This coffee comes from the Halo Beriti Washing Station in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. Around 750 smallholder farmers bring their coffee cherries here where they are collectively processed and packaged. Coffees that come through this washing station are repeatedly sorted by hand to ensure only the highest quality make it through.
This is coffee is really what you’d expect from a high elevation, naturally processed, Ethiopian coffee. It has a lot of sweetness and tart flavors of citrus and berry. Naturally processed coffees are fermented and dried in the cherry and often have bright and juicy flavor profiles, perfect for filter coffee.
You can learn more about different coffee processing methods on our blog here.
Halo Beriti Washing Station was established in 2014 and serves 750 smallholder producers, who deliver their coffee in cherry form. This particular lot is part of a "special preparation" in which hand-sorting was done repeatedly throughout the receiving and drying process, ensuring that only perfect coffees made it into the bags.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.