MCP #014: Desta Gola
ROASTER: Steve Cuevas
RELEASE: Desta Gola Single Farmer Lot
COFFEE NAME: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Grade 1
REGION: Gedeo Zone Southern Nations Nationalities, and People’s Region, Ethiopia
VARIETAL: Indigenous Heirloom
ALTITUDE: 1650 - 2700 MASL
PROCESS: Fully washed
SOURCED: Royal Coffee Importers
TASTING NOTES: Peach, Jasmine, Oolong
It’s not that Steve Cuevas hasn’t accomplished a lot—our featured April roaster has a list of accolades we can barely keep up with—but it’s that time isn’t something Steve really registers. “Time is not something I track. Just recently I was asked how old am I, I answered ‘32.’ My friend said, ‘No way I remember you telling me that two years ago!’ I thought about it for a second and then said ‘Oh…uhhh…I don't know!’ I'm 34 (with the help of google!). When I tell my story I'm never sure of when things happen.”
What is matchbook coffee project?
The Matchbook Coffee Project pushes the creative bounds of roasters to produce exciting and highly personal coffees. Our intention is to spotlight roasters by allowing them free reign over a coffee—not just through how the coffee roasted, but how the coffee is presented. Roasters will design logos, pick their own merchandise, and have complete say over how they want to communicate their coffee with their audience. Roasting is a highly technical and skilled profession, and through this project we hope to showcase both the unique abilities and tenacious determination each roaster has shown their craft.