Ethiopia Faysel Abdosh "Premium Separation" Dry ProcessMy Friend's Coffee
Cherry, Vanilla, White Grape, Blood Orange, Rose
Faysel Abdosh is a big name in the coffee world. His crops don’t just hail from Sidama, they come from Keramo, the region’s most celebrated microzone, and everything he does is a cut above. Well, this coffee represents the best Faysel has to offer. It's a Premium Separation Dry Processed lot, and it's one of the more flavorful cups you're likely to encounter this year.
There’s a good amount to unpack with this coffee, but let’s start with the designation: Premium Separation. It means this is a Grand Cru coffee, composed only of the very best cherries. That’s a rare thing in the world of Ethiopian naturals (rare outside of it, too, come to think of it). The curation is evident in every aspect of the brew. The beans are uniform. The fragrance is bombastic. The taste is electric. Even the sound the coffee makes as it gives to the pressure of a spinning burr is symphonic (this is a comparative statement; it's not musical as compared to actual music, only when juxtaposed against the sounds of other objects being pulverized).
This is a one-two punch coffee—the one” being cherry and the “two” being vanilla. That vibe is present in everything from the dry fragrance to the slurry perfume, and it lands with seismic force in the cup. But it’s not a cloying brew. Instead, it’s immaculately balanced between sweetness and acidity. The cup has the snappy, tart feel you get biting into a white grape. There’s also some lively blood orange that rises on the cool, and crucially, there’s no funk in this one. It’s built on clear fruity sweetness paired with bright crystalline acid. It's loaded with flavor, and it's delightfully complex, which is exactly what you would expect from a Premium Separation like this.
- Region - Karamo, Sidamo
- Producer - Faysel Abdosh
- Process - Dry (Natural)
- Altitude - 1,900-2,300 MASL
- Varietal - Heirloom Varietals
- Pour Over
- French Press
- Drip Machine