Super sweet blueberry and apple with a creamy body. Close your eyes and think of a blueberry and apple pie.
We’ve been waiting for a good natural Yirgacheffe to add to our list and finally we’ve been rewarded with something special. This coffee comes from the washing station at Beriti, which is in the village of Tore, in the famous Yirgacheffe region. The altitude and micro-region typically creates a more floral notes in washed coffees from here, balanced by a creamy citrus. The naturals like this exhibit more boozy blueberry notes and this one delivers big time.
There are about 600 producers in the region who are served by Beriti washing station, many of whom own less than 1 hectare of farmland on which they typically grow other crops like bananas and corn. The washing station was founded in the year 2000, and produces both Natural and Washed lots. Producers deliver the coffee in cherry form, and it will be sorted and prepared for processing. Washed lots are de-pulped, fermented, and washed, then given a soak for 8–16 hours for a total fermentation time of 48–72 hours. Natural and Washed coffees are both dried on raised beds: It takes about 9–12 days for the Washed lots, and between 8–20 days for the Naturals depending on the sun access and temperature.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of Arabica coffee, and there is much to love about it as a producing nation, including the incredible diversity of flavour and character that exists among micro-regions, specifically within the southwestern Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe within the region of Sidama. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide.
Until recently, coffee grown by smallholders and co-ops in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the ECX, where lots were classified by general region, quality (Grade 1–5), and escaped of most of their traceability. In March of 2017, the prime minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing cooperatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia. Cafe Imports have worked with the Beriti washing station to bring us this naturally processed gem.