We have been buying Kayon Mountain coffee from Esmael for many years… and have some great green coffee lots available now
Once again as we cup through our entire lineup of Ethiopian arrivals, the coffee from Kayon Mountain are some of our best. Regardless of whether wet or Dry process coffee is a method for taking the fruit from the tree to an exportable green bean. The whole intact coffee cherry is dried in the sun... ...more, their coffees always seem to tick off so many boxes for what we consider quintessential Guji flavors, like rue herb, refined fruits, and florals.
The Kayon Mountain group are really a family business, with Esmael Hassan managing a lot of the day to day operations. (In fact we also buy from his brother Kedir for many years too!) Most of his sites are in Shakisso, Guji zone, and very close to their farms. Esmael grew up in this area, and his ties to local community have helped him establish Kayon as buyer.
Looking back at our notes , our buying history with Kayon goes back to when they first exported coffee, in 2016. At that time in Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia, or a coffee cultivar: Ethiopia, or more specifically the Empire under Haile Selassie, was known as Abyssinia. The name is Latin, derived from... ...more, only cooperatives and large farms could obtain export licenses, and Kayon Mountain’s 200 hectare farm that had just come into production allowed them to export their own coffee under the “Kayon Mountain” name.
Since then, Kayon Mountain has grown to include a hand full of farms and wet mills, which we’ve offered under names such as “Goro Bedessa”, “Kayon Mountain”, “Genet”, “Taaroo”, and others. They process their own coffee, as well as buy Either a flavor in the coffee, or referring to the fruit of the coffee tree, which somewhat resembles a red cherry.: Either a flavor in the coffee, or... ...more from the farmers in the villages where they operate. We’ve visited many of these farm and sites, always impressed by their post-harvest The removal of the cherry and parchment from the coffee seed.: Coffee is either wet-processed (also called washed or wet-milled) or dry-processed (also called wild, natural or natural... ...more, some of which is documented some of those visits in the photos below.
Check out our current Kayon Mountain coffees:
- Ethiopia Guji Goro Bedessa: Perfect for pour-over brewing, a light-and-bright coffee, with perfumed top notes that shine through in the cup. Simply syrup, A very positive and intensely floral quality in coffee, usually with a strong aromatic component, reminiscent of jasmine flower or tea. There are many forms of jasmine; the... ...more pearl tea, dried rose, pink fruit gum, and hint of rue wrapped into a sweet Similar to aftertaste, but it refers to the impression as the coffee leaves the palate. Aftertaste is the sensations gathered after the coffee has left the mouth. We... ...more. City to City+ roast is an ideal roast level that occurs roughly between 425 and 435 degrees Fahrenheit in many coffee roasters with a responsive bean probe where First Crack... ...more.
- Ethiopia Kayon Guji Genet: Guji Genet delivers compact Sweetness is an important positive quality in fine coffees, and is one of five basic tastes: Sour, Sweet, Salty, Bitter, Savory (Umami). In coffee, sweetness is a highly... ...more and clean, sweet finish, The co-presence of many aroma and flavor attributes, with multiple layers. A general impression of a coffee, similar to judgments such as "balanced" or "structured" ...more raw sugars contrast delicate grace notes, fragrant florals, syrupy How a coffee feels in the mouth or its apparent texture, a tactile sensation : A major component in the flavor profile of a coffee, it is a... ...more, with hints of white grape and pear that feed into an elegant Acidity is a positive flavor attribute in coffee, also referred to as brightness or liveliness. It adds a brilliance to the cup, whereas low acid coffees can seem... ...more. City to City+.
- Ethiopia Dry Process Guji Buku: Guji Buku extracts delicious fruit-forward flavors that are plump and juicy, with notes of red raspberry, mixed berry juice, Blueberry flavors in coffee take different forms. Dried blueberry was something we first encountered in natural Harar coffee from Ethiopia. It seemed to be most potent in fresh... ...more pastry filiing, and an aromatic rue note that pushes cup complexity to the top of our list. City to Full City.