Worka Chelbesa - Anaerobic Natural
ROAST | LIGHT
ORIGIN | GEDEB, ETHIOPIA
NOTES | FLORAL, CHAMPAGNE MANGO, PEACH, FRESH BLACKBERRY
In 2020 we were able to partner with Atlantic Specialty Coffee to commission three uniquely processed lots from one of our favorite washing stations - Worka Chelbesa. You've probably already enjoyed the first coffee from that project, Worka Chelbesa CM Washed.
The next coffee we have from this project is our Anaerobic Natural lot. We carried this same style of coffee from Worka Chelbesa in 2020 and were incredibly pleased with the results. Thankfully, our interest and commitment to this project meant we could purchase even more coffee this year and provide feedback on last year's process.
Ripe coffee cherries are added, whole, to large airtight tanks and left for 48 hours. During this time, natural fermentation breaks down sugars in the coffee cherries which produces lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and unique flavor compounds. Some of the most exciting flavors we have experienced in coffee come as a result of anaerobic fermentation.
After 48 hours, the cherries are removed from the tanks and spread thinly across raised beds. As the sun and wind dry the fruit and skin of the coffee cherry, further fruity flavors are imparted to the seed and are noticeable as the coffee is roasted and brewed.
This coffee tastes of bold fruits that excite us! While being quite floral on the nose, we find the pronounced flavor of champagne mango. There is sweetness similar to ripe peach, and the finish is juicy like a fresh blackberry.
Farm | Smallholder farmers organized around the Chelbesa coffee mill
Process | Anaerobic Natural
Elevation | 1800 - 1900 masl