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Tigesit Waqa Natural

Blueberry, Honey, Hazelnut

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2021 Good Food Award Winner

This classic Yirgacheffe natural greets you with blueberry, strawberry, and honey aromas. When sipped, the mellow body carries notes of honeydew and blueberry, with wild strawberry acidity. The finish delights with hints of sage, hazelnut, and fruity cocoa nib.


Producer: Tigesit Waqa
Farm: Tigesit Waqa's farm
Region: Idido Village, Yirgacheffe
Altitude: 6,700 feet | 2,042 masl
Varietal: Heirloom (Kurume, Wolisho, 1377/Anigafa)
Process: Natural
Roast: Light
Notes: Blueberry, Honey, Hazelnut

The Story

This is a rarity among Ethiopian coffees: a single-farmer lot from a woman-owned farm. Our green coffee buyer, Jacob White, selected this lot during a sourcing trip to Tigesit Waqa's farm last January with Sammy Demisse of Keffa Coffee.

Tigesit has been in coffee for 22 years and owns her own eight-hectare farm outside of Idido Village, where she grew up. She and her husband, Abraham Azeze, have seven children. Her vision is to maximize coffee production and quality, allowing her family to be more financially secure and provide an education for her children.

Jacob had this to say about his visit to Tigesit's farm:

"Tigesit’s work ethic was on display while hosting her guests, as she performed a coffee ceremony, prepped a meal, turned drying coffee cherry on the raised beds, and still had time for photos and dancing. Unsurprisingly, Tigesit’s coffees are some of the best single farmer lots I cupped in Ethiopia."

Click to read more about Jacob's Ethiopia sourcing trip.

About the Good Food Awards

"The Good Food Foundation exists to celebrate, connect, empower and leverage the passionate and engaged, yet often overlooked, players in the food system who are driving towards tasty, authentic and responsible food in order to humanize and reform our American food culture. Through five key programs—the Good Food Awards, Guild, Merchants Alliance, Mercantile and Fund—we build widespread support for the growers, ranchers, makers and merchants stubbornly swimming upstream to create and share the kind of food we all want to eat: tasty, authentic and responsible. Join us as we transform the American food system."

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