Episode 719

Jimma is home to the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre (JARC). This is the home of coffee plant research and development in Ethiopia. Coffee plant varietals is a tricky conversation in Ethiopia, where there is a huge range of genetic diversity in plants, and we often have to describe them as “heirloom”. These might be truly wild plants, but in many cases these are actually plants which came originally from the JARC selective breeding programs. Two of the most famous selections from JARC, popular throughout Ethiopia and which make up this lot are JARC 74110 & JARC 74112 (catchy name, right!!).

You'll get a mug of black tea with a spoonful of honey and a wedge of lemon here. As the cup cools, slightly floral papaya appears and emphasises the sweet juiciness of this cup.

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Region: Jimma
  • Washing Station: Telila
  • Washing Station Owner: Mike Mamo
  • Farmers: Local Smallholders
  • Elevation: 1,800 m.a.s.l.
  • Varietal: JARC 74110 & JARC 74112
  • Process: Washed

Cupping Notes

Black tea, honey, lemon, papaya

  • Clean cup: (1–8): 6
  • Sweetness: (1–8): 7
  • Acidity: (1–8): 7
  • Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6
  • Flavour: (1–8): 7
  • Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
  • Balance: (1–8): 6
  • Overall: (1–8): 6.5
  • Correction: (+36): +36
  • Total: (max. 100): 87.5

Roast Information
Medium - slow this down a little as it goes through first crack, letting in run into the gap but keeping it before you reach second. This one isn't very forgiving of underdevelopment and can easily roast too quickly, so watch out for that.

Telila Washing Station

Situated near Kecho Anderacha in Gera Woreda. Mike Mamo is a coffee exporter and also partner in the importer for this coffee, but in 2019 he decided to buy this Washing Station. It’s taken him a while to get it organised and get good practices in place, we’re excited to see what the future brings!

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