For members within the specialty coffee industry and fellow enthusiasts alike, we all have experienced an Ethiopian coffee from this region at least once. The first impression of a well produced Yirgacheffe coffee is unmistakable and unforgettable. Flavours rich in delectable stone fruits and berries, perfectly structured acidity, profound sweetness and floral tones to name a few of many qualities that come to mind. This coffee from Gedeb, Yirgacheffe captures some of the finest notes for specialty coffee from Ethiopia.
Coffee is typically grown on small garden-size plots and is used to supplement a family's income in addition to being grown for personal use. The Worka Cooperative in Worka operates the Halo Fafate Washing Station in Yirgacheffe, which serves around 900 smallholder farmers in the area. At the washing station, they are evaluated and purchased from the farmers. The cherries are pulped to separate the skin, during which any unripe and undesirable coffees are separated. The pulped coffee is put into a fermentation tank with spring water and left to ferment for 36-72 hours, clean water is replenished 3 times in the process. After fermentation, coffee is released to canals where it’s washed and any floaters (lighter coffees) are separated. The coffee undergoes a second stage of soaking for a brief 8 - 16 hours before being put onto drying beds. To achieve a desired moisture level, the parchment dries on an average of 9-12 days.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot. All the coffee is transported to a hulling facility in Addis Ababa to separate the impurities and defects before being evaluated, bagged, and ready for export.
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|Altitude||2050 - 2200 MASL|