Passenger - Archival Release #35 - 06/16/23

Passenger - Archival Release #35 - 06/16/23

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    Release #35: Benti Nenka Wet Processed

    The Guduba wet mill is a washing station located near the village of Benti Nenka within the woreda (a “woreda” is a regional district) of Hambela Wamena, Guji. Over the 2019/2020 harvest, approximately 589 smallholder coffee farmers delivered their coffee cherry to the Guduba wet mill which is owned by Eyasu Worasa, a native of the region who brings over a decade of experience to his management of the washing station.
    Thanks to well executed processing at high altitude, this selection offers an incredibly clean taste of the beautiful coffee varieties of the region: a mix of Ethiopian Landraces (a blend of indigenous Ethiopian coffee varieties) and selected varieties brought to the region from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center.
    In 2020, we intentionally preserved a small amount of this green (raw) coffee in deep freeze storage so that we could present and celebrate it again today - around 3 years from its original harvest date. As with other stunning coffees from Guji that we've had the pleasure of tasting in the past, this offering from Beni Nenka is remarkably complex, offering a harmonious bouquet of floral and fruit-driven flavors. Intense aromatics of honeysuckle, rose, ripe nectarine, and browning sugars introduce a memorable cup with sumptuous flavors of bergamot, peach, and a candy-like watermelon note as the coffee cools.

    Freezer Fridays

    The Freezer Friday archival release series provides a unique new opportunity to explore Passenger’s treasure trove of notable harvests from the past. As those familiar with our approach to green coffee preservation will already know, we have actively stored our green coffee in an off-site deep freeze facility since our start as a company, keeping the coffees that we purchase in pristine condition following arrival.

    While the majority of Reserve Lot coffees that we buy sell out within months of their first appearance on our menu, we have, since our start in 2014, saved small volumes of many of our most extraordinary coffees for future enjoyment. 

    Inspecting the harvest at Gesha Village Estates

    Selecting gems from the past at Passenger’s off-site freezer archive

    This year we will begin to make a few of these “greatest hits” available for purchase in extremely limited quantities. Each release will be announced through Social Media and limited to 1 per order.

    The archival lots that we will be releasing in this way are not only shining examples of plant genetics, terroir, and skilled processing, they also offer a unique nostalgic opportunity: to revisit our previous experiences with these coffees and acknowledge once again some of the true high-water marks of producers whose coffees we have been privileged to taste over the years.

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