Another stunning washed Ethiopian coffee. Clean and delicate with citrus and bergamot. Particularly suited for filter brewing.
This coffee comes from the Gora Kone washing station, located in the village of Werka in the Nensebo district of the Sidamo region. The station itself has been in operation for seven years and has an estimated 800 contributing farmers registered for cherry delivery throughout the harvest period. These offerings are promptly sorted and floated to remove unwanted and unripe cherries. The prime selection is then depulped using a traditional disc pulper, washed, then dried for an average period of 10-12 days.
The station provides an income for 700 to 800 coffee smallholders. These small family farms average 3 hectares, and in addition to coffee you find Wanza and Acacia trees that shade the coffee trees. Cherries are handpicked between November and January and delivered to Gora Kone washing station.
Production process (washed):
Whole ripe cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into production. They are pulped by a disk pulper and graded in the pulper by density. The parchment is then fermented under water for 24-48 hours, depending on the weather conditions. After which they are graded in the washing channels by water flow that separates the coffee by density. Its then soaked 12-24 hrs in fresh, clean water before it’s moved to the drying tables.
Drying for the first few hours is typically under shade. The parchments is then dried in the sun for about 10-12 days on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in shade nets during midday and at night.