Mango & Lemongrass
Harvest: January - February 2018
Producer: Israel Degfa
Region: Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom, Certo & Wolisho
Altitude: 1,800 – 2,100 masl
Arrival: September 2018
Located in the high altitudes of Yirgacheffe, Qore is the name of the washing station where this coffee was processed. Owned by Israel Degfa, he employs a specific team that works with the specialty they produce at the site, ensuring correct lot separation and offering practical advice to producers looking to achieve quality improvements over time. This year, flotation systems were implemented for all cherries on arrival. Ripe cherries sink to the bottom and unripe cherries float to the top, allowing the unripe fruit to be easily skimmed off and processed separately. This not only saves on labour costs but can improve the quality of the speciality grades being produced here.
Most of the smallholders who deliver cherries to the station are tending to only a few hundred trees and due to the unavailability of chemical fertilisers, most of the coffee processed here is organic by default. All farmers are paid in full based on the current cherry prices in the area that day. Second payments are then made to farmers whose cherries were sold at a premium.
So many of the great washed coffees from Yirgacheffe are wonderfully aromatic, full of citrus and floral notes with a light, elegant body, making it one of the greatest and most interesting coffee growing regions in the world. Although the aromas of this coffee are what you might expect from this region, it’s flavours are unapologetically bold, immediately grabbing our attention at the cupping table. Harvested at the very end of the season, expect flavours of peach and sweet tropical fruit with incredible depth. This coffee is by no means simple or clumsy, it is complex and has lovely freshness too, reminding us of green apple and lemongrass.