Buriso Amaje, Ethiopia
- Tasting Notes: Blueberry Jam, Peach, Silky Body
- Varietal(s): Heirloom
- Processing: Natural
- Altitude: 2050 masl
- Farm(ers): Smallholder
- Region: Sidama, Dambi village, Bensa district, Southern Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a country well regarded for its beautifully floral and fruity coffee. In fact, coffee is one of the country’s primary exports, generating up to 30% of foreign exchange earnings. The Ethiopian government recognizes the value of this natural resource and maintains a position of high quality beans being reserved as an export. Many small farmers do not have the cash available to begin producing a significant amount of coffee beans. Coffee traders such as Falcon Coffees prefinance the coffee, so that the farmers are able to avoid selling their beans locally for quick cash.
In the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia, there are a group of farmers who all have 3 to 12 hectares of land dedicated to their coffee trees. This year they have assigned their leader, Buriso Amaje, to organize the milling and export of the coffee alongside Falcon Coffees. Buriso has 12 hectares of land in the Dambi village of the Bensa district. He applies compost and manure to the land and maintains the trees by regularly pruning them. Buriso has a rigorous process to select the finest cherries to ensure the highest quality of coffee.
Buriso Amaje is a naturally processed coffee. This is due to the tradition of natural processing in Ethiopia, and the lack of access to pulping machines in the region. The method of natural processing highlights the funky fruitiness in this particular bean. Emphasizing notes of blueberry jam and a velvet or silky body. Whether it is brewed on drip, as a pour over, or pulled as espresso, Buriso Amaje is sure to excite those who love naturally processed coffee.