States Coffee & Mercantile

Ethiopia Guji

Location: Martinez, California

Origin: Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $12.00/8 ounces

Review Date: March 2019

Agtron: 54/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Richly sweet, spice-toned. Star jasmine, mango chutney, sandalwood, cacao nib, pink peppercorn in aroma and cup. Sweet-savory structure with crisp acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. A richly drying finish leads with notes of jasmine and mango, supported by hints of incense-like sandalwood.


Produced from largely indigenous varieties of Arabica long grown in Guji, about 40 kilometers southeast of the celebrated Yirgacheffe region. When processed like this one by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying), they typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Founded by roaster Keith Gehrke in 2015, States Coffee is a single-location community-focused coffee shop in downtown Martinez, California, featuring coffee roasted in-house and artisan-made goods. Visit www.statescoffee.com for more information.

The Bottom Line: An aromatically saturated, flavor-deep cup that hits all of the classic Ethiopia notes: fruit, florals, cocoa and aromatic wood.

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