Welcome to Phil & Sebastian. It’s not so much a business as it is the single-minded pursuit of a better cup of coffee. For the past decade we’ve spent most of our waking hours dedicated to the notion that coffee can and should be better than it is. We’ve travelled the world, micro-financed projects in coffee growing countries, custom built our own roaster, co-authored graduate level studies on water, and performed countless other harebrained feats in the service of our obsession. All in the hopes that the cup of coffee we pour today, will be just the tiniest bit better than the one we served yesterday.
It’s a fortunate thing if you’re our customer, and mildly unfortunate if you’re related to us. So, with the utmost earnestness, we invite you to come by one our cafes, visit a cafe that serves our coffee, or order a bag, and let us know how we’re doing. And when we say let us know how we’re doing, we mean it. Feedback can only make us better, and that’s why we’re here in the first place.
This coffee is from a private coffee washing station in the Raro Boda (neibourhood) of the Uraga district in the West Guji zone of Southern Ethiopia. I just visited Raro in December of 2019 and the place is very well run. Manager Ato Kifle is running a tight ship! Additionally, it’s at a crazy high elevation of 2472 meters. This altitude is very good for natural coffees, as it’s warm and dry during the mid-day and afternoon but cool in the night and mornings. This climate allows the natural to start drying fast, then slow down to develop beautiful fruity notes, which this coffee has in spades.