Keramo

Turning heads around the world together with Catalyst Trade, this coffee has both exceptional quality and the sustainability of direct partnership.

Washed: Floral aromas like jasmin and passion fruit. Juicy sweetness like peach. Silky body like caramel and earl grey tea.

Natural: Bright aromas like lavender and passion fruit. Round, crisp sweetness like strawberry and lime. Boozy body like rum and earl grey tea.

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Keramo

In the beginning of 2017, the Ethiopian coffee market was finally released from the restraints by the central exchange. Through our partners at The Coffee Quest, we found a way to collaborate with a Catalyst Trade, who are specialized in sourcing the best Ethiopian coffees. With their approach to working with Keramo village and the Bombe washing station, they have inspired professionals all around the world.

For this first season, we chose to work with both the washed and the natural coffee from this cooperative. For next season, we hope to be able to offer isolated screen sizes of each processing method to explore the full range of potential in this coffee.

The story

In 2017, we started working together with Catalyst Trade through the Coffee Quest. Emily and Michael McIntyre are the duo behind this Ethiopia-specialized exporting company. For the past years, they have been restlessly working on finding cooperatives to work with and ways to improve them sustainably. Their vision, focus and joy is unparalleled.

Emily and Michael had already been working with Shantawene washing station for some time. There, they collected coffee from many different neighbouring villages, as is usually done in Ethiopia. Since some of those villages, like Keramo, are really high up in the mountains, they do not have their own washing station.

In 2018, they had the first opportunity to separate Keramo’s coffee from the rest, having it processed at Bombe washing station, named after the Bombe mountains. They immediately experimented with isolating screen sizes, which did not only give huge insights in the incredible potential of this coffee, but it also gave the coffee more focus. This is what earned Sam LaRobardiere of Theory Collaborative the Golden Bean Award at the 2018 competition, using a screen-15-isolated natural Keramo.

Key achievements

2018
February: received organic certification
September: natural used by Theory Collaborative to win the NA Golden Bean Award

2019
August: first shipment reached the Netherlands

Brewing recipe | Filter

Brewing method: V60
Coffee dose: 18 grams
Water dose: 300 grams
Water temperature: 95 degrees Celsius
Brew time: 3:10

Brewing recipe | espresso

Brew ratio: 2.2
Brew time: 27 seconds
Water temperature: 92.5 degrees Celsius
Pressure: 8.9 bars

Recommended to be served in a frozen cup or glass

Thank you

We are very proud to be working with such a progressive and conscious cooperative and Michael and Emily of Catalyst Trade. We believe this is the way to the best quality, and by buying this coffee you support our mindset and vision. We hope that this coffee becomes a big success, so that we may partner up with these people year after year.

Additional information
Weight N/A
Microlot

Washed, Natural

Region

Bensa, Sidama, Ethiopia

Altitude

2,400 m.a.s.l.

Variety

74/158, 74/110 and Setami

Processing

Natural, dried on raised beds
Washed: 72hr fermentation

Flavour

Natural: Bright aromas like lavender and passion fruit. Round, crisp sweetness like strawberry and lime. Boozy body like rum and earl grey tea.

Washed: Floral aromas like jasmin and passion fruit. Juicy sweetness like peach. Silky body like caramel and earl grey tea.

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