ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | GEDEB, YIRGACHEFFE, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | FLORAL, LEMON, PEACH, BLACK TEA
Yirgacheffe is well known for putting washed coffees on the map in Ethiopia. The classic floral and citric profile for which this region is known is highlighted and emphasized by the washing process, and we are one of many who can't get enough of them. However, this distinct and delightful flavor profile has long been at risk of being muddled by the seemingly random blending of lots of the same grade, rather than being accentuated by keeping microlots separate and celebrating each of them for the nuances in their cups.
Until recently, traceability in Ethiopia was a significant problem - it was very difficult and sometimes impossible to source coffees from a particular grower, washing station, or even region. Instead, coffees from these separate and distinct places often got lumped together as one lot, muddling the myriad of unique flavors and nuances afforded by the Ethiopian landscape. However, recent changes to export laws in Ethiopia have made that process easier, making it possible to source coffees in smaller lots from a particular region or washing station, or even an individual farmer.
The Mijane family, who has been overseeing washing stations in the Gedeb region of Ethiopia for decades, is particularly excited about these changes! They have made it one of their primary goals to export fully traceable coffee from each community in Gedeb separately, helping to preserve the uniquity of each lot. Mijane Worassa and his son, Daniel, manage the washing station at Halo Hartume where we picked up this incredible washed coffee. Here, the hand-picked cherries are de-pulped, fermented underwater for 24-48 hours, and then dried on African drying beds for 10-14 days.
We for one are so thankful for this newfound focus on traceability throughout Ethiopia, and everyone who tastes a cup of this delightful lot from Halo Hartume ought to raise a mug to the Mijane family and everyone else working to promote and support such efforts. In this cup, you're going to taste everything you know and love about that classic Yirgacheffe profile - soft florals, light fruit tones, citric and sweet. We tasted lemon, peach, and black tea, making it a coffee we intend to sip all summer - while sitting on a front porch swing, if we can find one.
Producers or Washing Station | Mijane Worassa
Process | washed
Variety | ethiopian landrace
Elevation | 1900 - 2210 masl