Hailing from the Gutiti micro-region, this Ethiopian heirloom is hand-selected by native Samuel Demisse. Taught the trade of farming by his father, Demisse is committed to sustainable, distinct tastes.
Gutiti is grown in the South Nation region of Yirgacheffe at elevations ranging from 1950-2100 meters. The coffee is carefully de-pulped and washed before it is dried and milled at the Werka Bauka facility. This lot shows as a stunning example of a washed Yirgacheffe: the best of what aficionados look for in Ethiopian coffee.
This is a rare and special coffee: we don’t expect to encounter a better Ethiopian coffee this season.
Welcome to my Table, here in the corner of this cafe. Today we’re sipping a cup of Ethiopia Gutiti, from Pig Iron Coffee Roasters in Toronto, Ontario. Feel free to pull up a chair.
origin: Gutiti, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
farm: Werka Bauka Mill
producer: smallholder farmers
elevation: 1950 – 2100 meters above sea level
cultivars: Ethiopia Heirloom
process: fully washed, raised bed dried
The aroma of the Ethiopia Gutiti is really nice; a complex and delicate arrangement of flowers, stone fruit, citrus, and melon.
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful, these first few sips of the cup immediately post-brew. This a lovely and wonderful silky coffee; one that is characterized by delicate and perfumed floral aromatics—rose hips, orange blossom, and honeysuckle. It even has a milk chocolate flavor, which give it a little bit more body, helping it be more well-rounded and balanced.
As the cup cools off, the coffee becomes incredibly juicy though it remains pretty delicate and somewhat light on the tongue. Somewhat sweet and pretty tart, with sharp flavors of lychee, strawberry, cantaloupe, zesty lemon, nectarine, and mandarine.
Medium body; silky mouthfeel; citrus acidity; clean finish.
THE BOTTOM LINE:
I recently had this coffee from another roaster, and it never ceases to amaze me how wildly different the same coffee can be from roaster to roaster. The last time I had the Gutiti, it was bright, sweet, floral, and effervescent; Pig Iron Coffee’s Ethiopia Gutiti is tangy, savory, floral, and silky.
This coffee is a real treat, and a lovely way to finish off my tour of Toronto.
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