Ethiopia Chelchele Natural
This heirloom varietal coffee comes from the Chelchele washing station in the Kochere district of Yirgacheffe. Coffee in Ethiopia is typically grown by many small farmers who collectively wash and sort their coffees at shared stations, which is often why you see coffees from Ethiopia denoted by their regions or washing stations versus individual farms or farmers.
This is a natural processed coffee. Natural processing is when the coffee cherry is dried before the beans are removed. This style of coffee is often a favorite amongst those who seek a very modern, sweet, and fruit-forward coffee. Due to the increased contact time, many of the enticing flavors from the cherry are imparted onto the beans themselves and remain present through the roasting and brewing processes.
This coffee has a lot of sweetness with a round, creamy body. It has great berry aromas with a tart citrus-like acidity.
Region: Chelchele, Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Farm: Various smallholder farmers
Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Altitude: 1800 MASL
Processing Method: Natural
FROM CAFE IMPORTS:
This coffee comes from the Chelchele washing station, which is in the kebele, or village, of Chelchele, in the words, or district, of Kochere, in the Yirgacheffe region. Chelchele coffees tend to have a nice backbone of sweetness from toffee and/or soft nuts like almond, with a floral and citrus overtone.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically grown on very small plots of land by farmers who also grow other crops. The majority of smallholders will deliver their coffee in cherry to a nearby washing station or central processing unit, where their coffee will be sorted, weighed, and paid for or given a receipt. The washing stations serve as many as several hundred to sometimes a thousand or more producers, who deliver cherry throughout the harvest season: The blending of these cherries into day lots makes it virtually impossible under normal circumstances to know precisely whose coffee winds up in which bags on what day, making traceability to the producer difficult. We do, however, make every available effort to source coffee from the same washing stations every year, through our export partners and their connections with mills and washing stations.