Beans: Muni Coffee, Bourbon, Typica, Natural, Uraga, Guji Ethiopia.
Shop: Muni Coffee, Webshop, Lindau, Germany.
Muni Coffee Company: Background information.
Muni means to ‘dream’ in Tagalog Jena’s native language. Jena and Julian are a married couple with a social business background, and they made it their dream to establish a coffee company that would stand for what they believed to be most important: Fairness, quality and social responsibility.
After their successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015 they launched their first coffee shop in London’s famous Borough in Chelsea. Very quickly locals and even Hollywood celebrities in the area made Muni their favourite community cafe. From the beginning on Muni pioneered Philippine coffee origins and supported the coffee farmers through the sale of their products. After a few years when their daughter was born they decided to move their business to Lindau – Julian’s old stomping ground. Hence their saying ‘born in London, home in Lindau’.
This Ethiopian coffee hails from Uraga in the Guji region which is world famous for it’s fruity and floral coffees. Instead of the more frequently found Heirloom, this consists out of a Typica and Bourbon mix.
The cherry at the Haro Wachu mill is sorted after delivery, and, to be processed as Natural, it is placed on raised beds to dry in the sun, from 8–10 days in good weather or 15–20 days in cloudy weather.
According to the washing station manager, most of the coffee delivered to the factory is Bourbon: While Typica and Bourbon are two varieties better-known in Central and South America, the same terms are used colloquially in Ethiopia to describe certaincoffee-berry-disease-resistant cultivars. The Ethiopian “Bourbon” and “Typica” varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world.
Opening the package.
Muni Coffee Company chose an artful white package with paterns and a beautiful abstract label on the front. The package comes with a degassing valve and a ziplock.
On the front of the package you will find a label that, in this case, depicts a abstract picture of a landscape. It seems to me that this is the landscape of the Uraga area in Ethiopia.
On the label you will find info on the country, region, varietal and process. Below the picture you will find three tasting notes that you will definitely find in the coffee. Unfortunately there is no roasting date on the package.
I do miss a little info on the company itself; it would be nice to find a few words on Muni Coffee Company since their background story is quite interesting!
Opening the package is a real treat and the journey of this coffee really starts from here. From the first moment you will get the sweet and fruity aroma’s coming out of the package. Blueberry mixed with raisin chocolate combined in a lovely sweetness. The beans taste crispy and have a salty/sweet note. After chewing a couple of times, there is a blueberry and tea leaves note to the bean that lingers for a long time. When grinding the coffee, there is also a note of jasmin and raspberry that pop up. I can’t wait to brew.
Muni Coffee – Ethiopia: The tasting.
I reviewed this coffee on the Hario V60, Aeropress and Cafflano Go-brew. The reason I didn’t use the Siphon is because I ran out of filters. In all honesty, this coffee tastes great on all brewers.
When you bloom and brew the coffee there will be a lovely aroma of lavender and dried flowers when your nose is close to the ground coffee. This is because it’s still hot and you won’t be able to make out a lot of different aroma’s. Just lean back a little and you will smell the bublicious blueberry aroma. After brewing you will find more aroma’s on the nose when the coffee rests in your glass. Blueberry, raspberry, jasmin and hint of chocolate are all in your cup. The floral notes will be stronger while the coffee is hot, the fruity notes will come forth a lot stronger when the coffee cools down.
When you take your first sip, let the coffee swirl in your mouth and slurp some oxygen inside. Straight from the start there will be a sugared tea, vanilla and jasmin mix of flavours in your mouth. If you focus on the acidity you will notice that it’s a little lamony citric. This will become more berry citric later on with a vibrant aspect to it.
As you swallow the coffee, pay attention to the aftertaste since it’s from this point on that you will notice the fruity flavours. Blueberry and raspberry are most prominent and after swallowing you will get a minty-freshness that is really beautiful. You will not actually find a mint flavour in your coffee but your mouth will feel as fresh as if you did eat a little mint. The aftertaste is more floral when the coffee cools down, but the fruity notes are also in there. This is exactly what a fruity natural Ethiopian coffee should taste like.
Muni Coffee Company – Ethiopia Haro Wachu: The verdict.
So here we are; a Ethiopia natural that costs 7.50 euro per 250gr. and roasted by Muni Coffee Company from Germany. So far it starts out as a regular coffee but that is, until you actually tasted it. The notes of Jasmin, Blueberry and Raspberry are all easily found in your cup and so clean. The hints of chocolate, lavender and dried flowers are a nice addition to it and give an extra layer of depth to the coffee. The most exciting ‘extra’ is the minty freshness of this coffee that really complete it for me.
This is a coffee that you can drink all day, everyday and will never bore you at all. What a great coffee Muni!
As a courtesy I added a link to their webshop so you can order this coffee if you feel like it. This is a non-paid link and I do not get any commission out of the sales.