About the Alaka Washing Station
Alaka Station is located in the Guji region near the village Benti Nenqa. The coffee cherries are delivered from small holder farms nearby, as is fairly common in Ethiopia . These are wild arabica varieties from the birthplace of coffee, grown organically around 2000 meters above sea level. This coffee is the outcome of a partnership between a group of smallholder farmers in the Southern Ethiopian village of Alaka and METAD, the company that Aman Adinew and his family formed to focus on quality and social impact, almost ten years ago.
The region has gained recognition throughout the world as a source of some of the most intriguing coffees in the entire country as a result of METAD’s focus on maximizing quality and investing in infrastructure for the communities. This natural lot from Alaka can be so profoundly rich and expressive while preserving the clarity of washed coffee, with the exciting jammy sweetness of a natural, because of very favorable growing conditions combined with meticulous care of harvest and processing detail.
Varietal: Ethiopia Heirloom Varietals
Sourced through Utopia Coffees
Coffee in: 21.5g
Coffee out: 45g
The Go Getter
Unique coffees with exciting and enticing processing methods, flavours and stories.
Looking for something different? This is for you. Bursting with character, unique flavours and processing methods, the Go Getter has something a bit different going on. Big flavours like punchy tropical booze, strong distinct fruits, green able and Irish cream stout. We pick these coffees to take you on a journey and tell a story.
Perfect for: Astronauts on a tropical beach at sunset with a boom box sipping coffee listening to early 90’s disco music where the outside of the nightclub is on the inside!
Best served as: Any brew method, but try it without milk to really get the most out of the experience.
Sounds like: Be My Lover – La Bouche
Do You Have A Strong Coffee?
Coffee can be as strong as you make it. Finding a coffee that sounds right for you starts with the tasting notes. If the tasting notes sound good, then you can make a strong tasting coffee with it. If you want flavours that are typically associated with “strong” coffee, like dark chocolate or toasty flavours, then keep an eye out for those tasting notes.
How Should I Store My Coffee?
You might have been told the fridge or freezer is the way to go, to ensure a long lasting fresh coffee. But that’s not really the case.
The best way to store your coffee is in a cool, dark place, right inside the Brightside coffee bag it came in. They’ve kept coffee fresh, and they do a pretty swell job of it.
What If I Don’t Like My Coffee?
Our lineup of unique coffees is ever changing, as coffee harvests arrive and make their way into Brightside drinkers coffee grinders. We make sure we have a few different options to cover a broad range of preferences, so we are pretty confident you will find something you like.
But we understand that not every coffee will be to your taste. If you ever get a coffee that isn’t quite right, or has missed the mark a bit for you, we will replace it for free. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be thrilled to help you.
Or if you think you can get a better experience out of the coffee with the right knowledge and tools, check out our brew guides, or email us at email@example.com and we can get you up to speed on coffee brewing.
What Is Specialty Coffee?
Coffee that scores 80+ out of 100 can be classified as specialty coffee, in line with the Specialty Coffee Association’s guidelines. Scoring is based on the coffee quality, taste, flavor clarity and defects. All of our coffees are specialty grade. Sustainably and ethically sourced coffee beans from our trusted sourcing partners. Read about our coffee sourcing bare minimums here.
How Long Does Brightside Coffee Stay Fresh?
Fresh is definitely best, which is why our coffee is roasted and shipped as soon as possible after we receive an order. Once it’s in your hands, ready to brew, you will see a date stamped on the bag.
Try to drink it all within 3 weeks of the roast date if you have ordered whole bean coffee, and 2 weeks if you ordered ground coffee. Coffee can stay fresh for 6 weeks if it is stored properly, and after that 6 week duration, coffee won’t go “bad” but it may lose some of its pop, and get a bit stale. The same goes for pre-ground coffee, however it may lose a bit of its intensity faster than freshly grinding coffee.
What’s on the label
What’s on the coffee bag label?
There’s a fair whack of info on the label, and we are pretty keen on sharing as much as we can with you about every coffee we sell. The information is good, but we have specific reasons for sharing it, that can help you understand coffee better and roast and brew better coffee at home.
The name of the coffee
Single origins are coffees that come from a specific geographic area. But there are different levels of specificity around coffee origins, from a country of origin, to a growing region, co-operative, farm, and even down to individual lots of coffee trees on a specific farm. We source coffees from specific farms when possible, or co-ops for origins that have fewer facilities on farms such as Ethiopians or other high grown African coffees.
When we label our coffees for the shelves, we get as specific as possible so you know exactly where the coffee is coming from.
As we label coffees by farmer, or farm, it’s not always clear where the coffee is grown. The Origin is the country the coffee originates from.
Coffee trees come in many shapes and sizes, with characteristics adapted to the local climate, growing conditions and sometimes selectively bred in labs. These are called Varietals, and they can paint a picture of the coffee before you even taste it!
Elevation is the altitude the coffee grew at. Higher doesn’t mean better, but denser coffees usually come from higher altitudes. Denser coffees have higher concentrations of nutrients, which affects the roasting and brewing process.
Processing is the treatment of the coffee immediately after harvest. Washed, Natural and Honey are the main ones, but you might see some other funky ones from time to time like anaerobic fermentation, or pulped/wet-hulled. The processing method affects the flavour profile of the coffee.
We rely on incredible, responsible and quality driven sourcing partners to broker coffees on our behalf in the market, and we want to honour that relationship by sharing their story and how it aligns with ours.
The taste or tasting notes are what we all came here for. The unique flavour profile of every coffee is exciting. We want our tasting notes to reflect the coffee but also be inclusive and easy to understand. For green coffees, we supply the sourcing partner cupping and tasting notes, but for our roasted coffees we taste them and describe them ourselves, as roasting style has a big impact on the expression of the flavours in the cup.
The date on roasted coffee is the date the coffee was roasted. You’ll probably find the roast date out of the way on the bottom of the bag.