Second of three Ethiopians to add to the site, and this time something completely different. I think this is the first time I have been able to stock a coffee from the Kaffa region although I have heard a lot about them.
This small lot was presented to us from a new importer for us, and we are very pleased to share it with you. I think you will agree its quite unique
As always you can buy it here
Chiri is located next to Mankira Forest, which the local people believe to be the true “birthplace of coffee”. In fact the name coffee by some is believed to have come from the regions name Kaffa (and you can understand why they might think this), although there are many theories.
Kaffa province is found south west of the capital Addis Ababa, and the regions capital city is Jimma. The region is an ideal agricultural area growing not just coffee, but maize, and many other cash crops. Although less well known than Sidamo and Yiracheffe the region is still capable of producing some amazing coffees.
But like everyone they needed some help to reach there potential. Thats why Technoserve a non-governmental organization (NGO) that are a not for profit organisation have been so active in the region, supporting the farmers in setting up washing stations and new cooperative structures. This project has revealed a new great range of coffee flavours not found elsewhere. Technoserve’s coffee initiative is a project measuring their success in the value and quality of the coffees produced and the farmers increase in their coffee income. All cooperative members qualify for second payment. This has so far contributed to a significant increase in payment for the local coffee farmers.
Total production in 2011 was about 400 bags. They have a truly unique flavor profile, different from everything else, due to their location, altitude and the native varietals of forest coffees.
In the cup you see that unique profile. Cocoa and dark chocolate collide with stone fruits and blackcurrant , with a spicy pepper finish. A delicious cup from start to finish.
Woreda/Local municipality: Decha
Varietals: Ethiopian Heirloom, “Native Kaffa Type”.
Altitude: 1730 masl
Production: Pulped and mechanically demucilaged, soaked in water and sundried.
Process: Washed Sun dried about 10 days on African drying beds
Producers: 440 smallholder