ABOUT THIS COFFEE:
FACTS & FIGURES:
Processing: Fully Washed
Producer: 800 Smallholder Farmers
Harvest: December 2016
Honey, black tea, lime, raspberry and a long floral finish. Classic Yirgacheffe filter coffee.
Nearly all coffee from Ethiopia has to be sold through the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX) and is mostly sold only by grade and region.
In recent years, the ECX has started to allow more flexibility around traceability in the Exchange which means that even though this coffee was purchased by our importer through the ECX auction, we have some knowledge of where exactly it comes from.
This lot comes from around 800 smallholder farmers in the Konga area of Yirgacheffe and was processed at the Mekuria washing station, a privately owned wet mill owned and operated by Mekuria Mergia. Farmers deliver cherry to the mill where they are depulped, fermented for 18-24 hours and then dried for around two days on raised beds. The coffee is then transported in parchment to Addis Ababa where it is milled and auctioned at the ECX.
While the ECX is not a perfect system by any means it is still the primary option for purchasing coffee in Ethiopia and many of the world’s best coffees are sold this way. All purchases through the exchange are driven by the coffees performance on the cupping table and this washed lot stood out as among the best Yirgacheffe coffees we cupped this year and demanded to be bought!
You can read more detail on the challenges of sourcing coffee in Ethiopia on the Small Batch Blog on our website here.