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Hunkute Organic | Ethiopia | Espresso

Candied Lemon & Earl Grey
Harvest: December 2021

Country: Ethiopia
Producer: Hunkute washing station
Region: Dalle, Sidamo
Process: Washed
Variety: Heirloom
Altitude: 2,000 masl

The producing region of Sidamo is one of the most recognisable names in the industry, and Hunkute is famous for producing coffees that are intensely aromatic, delicate and floral. For us, the quality produced here is consistently among the best in Ethiopia and we go out of our way to drink these coffees every year!

Located in the Wonsho woreda, close to Yirgalem town, there are over 2,000 smallholder farmers who deliver cherries to one of the two washing stations in the area. Both stations are under the same management, and coffee from both sites is marketed as Hunkute. Harvesting begins in November and ends in January, and although most coffee in Ethiopia is organic by default, this coffee is certified. 

Most farmers delivering to the station will tend to 1-2 hectares of land, with an average of 1,500 trees per hectare. The coffee here is referred to collectively as ‘Ethiopian Heirloom’, which is a mix of indiginous varieties, including a cultivar known locally as Sendancho. This coffee is fully washed, and has been processed using an Agaarde disc pulper, removing the skin and fruit pulp before it is fermented underwater, washed and graded in channels. The cool temperatures here allow the coffee to be dried slowly on raised beds, which we think contributes to the incredibly clean and complex flavours we love so much. 

The structure and sweetness of this coffee lends itself perfectly to espresso. Expect a bright, balanced and sweet cup, with notes of candied lemon and Earl Grey.