This is a wonderful fresh and bright Washed Ethiopian coffee. Bursting with an array of ripe berries, crisp apple notes and aromatic florals.
|Apple, floral and berries
Literally translated as “Land of Many Springs,” Yirgacheffe has the ideal topography, elevation, and water sources to produce and process exceptional coffees. Everything is perfect for coffee here – the farmer community is experienced, the soil is fertile, the mountains and forests provide the ideal microclimate.
Coffee farmers in Yirgacheffe are typically multi-generational, small-scale landholders, sometimes with only a few acres of land. This particular lot was harvested by such local, smallholder farmers, who brought their cherries to Aricha washing station for sale. After sorting, the coffee is prepared using traditional washed processing – following depulping, the coffee is fermented for 12-36 hours before being dried on raised beds.
|Yirgacheffe, Borena Zone
Yirgacheffe, Borena Zone, Ethiopia
Widely acknowledged as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is highly respected in the specialty coffee industry. Ethiopia’s coffee-producing regions are hugely varied, with cup profiles that differ dramatically among each region, micro-region, or even farm. The country is the world’s sixth largest producer of coffee, with the industry employing up to 20% of Ethiopia’s population of 100 million. Unlike most coffee-producing countries, who export the majority of their harvests, Ethiopia consumes more than half of the coffee it grows.
Ethiopian coffee is usually produced in a sustainable way, with the majority grown as garden coffee and only 5% grown on dedicated plantations. This means that it is planted by farmers close to their houses and is often intercropped with other plants. It’s also common for producers to grow coffee in a semi-forest system, in which natural forest is modified with slashing of weeds and bushes for shade regulation and coffee seedlings are introduced.
Many washing stations act as cooperatives for smallholder farmers, to which they can gain memberships. Any farmer willing to join cooperative societies are able to do so without discrimination on the basis of gender, social status, race, disability, religion and the likes. These cooperative societies are democratic organisations run by their members with equal voting rights, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions.