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"Embracing Boldness" by Paul Branton - Ethiopia Guji - Limited Edition
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"Embracing Boldness" by Paul Branton - Ethiopia Guji - Limited Edition

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URAGA, GUJI (Grade 1)

Light Roast

Notes: Mango, Grapefruit, Honey
Region: West-Guji
Altitude: 2,200 masl
Process: Natural, sun-dried on raised beds
Species: 100% Arabica

The Artist:

Our latest collaborative project with Chicago artist, poet and filmmaker Paul Branton, is an exploration into the intersection of coffee, jazz and art.

The art for this carefully selected top-grade Ethiopia natural process coffee from the Guji region is “inspired by the relationship of Miles Davis and she opened him up to new creativity," 

Paul Branton was born in 1973 in Chicago.  He was influenced at an early age by the sights & sounds of the South Side’s urban environment.  His acute awareness of his surroundings and love for storytelling guided his education, which ultimately guided his career. 

Choosing visual art as his main focus, he entered Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, majoring in Commercial Art with a strong emphasis in painting.  It was at Millikin where he also discovered a love for poetry, a strong desire for painting, eventually putting on a one-man art exhibit displaying his works. 

The art of Paul Branton is/has been exhibited throughout Illinois, including Millikin University,  South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, University of Illinois at Chicago, Gallery D’Estee, Phoenix Gallery, NYCH Gallery, Chicago Truborn, Legendary Gallery, Galleryna 19, Art Basel Miami and Hyde Park Art Center. 

More Info about Paul Branton:

Instagram: @urbanmenta

The Coffee:

The Ethiopian coffee for "Embracing Boldness" was processed by Sookoo Coffee, which is run by Ture Waji, known as “The King of Guji." Ture has strong connections to the land, its community and farmers, as he grew up in the region. After studying, he started as an export and farm manager at his cousin’s farm and company Mormora, and then later at Guji Highlands Coffee. Thanks to the trade and coffee liberalization in Ethiopia, he was able to start Sookoo Coffee, building his first drying station and exporting his first coffee under his own brand in 2018. This is our second year at Three Keys sourcing coffee produced under Ture Waje. Our Ethiopia "Ear Candy" was also produced in the same region.

This pairing of Three Keys Coffee with Paul Branton’s aesthetic is one not to miss as we seek to boldly embrace creativity and stretch ourselves in directions not yet thought of.