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Producer

Ismael Hassen, Kayon Mountain Farm

Cup Profile

Apricot, Honey, Lime, Bergamot, Jasmine

Country

Ethiopia

Preparation

Certified Organic Farm. Washed. Dried for 12-20 days on raised beds

Terroir

Shakiso, Guji

Genetics

Endemic heirloom

Altitude

1900-2100m

Cup Score

88

Sourcing

Falcon Speciality

Description

Whilst our Warehouse City Espresso references Manchester’s industrial past, Graphene Espresso embodies the future of coffee. Taking its name from the highly versatile smart material developed at the University of Manchester, Graphene Espresso allows confident coffee professionals the opportunity to offer their customers an ever changing selection of single origin coffees specifically roasted to shine in espresso drinks.

While our Warehouse City Espresso references Manchester’s industrial past, Graphene Espresso embodies the future of coffee. Taking its name from the highly versatile smart material developed at the University of Manchester, Graphene Espresso allows confident coffee professionals the opportunity to offer their customers an ever changing selection of single origin coffees specifically roasted to shine in espresso drinks.

Traditionally, blends have been presented as being the epitome of desirability in coffee. While there is some value to marketing a “signature blend” as some sort of  flavour-based USP, we believe that the best way to showcase the sheer variety of diverse flavours made available to us thanks to the hard work of dedicated coffee producers is truly worth celebrating. Graphene offers the opportunity to experience the characteristics that are unique to a given lot of coffee from our favourite producers, rather than the homogenisation of mediocre commercial coffee. The future of coffee is not the blend. We believe the future of coffee is the careful curation of delicious diversity.

This coffee is exactly what we hoped for, and more. We knew exactly what we were expecting from a washed coffee of this caliber from the locality of Shakiso even before tasting the first sample… Apricot. Citrus. Florals. These are the characteristics of the terroir. And, true to form, Kayon delivers. In the cup, it reveals its nature in superb style. Our roast expresses sweet, juicy apricot, the clear citric acidity of lime and oodles of bergamot and jasmine florals.

It feels like we have been waiting for this moment for a long time. Three years, in fact. We first came across Kayon Mountain Farm, like many roasters, through our pals at Falcon Speciality. At the time, Ismael Hassen’s family-run Organic coffee farm and wet mill had just had its first successful harvest. The family had acquired Kayon Mountain Farm in 2012, and had spent 4 years meticulously tending their coffee crop and had just released their first harvest, with impressive results. We fell in love, and our offering has featured incredible naturally processed lots from Kayon ever since. Despite huge allround success as filter and espresso, this is the first time we have been able to offer a washed coffee from this farm. We are proud to finally present this beautiful, complex coffee which completely embodies the spirit of Graphene Espresso: an outstanding coffee from a progressive producer. If you love this coffee, be sure to look out for our release of this year’s Kayon Natural too.