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Kurimi takes its name — and its inspiration — from an Amharic reference to excellence. This year's Kurimi delivers the mesmerizing floral aromatics that are its trademark and flavors of honeydew melon, passionfruit and lemon curd.
  • SKU Kurimi Organic Ethiopia
  • Country Ethiopia
  • Region within Country Chelbesa, Gedeo Zone
  • Elevation 1750 - 2150 m.a.s.l.
  • Farmer / Producer Name Metad + local smallholders
  • Buyer Geoff Watts
  • Cultivar Ethiopian heirlooms
  • Harvest Time December 2017 - January 2018
  • In Season Yes
  • Direct Trade Yes
  • Single Origin Yes
  • USDA organic Yes
Direct Trade 1
Single Origin 1
In Season 1
USDA organic 1
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Kurimi Organic Ethiopia

In any masterpiece, the pieces all fit together in a way that seems supernatural and inspires awe. The coffees of Southern Ethiopia are a masterpiece, perpetually regenerated through the tireless artistry of its land and the growers who work it. The region’s coffees are in some way a testament to nature’s grace, pushing the boundaries of flavor and aromatic complexity while remaining impossibly sweet and delicate. At their best, coffees from here are nearly untouchable in the world of specialty coffees.

The name Yirgacheffe has a distinct history that gives it a unique place among Ethiopia’s coffees. The very first washing station in the country was built there in the 1970s. The quality results were so promising that within the next decade these processing facilities were replicated throughout the region, becoming the new standard for most of Southern Ethiopia and replacing the ancient sun-dried approach that is still widely vigorously in other parts of the country. Ethiopian cuppers have long considered this area to be special, and the trade has tended to agree: Yirgacheffe coffees regularly command some of the highest premiums of all the Ethiopian coffee zones and are among the most revered coffees the country produces, cherished by those who have fallen madly in love with the perfume-like jasmine and lemongrass traits that are hallmarks of coffees from the South.

The coffees that had for many decades been lumped together as “Yirgacheffe” types actually come from a number of distinct municipalities in the Gedeo zone, in close proximity to the town of Yirgacheffe. In recent years, local woreda (‘district’) names like Kochere and Gedeb have earned their own distinctions and now market themselves individually, but all draw in their artistry from the same gorgeous palette.

Kurimi is our ode to the beauty and unparalleled complexity of the Gedeo archetype. Few other coffees can offer the combination spellbinding complexity and delicate, nuanced grace that are hallmarks of these coffees. The drama begins the fragrance — these are among the most intoxicatingly aromatic coffees on the planet — but what makes them so undeniably pleasurable is their irrepressible sweetness and profound depth of flavor. Delicate fruit acids and fresh floral traits present themselves clearly and in abundance, without ever coming across as aggressive. When brewed properly they are at once both eloquent and exciting, coffee’s answer to the finest champagne.

KURIMI: Best of the Best

The name Kurimi comes from a conversation I had over a decade ago with some farmers in Yirgacheffe during a visit to a washing station. We were gathered around a drying table full of freshly washed coffee and started picking through the individual seeds to isolate different varieties. We separated at least seven very distinct types. I asked them what I thought might be a controversial question: which is the best? Surprisingly there was an overwhelming consensus. After a moment of reflection nearly all of them pointed to the same one and offered the same assessment: “kureme, kureme, kureme,” Amharic for “best of the best.”

The best seed from the most heralded region of the country recognized by most coffee fanatics as having the most exciting coffee on the planet. What better choice to carry the banner for our Kurimi project with METAD and to display in full 4k resolution the uniquely expressive flavors that have made this area famous.

Espresso

Espresso

All home and commercial espresso machines.

Turkish Grind

Turkish Grind

If you need a little bit coarser grind for your espresso machine or utilize this favorite preparation in eastern Europe.

Stovetop Espresso

Stovetop Espresso

Moka pots and stovetop espresso kettles need a very fine grind.

Cone Filter - Paper

Cone Filter - Paper

Most automatic and electric brewers utilize this grind setting.

Cone Filter - Gold

Cone Filter - Gold

Automatic brewers with reusable mesh filters, or a Kone manual brewing insert.

Universal

Universal

If you're buying for a friend, or are just not sure - this is a good grind for most drip brewers.

Technivorm

Technivorm

We found this excellent automatic brewer needed a bit coarser grind than other cone filter brewers.

Vacuum Brewer

Vacuum Brewer

For those with an electric or flame-heated vacuum brewer.

Flat Bottom - Paper

Flat Bottom - Paper

Any basket-style brewer, including automatic and Kalita wave manual brewing.

Flat Bottom - Gold

Flat Bottom - Gold

For automatic brewers with basket-style reusable filters.

French Press

Hario Dripper

Manual pourover cone brewing is a simple, no frills way of brewing.

Grind Type

French Press

A classic of immersion brewing. Select this grind for perfect classical preparation.

Chemex

Chemex

The iconic Chemex, this grind provides a perfectly paired offering for the special filters made for this brewer.

Percolator

Percolator

Our coarsest grind, this also provides a good pre-ground solution for cold brew at home.

Whole Bean

Whole Bean

For those with a grinder at home, we love freshly ground coffee! We prefer burr grinders for a more even brew.