This Harrar comes from the border of the Sidama region from the Durato Bombe village. It has that traditional blueberry taste, mulling spices (think cinnamon/clove), and a tart juiciness. It's a natural processed coffee, which is the norm for Harrar coffees. It is a grade 1, which is the highest possible grade of bean, although you will find some quakers and bug marks.
It hits you hard with the blueberry, and it's not muddled with lemon or strawberry like so many Harrars are these days. You can both drink it straight, or use it in blends, so the versatility is handy. I particularly enjoy a light roast of this blended with a dark roasted Indonesian to make the classic Mokka-Java blend. But I like it as straight up light roast coffee as well. It has creamier body than you would find in a Yirgacheffe.
These beans are of the Mokka varietal which never roast evenly. Do not be alarmed if you see a variation of color in your roast. Give it steady heat at the beginning, slow it down at the first cracks. After the first cracks end, give it maybe 30 more seconds and let it out. The usual rule of thumb is that you want the roast to end 30 degrees and 3 minutes past the beginning of the 1st cracks, but on this one we're giving it 30 extra seconds to make it sweeter. I would not take the roast farther than that unless you are incorporating it into an espresso blend, at which point you can take it up to the 2nd cracks to get a fruity, sweet, creamy shot of espresso.
US Arrival: August 2020
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