Tropical and floral: Passionfruit and peach
It’s been a long time coming but this is our first natural Yirgacheffe release of the year. There were a number of factors including COVID19 that together resulted in coffees from Ethiopia taking a lot longer to get to and leave the port of Djibouti than normal. We booked these coffees back in May with a July shipment and September delivery. They finally arrived in the roastery in December. Straight in the sample roaster to check quality and given the go ahead.
The Koke cooperative was established in 1975, and joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) in 2002. It currently has 1,153 member farmers. All of the members grow their coffee on plots of land under 4 hectares. By joining the YCFCU, the KOKE cooperative has benefited from being a part of a larger cooperative and a network of coffee producers. YCFCU has built schools, helped bring electricity to small villages and communities, and built bridges to make transportation safer and easier.
They process washed, honeys and naturals at the Koke Washing Station, with 10 fermentation tanks and approx 90 drying beds, each having a unique code to monitor the processing status of each lot for traceability and quality control.
This is a super clean and sweet natural. Tropical and floral, soft and sweet: passionfruit, peach with jasmine.
Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavour and character that exists amongst it's micro-regions: within the southwestern Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe, and within the region of Sidama, both areas whose names alone conjure thoughts of the finest coffees in the world. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness and sparkling acidity.
A mix of local varieties, such as native coffee of forest origin transferred to family smallholder plots. The varieties are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom, which is a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varieties based on the old strains.