Ethiopia / Kochere
This coffee was produced by a group of smallholder farmers near the Kore village within the Kochere district, located in the Yigracheffe region of Ethiopia. “Smallholder” refers to the size of the respective lots of coffee ready for export (for this coffee, each farmer grows no more than one hectare). The region itself has a long-established, even mystical repute in the coffee industry; Yigracheffe is widely considered the birthplace of arabica coffee and is known for its abundance of coffee varieties that grow naturally in its highlands.
Up until recently, Ethiopian coffees were sold through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, where they were classified by general region and quality preventing adequate and meaningful traceability to producers at the micro scale. In March 2017, that practice was reformed to permit cooperatively owned washing stations to directly export their coffees. This change has translated to improved separation of lots according to quality and higher prices for farmers for better quality coffees.
The reform has transfigured buying relationships. By improving traceability, coffee producers receive recognition for their good work. Our friends at Café Imports sourced this coffee directly from the Boji Washing Station, where they continue to explore the potential for partnerships with individual farmers and smaller groups within the community.
This lot is comprised of Heirloom and Grade 1 varieties grown at 1795-1900 MASL. This coffee is natural processed, a traditional processing technique where the coffee cherry is passively dried to separate the seed from pulp. The extended contact between the cherry and seed yields distinctively fruit-forward coffees.
In addition to fruit, however, this lot contains malty and nutty notes. We taste tropical fruit, praline, pecan, and chocolate. Creamy, syrupy body balances out the acidity found in this delightfully nuanced coffee.
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