The 1950 is made up of two seasonally rotating components, selected to highlight the excellence of Ethiopian coffee. Profiled to accent its dense, candy-like sweetness and complex spice profile, the 1950 blend performs in both filter and espresso methods, with or without the accompaniment of milk.
Various Smallholder Producers
2000 - 2200 Meters
December - March
Allspice, Earl Grey, Candied
The 1950 is our salute to the birthplace of coffee. Ethiopia is an incredibly diverse country in linguistic, cultural, and ecological terms – there is no single, monolithic flavor profile associated with its coffee. Our flagship Ethiopian blend celebrates the contributions of thousands of smallholder producers, often growing coffee on less than a hectare of land, and the unique complexity that results from their efforts. The 1950 blend’s components rotate seasonally to capture peak quality, and it currently comprises coffee from the Ambela and Gora Kone washing stations.
Ambela washing station is situated in the Binitu Ambela district in Ethiopia’s Guji zone. There, batches of coffee are washed with river water before fermenting for 36-48 hours and drying on raised beds. During coffee’s off-season, Ambela’s 6,000 contributing smallholders plant other crops, including maize and enset. Careful processing and legendary terroir merge to produce an extraordinarily clean cup, with hallmark notes of stone fruit and jasmine.
Gora Kone is located near the Nensebo river in the Arsi region, a short distance from Farmlevel favorite, Worka Sakaro. The washing station supports close to 800 smallholders, whose coffee farms average about 3 hectares each. The coffee is fermented fully submerged in fresh water from the Gerenbicho river before drying on raised beds set into the sloping hillside overlooking the mill. Gora Kone contributes structure and aromatic spice to the 1950.
We believe the coffee experience is our responsibility from seed to cup. Coffee is our craft, our ritual, our passion. It drives us and inspires us. With this simple truth and responsibility we are bridging the gap from farmlevel to streetlevel.