Tabe Burka is a new relationship coffee for us. Located on the border of Shakisso where our Dambi Uddo is located, this coffee really hit our nerves when we cupped it. Uraga is a famous orchard coffee, produced in an area where coffee culture is ancient. The fertile lands of the Ethiopian highlands here support a polyculture agricultural system which allows farmers to combine food crops and coffee on their same plots.
Flavours of strawberry, honey, purple grape and chocolate-caramel are supported by notes of winter spices.
Tabe Burka coffee is collected by small holders picking in close proximity around the washing station. Tadesse Edema, who manages Barkume Coffee Export, is based in Addis Ababa, and his brother, Dembelash Edema, takes care of the collection station on site at Tabe Burka. This coffee washing and drying station is located near the town of Suke Waraqata, in the Guji appellation.
False banana trees (“enset”) are an important piece in the agrarian systems. This tree whose root, pounded, is the basis of the diet of this region, has important nutritional qualities. The enset also has the distinction of retaining water in its trunk for many months. Its presence in the middle of coffee trees provides constant humidity to the entire plot and promotes the resistance of trees to drier periods.
The Uraga district borders on those of Odo Shakisso and Hambela, all three very famous for the quality of their Guji appellation coffees. Coffee growing in Uraga is probably even older than in these two other districts. Indeed we find here a particular variety of coffee, which gives yellow fruits and which the peasants continue to call Wallagga, the sign certainly of the long journey of these coffee trees!
Tabe Burka is certified organic.