This year's Kurimi delivers its trademark of mesmerizing floral aromatics along with flavors of honeydew melon, passionfruit and lemon curd. It offers a sweet, clean, and excitingly nuanced cup.
Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
About Smallholder producers of Ethiopia
Kurimi takes its name—and its inspiration—from an Amharic reference to excellence. Certainly some of the world’s most excellent coffees come out of the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, where coffee grows wild in the hill country. Since the first washing station built in the 1970s revealed the astounding flavors and quality of washed Yirgacheffe coffee, it’s become the standard for most of southern Ethiopia, rather than the traditional sun-dried process still used in other parts of the country.
Jasmine and lemongrass are some of the flavor notes revered in coffees from this area, and this one from growers near Chelbesa is a beautiful example of washed coffee done right.
Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
Founded in 1995, this Chicago-based institution got its start roasting on vintage equipment within its first coffeebar. At the time, finding great tasting, freshly roasted coffee was surprisingly elusive. So, Doug Zell and Emily Mange decided to do something about it. They didn’t set out to change the world, just a small corner of it, and they certainly did just that, pioneering Direct Trade practices in the coffee industry before that really became a thing. Because of this, they were able to develop and source exclusive, remarkable coffees not found elsewhere.
Fast forward to today: with a focus on consistency, quality, and sustainability, Intelligentsia continues to be an industry pioneer, traveling the world to source the finest specialty coffee and roasting those beans at their Chicago and Los Angeles locations. True to their original quest, they believe that coffee in all its forms—whole bean, brewed, and espresso—should be an approachable, accessible luxury. For Intelligentsia, making coffee a memorable addition to any experience and making the act of preparing and enjoying a cup of coffee an experience in and of itself are key passions.
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