Tasting Notes: Raspberry, Lavender, Blueberry
Roast Level: Light Roast
Region: Gomma District
Farm: Koye Farm
From the Roaster:
Two brothers – Mustefa and Musa Abalulessa. Several years ago Mustefa and his brother Musa began producing specialty coffee. The story of how Mustefa came to this land is incredibly interesting. Before much of the undergrowth was cleared to farm coffee (dense tree coverage remains for shade growing), this jungle parcel at almost 7,000 ft elevation was a hideout for Mustefa’s father, Abalulessa, a guerrilla fighting against The Derg - the oppressive military government of the time. Having failed to capture him and lost soldiers trying, the government turned to the local community with a bounty. His health deteriorating and near death, Abalulessa turned to an old friend and, as thanks for nursing him through his final months, told him to tell the government he had killed him, and thus benefit from the bounty. Abalulessa died in 1977, when Mustefa was two, and as part of an amnesty and reconciliation program, the government gave the land of the current farm to Mustefa’s family, which he now farms along with another plot 7km away with Musa.
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