Notes: Grapefruit, Earl Grey, Apricot.
The village of Boto in the Ethiopian highlands was selling some of the cheapest coffee in Ethiopia, the notorious 'Jimma 5'. Now it's selling a bean coveted by speciality roasters and has built a road with some of the proceeds. The yellowed highlands around the city of Jimma in Ethiopia are where coffee was discovered in the 8th century. But by the end of the 20th century, its reputation had become as shaky as a car ride on its mountain roads. Carl Cervone, a coffee agronomist for the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization Techno Serve, says most of the coffee here is labeled Jimma 5, because it has all five major defects that come from poor farming. And yet ask one of the farmers here, Haleuya Habagaro, and she'll tell you her coffee isn't just not bad — it's exquisite.
Farmers here have been harvesting coffee the same way for a thousand years: The coffee fruit is picked and dried.
Coffee Origin: Jimma, Ethiopia. Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom. Process: Washed. Point score: 90. Altitude: 1750-1800masl