Finally!!!! I’ve been trying to get my hands on a good example of the exceptionally rare Wush Wush varietal. After three years managed to get some.
Wush Wush is a low yield (lower then Geisha) heirloom varietal originally found in Ethiopia, now also grown successfully in Colombia. The beans tend to be small, the flavors concentrated, light and sweet.
This is an very nice coffee. Medium body, very smooth, very clean cup. Its cleanness reminds me of a Jamican Blue Mountain, but with more intense flavor. Notes of apricot, peach and brown sugar. Long, clean smooth finish. As we’ve seen with geishas, as farmers plant more, the price will come down, but for now its rarity makes it unfortuantely expensive.
I’ve included a link below to a great article on Wush Wush:
Finca Santa Maria is one of nine farms within Hacienda Cafetera La Pradera in Aratoca, Santander, Colombia. Santa Maria is run by 22 women, all heads of household, and follows La Pradera’s mission of strengthening the Santander coffee cluster, contributing positively to the community, and producing coffee in harmony with the natural world.
Finca Santa Maria is certified with the Con Manos de Mujer seal, verifying that it was produced by the hard work of women coffee producers. They share the labor of planting, tending, pruning, harvesting, and processing the coffee. La Pradera also involves both locals and visitors in the operations of the farm, inviting everyone to visit and see the hard work that the women of Finca Santa Maria have undertaken.
This lot of Wush Wush coffee underwent Honey processing. Ripe cherries are harvested with a sugar content of 20 degrees Brix. Cherries are then cleaned and sorted before being fermented whole for 30 hours, pulped, and dry fermented for an additional 60 hours. The fermented, pulped coffee is then dehydrated for 24 hours before being moved to the marquee to be dried for 15–20 days.