ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | NENSEBO, WEST ARSI, OROMIA, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | SWEET CITRUS, FRESH CHERRY, FLORAL HONEY
Our coffees with a bright, yellow label resemble one of our year-round blends - The Original. These washed process coffees are a representation of some of the best coffee from Ethiopia. Refisa Washed is our newest Yellow Label coffee. It shines on the cupping table with bright floral and citrus notes and it stands out from past Yellow Label coffees for its distinct fruity characteristic, uncommon in washed process coffees.
Ethiopia is one of the only places in the world where the amount of land used to cultivate coffee is growing annually, rather than shrinking. This growth is driven primarily by specialty coffee interest in and demand for coffee from Ethiopia. As a result, entirely new coffee-growing regions are being established. Coffee grown in these new regions continues to surprise and excite us. The Refisa Washing Station represents 588 smallholder coffee farms and is located in the heart of the Nensebo district in the region of West Arsi. Coffee from the West Arsi region has only been cultivated and sold within the last 5-7 years. The Refisa Washing Station is already helping this region make a name for itself in the world of specialty coffee (1/3 of the 2020 Cup of Excellence winners in Ethiopia came from the Nensebo district).
This particular lot of Refisa Washed was set aside especially for us to try. The producing team thought we would appreciate the notable fruitiness of this coffee, and we're all about it! Ripe coffee cherries were picked and floated to remove defects, then washed and soaked for 5 hours. The washed coffee was fermented for 72 hours before being dried on raised beds for 9-11 days.
Sweet citrus flavors are the first thing you will notice about this coffee. Sugars developed in the roasting process nicely complement the inherent brightness of this washed coffee. What distinguishes this coffee from West Arsi from other regions is the fruit flavors we identify as fresh cherries. The cup profile is rounded out with even more honey sweetness and florality. Please enjoy this exciting new coffee from a developing region of coffee growers!
Producer: Neguesse Debela (owner of SNAP) working with farmers in the communities of Refisa, Roricho, Bulga, and Solena
Exporters and Washing Station: SNAP Coffee | Refisa Washing Station
Variety: Wolisho and Kurume
Elevation: 1900 - 2070 masl