The Coffee Quest has been sourcing high quality Ethiopian lots since 2014. Being quality enthusiasts we cannot deny the attraction of this country – the motherland of arabica coffee! Despite the numerous challenges, Ethiopia always produces quality and can therefore be considered as the “gold standard” of specialty coffee.
The main obstacle for sourcing Ethiopia’s finest output is the cultural barrier. We are lucky to have Emily and Michael from Catalyst Coffee as our sourcing partners, being them friends that we have met through the Cameroon Boyo project. They are much experienced in navigating cultural barriers and have supported us on mitigating risks and improving involvement at the washing station level. Michael is a Q grader and takes care of quality control, being Emily in charge of project coordination.Through this collaboration we are able to maintain a short supply chain between roasters and Ethiopian washing stations.
From this cooperation between The Coffee Quest and Catalyst, you benefit of in-origin quality control by a ‘third-party’, increased communication with origin and standardization of processes at the washing station level. The combination of these factors result in Catalyst’s ability to produce prize-winning lots. Prizes have been awarded to Theory Collaborative, California based coffee roastery, who won the 2018 Golden Bean Award on the category espresso with a lot produced at Keramo village and to Still Vibrato, Oregon based coffee roastery, who won the 2019 Good Food Award for coffee with a washed lot produced at Shantawene village.
Earlier, in February ‘19, we flew to Addis to cup the new harvest samples from washing stations working with Catalyst and we have selected a number of interesting lots from Sidama and Keffa for our Seasonal assortment. We brought a variety of samples of single-village Organic Certified lots processed at Bombe washing station, comprising natural, washed and honey processed coffees – yes, you are reading it correctly: Organic Certified honeys from Ethiopia! Further, we have single-farm coffees from Assefa Dukamo’s farm – being this man the idealizer of most of the washing stations we are working with this year. And, to be fair to all our clients’ preferences, we have selected accessible priced Organic Certified lots processed at Bombe washing station (natural and washed) that have a multi-village origin, curated by Catalyst to achieve consistent flavor profile. And these descriptions are only a teaser: you can find the complete compilation of available lots in our offer list.
In 2017 and 2018 we worked with Semalo Pride and Reko washing stations, both located in Yirgacheffe. We are sad to inform you that due to the Ethiopian internal conflict, which resulted on the vandalization of the previously mentioned washing stations, our partnership with Yirgacheffe has been compromised. We are pursuing to work with the new management of Semalo Pride, as we are keen on keeping supporting the local community and would love to continue to enjoy their exquisite green coffee output. This year, due to the vandalization, Semalo Pride will only produce natural processed coffee, so stay tuned for further developments!
Our quest for the best Ethiopian coffees was a success, and we are looking forward to presenting the results to our clients via My Quest requests. And be quick: the window tends to close fast on these exclusive lots! For more specific information on the lots, do not hesitate on checking out the product profile links on our offer list.