Many people do not know that coffee is of African decent. The original beans were allegedly discovered in Ethiopia by a goat farmer who then brought his discovery to the attention of the monastic world who later made it available to other countries. These beans are now known world wide and have many variations throughout different growing climates, location and farming practices.
African coffees are considered to be some of the world’s most exquisite beans, they are grown at high elevations with very balanced soil conditions. Coffees from this region range in flavours between countries and regions but in general most carry similar brightness, balance and floral like notes. It is because of there full body and medium acidity that pairing them with fruits, cinnamon, chocolate and raisins is so delicious to the palate.
The three regions that we carry at Coyote’s are Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. All of these regions are known and loved for different reasons, and bring delight to those who try them.
Kaffa, Harar, Arsi and Sidamo are the original homes of coffee located on the south-western side of Ethiopia. The coffee plants grow wild in the mountain rain forests in many different varieties in this region.
The original origin of all coffees, also brings many people to believe it must be the truest form of coffee. Kaffa beans have rustic flavours and finish with a bold yet smooth acidity. It is because of its boldness that it pairs quite well with milk for cappuccinos and lattes.
Ethiopian Kaffa coffee has been a superstar since its original beginnings, next time your in take a look and see if its something you want to add into you morning routine!
Kenya’s grading scale includes Kenya E, Kenya PB, Kenya AA, Kenya AB, Kenya C, Kenya TT, Kenya T and Kenya MH/ML. The beans are graded as green coffee beans and then sold to be roasted.
The A-grade coffee such as Kenya AA, are washed and sundried during harvest allowing their classic flavours to develop. Kenya AA coffee is considered by many to be one of the most top rated coffees worldwide. It is grown at 6600 feet above sea level where growing conditions are slower, allowing for more nutrients to reach and develop within the bean and for their flavours to mature. The high plateaus in which they are grown lend a full body, rich and strong in flavour with a wine-like finish. We recommend scooping these beans up before their gone!
Coffees are grown on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, under shade of bananas trees. Some believe that the flavor profiles of these beans are somewhat similar to those of Kenya. The one thing that varies is the presence of the ever-so-famous peaberry. Although peaberries can be found in Kenya, Ethiopia and throughout coffee cultivating regions, they are tightly associated with Tanzanian coffees.
The Tanzanian Peaberry is something many associate with specialty coffee boutiques and stores. Grown within the same crop of regular beans, the peaberries always seem to give a different flavor profile to that of the original crop. The small dense beans are roasted according to their proportion and in most cases, give a lighter body, slightly more acidic flavours than the crop they were grown amongst. These beans are seen as exotic and worldly. It is because of their abundance that they have become so popular.
The Tanzanian flat beans are readily sold to consumers and the peaberries are then able to become a crop of their own. Typically, medium bodied with bright tones and fruit acidity, this bean has notes of black currant and can finish into a smooth chocolatey flavour.