Tasting notes: Dark chocolate orange
Varietal: Arabica - SL-14, SL-28, SL-34
Roast style: Espresso
This coffee is from the October 2019 harvest, and is fresh crop for this region.
Ekimuli means flower in Luganda, a widely spoken language in Uganda. It is from the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon. The coffee is processed at a modern and central drying station focused solely on naturals. The Ekimuli coffees have a recognisable flavour profile of mild fermentation with berry-like and floral characters. This coffee is based on a flavour profile rather than tied to a specific location. The cherries can come from different locations, but always have to meet the criteria on quality and traceability. We expect to be able to buy coffee with this type of profile regularly. All the farmers that contributes with cherries are part of a buying program in parishes (local villages) around the Kasese area. The coffee cherries are selected based on quality and sustainability programs with the smallholders. After reception the cherries are floated and dried on raised beds with continuous sorting. Drying can take from 10-25 days depending on the amount of rain and sun during the harvest period.
This is a great coffee with or without milk.
We paid $10.25USD per kg (raw/unroasted) on this one (before weight loss & every other expense). That is significantly higher than the commodity price of coffee at the moment (currently $2.16 USD per kg on 9/6/20). That said pricing is only part of this story. We believe that effective sustainability will come from trust building relationships with farmers and this is why we love working with Nordic Approach to source most of our coffees like this one.
This is most definitely recommended for the coffee connoisseur who will enjoy their coffee black. We suggest brewing with a filter brewer like an Aeropress, V60 or Kalita Wave on this one.
P.S. For the coffee nerds this was roasted as a 7.5kg batch on our 15kg machine. Why? Better temperature control and we also find better flavours when the BTU to batch size ratio is higher. We have two bags of this amazing stuff and then its gone.