This coffee comes from a washing-station in Chelchele in the district of Kochere in the Yirgacheffe region. Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there's a lot to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavor and character that exists among micro-regions. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness, and sparkling acidity.
Until recently, coffee grown by smallholders and co-ops in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the ECX, where lots were classified by general region, quality (Grade 1–5). In March of 2017, the prime minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing co-operatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia.
Greater traceability allows us to buy more directly from the same washing stations year in and year out and opens the potential for partnerships with individual farmers or smaller groups within a community.
We taste: berry, grapefruit, honeysuckle
elevation: 1,800 msl