We have a yearly tradition to vote between all employees, the best coffees of the year. And there are two categories: Espresso & Filter.
BEST ESPRESSO COFFEE:
5) Uganda BULAMBULI & Guatemala FINCA CANALAJ DE MEDINA
4) Peru FINCA LA PERLA
3) Guatemala RED DE MUJERES
2) Colombia/Honduras BOMBE DE FRUTA Natural
1) Ethiopia YOSEF YOHANNIS Natural
Our X-mas coffee has been voted as the best espresso of the year. The top 2 were by far the most popular coffees. The Bomba was a bit of a surprise although we need to mention there were two versions of it last year...
BEST FILTER COFFEE:
5) Ethiopia ALMAZ SAHILLE Natural
4) Honduras FINCA LA PEDRO Anaerobic Natural
3) Kenya GIAKANJA AA
2) Ethiopia BIFTA GUDINA
1) Kenya ICHUGA AB
And again the X-mas coffee won the voting. Yes it probably helped as being fresh in our memory, although in previous years the X-mas coffees were never that popular.
Here as well, number 1 and 2 coffees were way ahead of all the other.
A couple more things to notice, and a trend since a couple of years:
- For espresso the Natural Processed coffees are more popular, while washed ones are still gaining the most votes on filter.
- Female farmers are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason.
Less of a trend were the disappointing washed Ethiopians last year. Besides of the Biftu Gudina there was a big no-show, although myself i did like some of them, like the current Raro, on espresso. These things happen as coffee is a natural product with its ups and downs, which makes it more interesting after all I guess.
I saved the best news for last: we still have a lot of prize winning beans left over, with the Yosef Yohannis as this weeks' espresso offering and the Ichuga as the upcoming Kenya Ken filter - probably during the whole month of February.