Specialty coffee’s increasing emphasis on traceability is a respectable and largely positive trend, but one should not overlook the potential for longer standing and larger scale operations to proliferate great coffees to wider markets. The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange is perhaps the most notoriously familiar of these entities, wherein buyers select and purchase “anonymous” coffees falling into a series of broadly defined categories. Though the system is riddled with problems, criticisms, and represents a degree of estrangement that much of the industry strives to overcome, skilled importers such as our partners at Crop to Cup are nonetheless able to find some truly special coffees we would otherwise never taste. This lot, which Crop to Cup has titled “Konjo”, or “beautiful” in Amharic, lives up to its name, with incredibly sticky and sweet flavors of plum, grape, blueberry and raspberry. If ever a coffee evoked a color, it very well may be the Konjo for its undeniable purpleness.