk chocolate
Legend has it that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in the Seventh Century by a goat herder who saw his flock eating small red cherries off a large bush, and afterward, they began dancing around. He investigated, took home the berries, roasted the seeds, and made a delicious brew that energized his body and mind.
This sounds like many of our mornings. We grind beans from a high altitude coffee plant, brew a highly aromatic beverage, and then savor the delicious flavor of an exquisite brew. Soon, we too are dancing around in body, soul, and spirit.
The most famous coffee cultivation in Ethiopia is around Yirga Chefe, a city which lies at 6200 feet elevation. The farms in this region produce a fragrant, fruity, spicy, world class coffee.
We roast our Yirgacheffe Light slowly, watching the color of the beans change from green to yellow, to cinnamon, and finally a consistent brown. At the first hint of the second crack, we dump these beans, The result is a smooth, complex coffee that combines fruit, flora, citrus, and spicy tones.
Photo: Here are two of our students in Sawa standing on the Nicaraguan side of the Coco River. The other side is Honduras. When the Sandinista soldiers destroyed Sawa in 1982, most of the residents of Sawa crossed to Honduras and watched the soldiers cut all the coconut, orange, and cashew trees down, shoot all the pigs and cows, and burn their houses. It’s documented that 104 villages were destroyed in this manner along the Coco River in 1981-82.
60,000 Miskito refugees ended up on the Honduran side living in even more primitive conditions.
We arrived in 1984 bringing clothes, food, medicines, and other relief supplies. The area is so remote from the civilized part of Honduras and Nicaragua that it took us six months to get that container we shipped from Houston into the hands of these needy families. It was then that were were asked to help start a primary school. That was in 1985, and over three decades later we are still educating these Miskito children.