|Ethiopia Sidamo Natural Amaro Gayo Organic|
• Red wine
• Earthy and Thick Body
|The Amaro Mountains are a small range separating the communities of Amaro on the eastern slopes from Nechisar National Park and the lowland tribal areas of Arba Minch. The local coffee varieties, relatively light population, waterfalls and highland bamboo forests are among the many unique features of the area.
This exceptional coffee is exported through Ethiopia’s only female miller/exporter, Asnakech Thomas. Native to the Amaro region, Asnakech decided in 2005 to return to Ethiopia and improve the coffee quality and living conditions of her community.
The coffee is scrupulously harvested, sorted, and milled at her facilities, so she has remarkable control over her crops. Amaro Gayo is a washing station where local growers bring their freshly picked, ripe cherry for processing. Asnakech is said to be very strict in selecting which coffees will be processed at her washing station and mill, choosing only ripe and ready cherry. The final step in natural processing, drying, is critically important one.
Cherries are dried on raised beds. Raised beds are a great way to dry cherries– they allow no contact with the soil, resulting in a much cleaner coffee. They also provide even aeration, in which the dry air can reach the bean from both above and below the beds. Consistency! After drying, mature cherries are sent to Amaro Gayo’s “eco-friendly” pulping machine, which uses far less water than most mills.