Ethiopia Mordecofe

December 2014

Apricot, peach nectar, raw honey, butterscotch, and lime are the tasting notes we arrived at from our first roast of this certified organic heirloom varietal from what is likely the most picturesque farm in the world. This is the second time we have been able to showcase this coffee and this year marks the fourth year in a row we have been lucky enough to make the long journey to the farm deep in the heart of Southern Ethiopia’s Oromia region. The farm lies about 200km from the Kenya border and is a solid two-day drive from the capital Addis Ababa. Remote doesn’t even begin to describe how far this farm is from what most of us would consider mainstream.

Farm owner Haile Gabre is something of a legend in the specialty coffee world and is widely regarded as the father of the modern coffee co-operative movement in Ethiopia. His past is fascinating. Having spent five years studying in the USSR during the late seventies and early eighties, Haile returned to Ethiopia to become the managing director of Ethiopia’s biggest coffee co-operative, the Oromia Coffee Farmer’s Cooperative Union.

After many years developing the Ethiopian industry alongside his colleagues, Haile left his post to return to the land of his grandfather to farm coffee himself on the 640 hectares of land which comprise Moredecofe. Haile has seen it all and spending time with him is to spend time with the living history of Ethiopia coffee! Haile is devoted to sustainability in coffee farming. The farm is not only certified organic, but is also Rainforest Alliance certified. The coffee is grown amongst jungle trees with an abundance of wildlife such as deer, native birds and even leopards. Wild stuff indeed!

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Our Guest Taster:

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Owner - Torakina Café

Matt and Brenda have been working together in the hospitality industry for over 15 years. They have owned several cafes in northern New South Wales, and their most recent is Torakina Café. Brenda takes care of the kitchen, and Matt the coffee and front of house. You would be lucky to come past and not see one of them there, ensuring everything is of the highest standard.

Since opening earlier in the year, Torakina has been going from strength to strength as locals discover ‘the new place in town’. Brunswick Heads is a popular tourist destination just north of Byron Bay, and being the only Campos account in the area has ensured a steady stream of Campos devotees from Sydney and Brisbane. Open every day from 6:30am, located across from the picturesque Tyagara beach, you would be hard pressed to find a better spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch in the area.

The Coffee

Country Of Origin Ethiopia
Farmer Haile Gabre
Region Guji Zone, Oromia
Elevation 1700 - 1900m
Varietal Heirloom
Processing Washed
Certifications Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Dry Aroma Sweet Almond & Raisins
Wet Aroma Citris & Red Berries

The Cup

Acidity Crisp, Refreshing
Body Medium
Flavours Peach, Lime, Floral, Butterscotch & Honey
Mouthfeel Very Clean