Mekuria Mergia Grade 1 - LIMITED ROAST

Regular price $18.00

ETHIOPIA

TASTING: Candied lemon & black tea, dazzling
PRODUCER: Hundreds of small-holder farmers
WASHING STATION: Mekuria Mergia 
ORIGIN: Hambela, Guji
VARIETY: Heirloom
ELEVATION: 1,995 masl
PROCESS: Washed
HARVEST: Spring 2019

Net wt. 10oz (285g) 

 PREORDER ─ This is a challenging time for us and for thousands of other small businesses around the globe. Inventory management is a real issue for us as we do not have our normal cafe outlets to move through coffee quickly. We will roast this coffee on Tuesday 5/26 and all pre-orders will ship that day. For the time being, please ignore the Roasting & Shipping Schedule at the bottom of this description. If you have questions please email ross @ vibrantcoffeeroasters.com and we will gladly assist you. Thank you for your support during this crisis.  PREORDER ─

Missed out on our 2020 Good Food Award Winner Ethiopia Ardi Organic? Fear not, this coffee is very similar! Like Ardi, this coffee comes to us via our good friend Samuel Demisse at Keffa Coffee in Baltimore. Samuel was born and raised in Ethiopia and we are proud to work with him to bring the best of Ethiopia to you. In the cup, you'll be hit with sparkling acidity, tons of juicy citrus, and sweet florals in the finish. Enjoy!

From The Ethiopian Cup:

"Most Ethiopian growers inherit their families farm and faire on the knowledge passed down from generations. Mekuria Mergia is the opposite. Having no background in coffee, he entered the market as a true entrepreneur; from the bottom up.

The young Mekuria started to collect coffee from Hambela Wamena-based farms and sold these small batches to nearby mills. He functioned as a smallholder agent, connecting supply and demand. This hands-on, trial and error, ‘groundwork’ gave him valuable insights into the coffee market.

During these years, he started to harbor an interest in coffee processing, and finally was able to establish his own company: Wete Ambela Coffee Export Plc. Through this company, Mekuria installed several washing stations and dry mills in the Guji and Yirgacheffe zone.

He supplied his coffee through the ECX to local exporters and gained a lot of reputation among them as a quality supplier of Guji and Yirgacheffe coffees. In recent years, Mekuria started to focus more on Guji, and in particular on the washing station in the Benti Neka Kebele: the place where his auction lot was harvested and processed.

The washing station in Benti Neka receives coffee cherries from 700 smallholders that live, and farm, at high altitude. Their plots have an average of 120 coffee trees which are engulfed in an almost natural forest-like environment; often classified as semi-forest. Compost and deadfall are strategically spread throughout the small farms to stimulate a heathy eco-system.

The entire family of the smallholder is involved in picking the ripe cherries. The family plans several sweeps through the terrain to make sure every cherry they pick is mature. A tree might be visited several times before harvest is over.

Cherries are laid-out on the properties of smallholders and they make sure that immature cherries are discarded from the batch before they deliver these to the Benti Nenka station. Mekuria’s specially prepared micro-lot for The Ethiopian Cup, endured several of these sorting’s before being processed.

Although his roll shifted from smallholder agent to owner of several washing stations and dry mills, Mekuria still considers himself a representative of the farmers he works with."

 PREORDER ─ This is a challenging time for us and for thousands of other small businesses around the globe. Inventory management is a real issue for us as we do not have our normal cafe outlets to move through coffee quickly. We will roast this coffee on Tuesday 5/26 and all pre-orders will ship that day. For the time being, please ignore the Roasting & Shipping Schedule at the bottom of this description. If you have questions please email ross @ vibrantcoffeeroasters.com and we will gladly assist you. Thank you for your support during this crisis.  PREORDER ─ 

Roasting and Shipping Schedule:

Coffee is roasted on Wednesdays. If you order anytime up until 12pm (noon) Tuesday, we will roast the next day and ship on Thursday. Orders received after 12pm (noon) Tuesday may not get roasted until the following week. If we have extra inventory, we will ship ASAP.  Email us at shippingwoes (at) vibrantcoffeeroasters.com if you have questions about when your order will be roasted and/or shipped.