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Hayissa Olocho

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Origin: Hayissa Olocho Keramo, Bensa Sidama

Process: Natural

Variety: Heirloom

Sourced by: Catalyst Trade

In the world of coffee, there may be nothing more polarizing than natural processing. Is it the increased (and sometimes overt) fruitiness? Is it the fermentation? The richness? I’ve seen some very seasoned coffee professionals call one natural coffee on a cupping table the most gorgeous they’ve tasted (I call said group the “fermenty adventurers”), while others in the cohort claim the same coffee is simply rotten (nemeses to the fermenty adventurers, the washed, “cleanliness champions”).  I’ve been watching a lot of Lord of the Rings, but stick with me…

I’ll let you in on a little secret that Botz has adopted in featuring some of the best naturals on our menu – the most special natural coffees are the ones that cause the fermenty adventurers and the cleanliness champions to shift their longstanding perceptions. Our favorite naturally-processed coffees cause both camps to meet together, in peace, for a spellbound high-five. 

Hayissa Olocho is one of those coffees so masterfully produced and monitored that it offers what I call the optimal natural ~balance~. From the moment it is ground, the fermenty adventurers will notice its strawberry fragrance, like when you open a new jar of Smuckers jam. The cleanliness champions will note its aromatic florality, with hints of fresh and zesty nectarine. When the sipping begins, the best of both worlds are revealed, and allegiances start to shift. The coffee preference sorting hat is simply stumped, as ripe and stewed strawberry melds with a fresh and piercing nectarine acidity, combining in a coffee that’s ripe and dense, with a delicate and lingering stonefruit acidity. The finish starts off boozy with a quick vermouth sweetness, but finishes clean with gin-like botanicals, like citrus peel. Diplomacy!

If you’re looking for one sip that represents the yin and yang of coffee preferences, a delightful head-scratcher, or a mug turned magic 8 ball, Hayissa Olocho is for you.

***Please note that coffee orders are roasted, processed, and shipped on Wednesdays. The cutoff for orders is 12:00 pm each Tuesday.***