Arabica coffee is considered among the least genetically diverse crops on the planet. If there is one part of the globe that bucks this trend, it’s Ethiopia. Rather than one or two common cultivars, Ethiopia has hundreds of commercially grown indigenous varieties, and hundreds more planted as research by government and private research entities. The result is better disease resistance and an abundance of flavor.
Zelelu’s coffee is very dense, even compared to the high expectations of many washed Ethiopian coffees. It has been cleanly prepped to Grade 1 standards and looks nicely polished and smells fresh. While small, the screen size of the lot is quite tightly distributed which should help mitigate inconsistencies while roasting. The coffee is of average moisture content with a slightly higher than average water activity. The push and pull of high density and high water activity might actually make this coffee a little easier to manage as it approaches first crack.