- Very nice mouthfeel
- Ripe red fruits
- Clean cup with notes of spices in the after taste
Variety: Mixed Heirloom, Kurume
Location: Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Soil: Fertile, red brown, loamy soil
Shade trees: Acacia, Lucinicia, Cordial Africana, Sespana
Rob Says: Remarkable that 3 from the first 5 lots of Ethiopia this season come from Kochere, Yirgacheffe. It seems that the climate has been ideal last year.
How does it works, a ‘perfect’ season: it starts with high temperature in front of the raining season and then the right amount of rain – a lot please. This gives perfect flowering and is the start of a good juicy crop. Between late October and mid January the harvest can take place for the 850 farmers who bring their cherry to the Reko Washing Station.
WE EXPECT THIS LOT OF REKO TO LAND BY MID JULY
- Clean Cup
- Milk Chocolate and Black Tea notes
Altitude: 1950 masl
Variety: Ethiopian mixed heirloom
Grading: 1 (washed)
Importer: 32 Cup Coffee Merchants
Rob Says: Thanks to Kenyacof and 32 Cup it is for the second year in a row we can lay our hands on this gem.
This is an Ethiopian Heirloom coffee, which means rather than being one varietal of coffee it’s actually a mix of the natively growing varietals of the area. It’s this mix that gives it the complexity that’s a signature of Ethiopian coffee.
The grade 1 is the highest sort of screening and bagging which helps to avoid unnecessary defective beans landing up in your bag.
- Black Tea, Berry and Tamarind notes
- Complex fruit acidity
- Very Floral
Washing Station: Werka
Processed: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1900 – 2050 masl (Metres Above Sea Level)
Variety: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Importer: Cafe Imports Europe
Rob Says: First Ethiopian coffee of the new season. We were a bit in panic when cupping the very first samples of this years Ethiopian crop cause nothing struck a cord with us. Then a couple weeks later we cupped better stuff at origin and from pre shipment samples, so after all we think this is going to be a crazy year after all. And the first one that hits our warehouse is a first timer all together; the Werka, named after the so-called coffee washing station and not the same sounding Fisher Z song from 1979. I hope you enjoy this very classic tea like, floral and fruity bean just as much as we do.
- Very Smooth
- Poppy Seeds
- (un)Ripe Apricot
Ready for a new Ethiopian Coffee, from our Direct Trade program?
After struggling in 2015 with Yirgacheffe coffee’s, we bought 3 at once on our (buying) Trip to Origin this year.
Konga is about four kilometers South of the town of Yirga Cheffe and nearby both Hafursa and Biloya. We’ve always liked the Konga micro region in Yirgacheffe for both its strong citrus and supportive stonefruit flavors of peach and apricot, and this year’s selection has this all, along with nice bergamot overtones. What do you want more?
The coffee is fully washed and dried on raised beds on very high altitude, peaking up to 2250 meters above sea level!!! Unique.
To end, a little more info on the grading : Very often a Grade 1 tastes like they washed away the flavors, but this Konga is still standing and packed with fruity, herby and seedy notes.
- Clean Cup
- Jasmin Floral Sweetness
- Black Tea notes
This Guracho coffee comes from Sidamo Guji.
Guji coffee has been receiving a lot of attention from the Specialty Coffee World lately, and for good reason.
Check this Top 5 espresso of 2014 from Caffenation.
Many privately owned washing stations have sprung up recently, in an area that has traditionally processed coffee using a natural (dry) method. The quality of the washed coffees made a big jump the last couple of years, which isn’t surprising considering the area’s close proximity to the mighty Yirgacheffe region.
‘Close’ is relative speaking in terms of travel in Ethiopia, where 100 km can mean a 10 hour drive, but the variety of terrain and culture in that short distance is incredible.