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36387 – Ethiopia Sidama 1 FTO Hunkute Ecotact coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Hunkute Cooperative, located in the Wonsho district within the Sidama Zone, Southern Nations Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region. The Hunkute Cooperative joined the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU), an umbrella organization established 2001 to support a sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Sidama region. SCFCU supports forty-six cooperatives with more than 80,000 farmer-members. This is a lovely example of a washed Sidama, offering a lot of floral aromas and classic stone fruit and citrus flavors in the cup. Hunkute is neighboring washing station to our 36336 – Ethiopia Sidama 1 FTO Bokasso Ecotact which we analyzed here a few weeks ago.

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Perhaps because 36387 – Ethiopia Sidama 1 FTO Hunkute Ecotact is a little less dense or ever-so-slightly less dry than some of the other Ethiopian washed coffees I’ve roasted recently, it spent a long time in the drying phase before turning color. I attempted two fairly similar roast profiles with generally favorable results, despite some differences in acidity in the cup. PR-0240 had a higher charge temperature, a faster rate of rise, and a quicker end; it had more floral fragrance but was a little thinner. Some micromanagement of heat adjustments on PR-0241 during Maillard reactions and a dip in gas about a minute into first crack yielded a brighter acidity.

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