West Arsi and West Hararge, Ethiopia
$18.50 | 12 oz box
For more than two years, Counter Culture has been researching the history and origins of the coffees from Ethiopia—all in an effort to better understand the potential of “the birthplace of coffee.” This exploration helped us discover the two unique offerings that make up this blend. Both coffees exhibit flavor profiles that are rare for us and, when combined, highlight the variety and dimension of this often-misunderstood origin. Look for notes of berries and citrus complemented by a juicy mouthfeel.
Sometimes when you focus intently on a single subject or idea, the scope of that idea can actually expand beyond what you initially anticipated. More than two years ago, a few of our staff started researching the types of coffee trees grown in Ethiopia in an effort to understand the potential of the coffee and its flavors. What was going to be a few weeks of work ended up spanning more than two years—and resulted in so much information that we published a book and series of posters on the subject.
In the process of doing this research, our staff learned about more than just Ethiopian coffee varieties. The singular focus of learning about varieties led us to discover all sorts of information about the history and production of coffee in the country known as the “birthplace of coffee.”
The research led us to two Ethiopian coffees that make up this spectacular blend: Micheta and Rafisa. Micheta which comes from West Hararge, which represents a region we haven’t worked with in more than a decade, while Rafisa comes from West Arsi, a region that is completely new to us from a sourcing perspective. In addition to discovering these two coffees, we also learned more about some of our favorite coffees like Idido from the region of Yirgacheffe and Dambi Udo, which comes from the region of Guji.
Galaxy pays homage to concept of one idea expanding to a whole universe of different points, and the subsequent discovery of something new.
Fun fact: The candy Starburst got its name from starburst galaxies, and, if you look at the tasting notes for this coffee, this blend reminds us of the juicy candy.