Description: When Negusse Debela's company SNAP was looking for an area to produce great coffee, the area of Uraga in southern Ethiopia was without question going to be a focus. The high consistent elevations of Uraga, usually between 2,000 and 2,300 m.a.s.l., mean an almost unparalleled potential for quality in the country. When Negusse was given the opportunity to invest and manage a beautiful washing station located in the Raro Boda kebele (community) at the peaks of Uraga (at around 2,300 meters) it was a dream come true.
Negusse Debela has not been in the coffee industry long. Nugusse is known in Ethiopia as a computer guy, running a large successful computer part import company. While coffee does not seem like a natural leap, Nugussie was inspired on trip to Minnesota where at a cafe he had a pour-over that changed his whole mindset. At that moment he realized the potential of coffee in his home country and upon his return he got right to work. Nugusse started off by touring coffee processing sites throughout southern Ethiopia to understand the farming and processing better. From that initial tour, Nugusse was determined to set SNAP on a course to be one of the best quality exporters in Ethiopia. To do this, Nugusse started by hiring Abenezer Asafaw, an energetic young coffee professional, as his quality and coffee manager. Nugusse, with Abenezer by his side, has since bought land for SNAP to process coffee themselves, but have also started managing processing sites in Nensebo, Yirgacheffe, and Guji. In early 2019, SNAP finished the final touches on their own export dry mill, giving them full control of their product and quality.
Coffees from Uraga are infallible, always amongst our top scoring lots, and this selection from Raro Boda does not dissappoint. It’s dynamic and vibrant with notes of Lemon/Lime and Black Tea, the acidity of Fresh Grape, and the sweet linger of Honey. This is the type of washed coffee that turns non-specialty drinkers into coffee nerds.