Wednesday, September 17, 2008


sam beckett come home, or oren's ethiopia harrar ayinage

to follow on from yesterday, dear readers, recall that i brought home a fresh-roasted sample of oren's ethiopian west harrar. i was wrong yesterday, it turns out, when i identified ayinage as the co-op.

no way, girlfriend! rather, as with the famous label m.a.o. — which are the initials of the export house's head, mohammed abdullahi ogsadey, from the town of dire dawaayinage is the exporter.

that aside, o fortune, you ask me, how the heck was this certified organic coffee? i brewed this morning in the cafetière, known to you all as a french press.

and o sweet heaven, the ayinage is like a triple stack of blueberry chocolate-chip pancakes with extra dark chocolate syrup.

yeah maybe that's not on the scaa flavor wheel, but that's what you get in the cup. i wanted to bathe in it. . .all day. it's wine-y, it's got a sexy body, it's, it's, it's. . .so blue.

how blue is the juicy ripeness squishing in every sip of this jewel? it's not often you get to spruce up your coffee talk with some sam beckett:

VLADIMIR - Do you remember the Gospels?
ESTRAGON - I remember the maps of the Holy Land. Colored they were. Very pretty. The Dead Sea was pale blue. The very look of it made me thirsty.

i don't know when o is going to release this for general sale. but it had better be soon. and i want a pound a week please until every last bean of this has kissed his roaster goodbye.

i'm calling this one a must-drink. 2008 has just been a good year for blue coffees from ethiopia, it seems!

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