The organically farmed Ethiopian Harrar may be the most unique offered by A Beautiful Bean Coffee Co. Ethiopia is said to be the birthplace of coffee. The story claims that coffee beans were discovered when the shepherd Kaldi, noticed his sheep seamed jittery and had trouble sleeping after eating berries off of a certain tree. It didn’t take long after that for the incredible aroma and flavor of the coffee bean to be discovered and enjoyed around the world. The Harrar coffee beans are some of the oldest coffee beans still in production, and the Harrar is considered to be one of the best coffees in the world. The reputation is well deserved as the natural processing method delivers a spicy, full body with an almost wine-like texture and taste. There are approximately 400 small farmers that deliver their coffee cherries to the Kubsitu cooperative where the cherry is meticulously sorted and then placed on raised drying beds in thin layers and carefully dried for 18-21 days. Normally the coffee cherry is removed from the bean prior to drying, but in this natural process, the coffee bean is dried with the cherry still on and then later sent to a hulling machine to remove the dried cherry. Because the beans are dried with the cherry intact, some of the sweetness and flavor of the cherry is absorbed by the coffee bean during drying, thus giving this coffee it’s almost wine-like consistency with distinctive fruity and honey flavors.