ETHIOPIA / WERKA

ETHIOPIA / WERKA

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Werka

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Region: Nensebo, Sidamo
Producer: Multiple Smallholders
Altitude: 1900 masl
Processing: Fully Washed
Varietal: Heirloom

Roast Style: Filter

Known as the birthplace of Arabica, Ethiopia produces some of the worlds most exciting coffees, and the arrival of fresh crop Ethiopian coffees in the roastery is always one of the highlights of the year. Our first from the 2016/2017 harvest comes from the Gore Kone washing station in the village of Werka, in the Nensebo district.  We’ve cupped some great Ethiopian coffees this year, but this one really stood out for its intense aromatics and great mouthfeel, with juicy peach, citrus fruit and delicate spice notes.

Gore Kone is a privately owned mill, with around 800 smallholder farmers delivering coffee to the mill. The average farm size here is less than 1 hectare, and most coffee is organic by default as access to chemical based fertilisers is limited. The coffee is a mix of local varietials, such as native coffee of forest origin transferred to family smallholder plots. At the mill coffee is fermented under water for 24-48 hours, graded in washing channels and then soaked in fresh water for a further 12-24 hours, before being shade dried for 10-12 days on raised beds.