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  • ETHIOPIAN ADADO NATURAL 2021

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Bule Adado Natural

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This is the kind of coffee that can turn some people who like coffee, into obsessives that just love coffee. As it is a natural processed coffee, so it can also equate to very non-coffee tasting coffee, for some. This is the coffee that I think a lot of the coffee-growing world try and emulate when producing natural processed coffees. The layers of fruit, sweet acidity, and ripeness are just (to me) jaw-droppingly delicious and just make me happy when I taste them.   

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Owner: Adado Co-operative

Members: 1273 smallholders, of which 204 are women. Plus 185 seasonal staff, in the harvest.

Harvest: October to February

Location: Daro kebele, in the border with Adado kebele and next to Aboole River, Bule District, Gedeo Zone, SNNPR national region

Altitude: 1950-2060 Meters above sea level

Process: Natural

Varietals:  Kudhume, Welisho, Dego

Roast: Light Filter. Cool dropped.

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Based on 60-65g per litre

|Aromatics: Fruit salad| Body: Light initially, thickening to “syrupy” on cooling | Acidity: Ripe sweet citrus, grapefruit, candied lemon.|

When I buy coffees ahead, I always hope they will arrive as good as this. This Bule Adado is every bit as fresh and vibrant in the cup, as it was pre-shipment.

Upfront, sweet grapefruit (bolder than I was expecting) that quickly takes a back seat. Floral, stewed boozy fruits play on the palate, elevated by the citrus. On cooling, there is a real mixture of Citrus, white fruit sugars, black tea, jasmine, and candied lemon. 

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Adado is a primary cooperative part of Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU). Unions such as YCFCU were created with government support to help primary co-operatives to market and sell coffee. As a service provider, is in their interest and part of their MO to represent each individual washing station. Coffees from a union won’t have a generic label. They will always be traceable up to the kebele level. In a market where coffees from different areas are sometimes blended to fulfill contracts based on price points, YCFCU only exports coffee from the Gedeo zone. And, as they don’t own the coffee, they can’t blend lots from different washing stations unless all parts agree and state the mix transparently on the lot name. A little like champagne, cheddar cheese, or a Melton Mowbray Pork pie or even Stilton ( has never been made in Stilton).

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