First Brew - Blue Bottle Coffee Winter Blooms Single Origin

  • Coffee Name: Winter Blooms Single Origin
  • Region: Gedeb
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Producer: METAD
  • Processing: Natural
  • Cultivar: Heirloom
  • Elevation: 1,900 - 2,200 meters
  • Roaster: Blue Bottle Coffee
  • Brew Method: Chemex With Chemex with Able Cone
  • Roast Date: December 3, 2020
  • Brew Date: December 12, 2020

About This Coffee

The pinnacle of an Ethiopia natural coffee, our Winter Blooms Single Origin is as uplifting as new buds on a bare branch. With such delicacy and florality, we shouldn’t be surprised by its source: the coffee company METAD led by producers (and brothers) Michael, Aman, and Tariku Adinew. Not only are they behind some of Ethiopia’s finest coffees, but they’re leading a new generation of growers who put the well-being of farming communities and the land first. For this single origin, smallholder farmers in the Gedeb Zone contributed ripe cherry from indigenous arabica trees. At the Adinews’ Chelbesa Washing Station, whole fruit were spread upon racks and sun-dried, after which the seeds (aka coffee beans) were removed. The result is this memorable coffee—intensely fruity and sweet, supremely balanced by a citrus-like acidity and a pleasant bitterness like brisk black tea.

The coffee mug is a Hasami Natural Mug, gritty-textured porcelain mug created by Hasami Porcelain. Hasami Porcelain was founded by Los Angeles–based designer Takuhiro Shinomoto.

Submitted for the 100DaysToOffload project.

Best Photo of the Week

South Branch section of the Raritan River, South Branch, Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, New Jersey

While on my way to photograph the South Branch School House yesterday, I noticed the ice floating on this section of River Road along the Raritan River in Hillsborough. I could see the river through the trees, which only caught my eye because the trees had no leaves. Even though I have driven along this section of the river in the past, I don't recall noticing before, perhaps because the trees were full of leaves. I made a mental note that, after photographing the schoolhouse, I would stop somewhere nearby and walk along the river.

I parked in the parking lot of the South Branch Bible Fellowship building on Orchard Road and walked back toward the river, making sure to cross River Road carefully. I walked along the south-west trail, noticing a large number of fallen trees. I walked closer to the edge of the river, which I noticed had a steep drop from what is perhaps erosion from water from when the Raritan River was flooded. I saw that many of the trees were hanging from the edges of the riverbank, barely staying upright.

This image is from the set I used for Frank Jansen's weekly photo challenge.

Best Photo of the Week is personal photography project where I post the best image captured that week. The image will be posted at the end of the week. That will be a Sunday. I can take one or 100 photos for the week but I will post only one, the best one.

I shot from a tripod and bracketed my shots. The Classic Chome Fujifilm Film Simulation preset was applied to each image and the images combined in Photomatix Pro. The Natural filter was applied in Photomatix Pro and the resulting image was imported back into Adobe Lightroom for further adjustment.