We are in the middle of lots of new coffee season. I thought it was time to therow some attention to Africa, and namely ethiopia.
It has been a while since we found new ethiopians and now we have found many. This is the very first of a raft.
Its also good timing as the Wote comes towards the end, this is a perfect replacement
As always you can buy it here
Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee. There are more than 1.1 million coffee farmers (smallholders) representing 95% of the production. The varieties are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom, which is a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varietals based on the old strains. The two main growing areas are in the west and south. Most coffees are organic by default but rarely certified.
Yirgacheffe is known for its clean, floral and acidity-driven washed coffees and “high quality” sundried with genuine and unique fruit and berry flavors. Most of the Cooperatives in the area are Organic and/or Fair-trade certified. There are mainly small family plots of both recently planted trees of improved varietals and traditional old varieties. Organic fertilizer is common, pruning less common. All cooperatives in Ethiopia belong to a Union that is the seller and exporter of the coffee. They also take care of dry milling and grading before exports. Most Yirgacheffe Cooperatives belongs to the Yirgacheffe union, but in this case the Cooperative is under the Oromia Union.
In the cup expect the normal jasmine and clean notes you have come to expect of a great washed ethiopian from yirgacheffe, but then you get the complex fruit and red berries and a lovely raspberry aftertaste.
Farm: Negelle Gorbitu Cooperative
Area: Borena, Yirgacheffe, Abaya
Varietal: Heirloom Varietals
Processing: Fully Washed dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1900-2000 mtrs
Owner: 2000 small holders