Origin: Ethiopia, Zone - Jimma, Woreda - Agaro Gera, Union - Kata Muduga, Washing Station - Nano Genji
Sourced by: Red Fox Coffee Merchants
Each year before the beginning of school, my Mom would take my sister and me to our local mall for supplies and a new first-day-of-school outfit. While I generally despise shopping for clothes and overcrowded stores, I was always game for this particular mall trip. The reason – between Hot Topic and all the trinket vendors, there was the most epic candy shop, and every lackadaisical fashion show in the dressing room brought me one step closer to that reward. Peach rings, blue shark gummies, banana chews – you name it, they had it. Most kids went for the wild, sour choices with edge (Warheads anyone?), but I was drawn to the roguest of selections: blackberry gummies with the crunchy coating. I’m pretty sure they are European in origin and are the preferred candy of those of an older age bracket, but I couldn’t get enough.
Having politely gone along with the Zoolander antics of the day, my mother would gift me a mega bag of these cherished sweets. I wasn’t particularly fond of the raspberry gummies that came in the assortment, so I would pick all my blackberry friends and smoosh them together for the ultimate chew bomb (over the top but also slightly genius). Blackberry sweetness followed by a sparkling and dissolving sugar crunch.
While I now shake at the thought of that blackberry bowling-ball-sized candy, I’m ultra-relieved that I can relive its sheer opulence with Nano Genji #8. This coffee represents Agaro at its finest – champagne vivacity with buoyant sweetness and gushing fruit. It is perfumey and confident, and you’ll feel similarly if you catch a waft of its floral bloom when it hits your preferred pour-over brewer. The best coffees let you know they’ll be exquisite before they even hit your mug – Nano Genji is one of those coffees. Enjoy it from the dry grounds to the final fig-driven finish.
***Please note that coffee orders are roasted, processed, and shipped on Saturdays. The cutoff for orders is 12:00 pm each Friday.***