Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Koke

Region: Yirgacheffe
Elevation: 1800 MASL
Washing Station: Koke
Varietal: Ethiopia Heirloom
Process: Natural

This cup is deliciously berry-like in flavor, with a smooth milk chocolatey note throughout.

Yirgacheffe is a small region in Ethiopia known for producing incredible coffee, thanks to its healthy soil, high elevations, and ideal growing climate. This season, we've selected a coffee that comes from the Koke washing station. This is a family owned washing station established in 2011. Since its founding, the station has undergone numerous renovations in an effort to continue offering top quality coffees. Approximately 96 small holder producers from the region, many of which are from multi-generational farming families, deliver coffee cherries to Koke, where they process using several methods.

What is Natural Process Coffee? Natural process, also known as dry process, is a method of processing that involves drying the coffee cherries in the sun while leaving the fruit of the coffee intact. This process originated in regions where access to reliable water is limited, where rain is infrequent, and where humidity is low. Today, however, natural processing occurs in many coffee growing countries.

After the cherries are picked, they are sorted through to remove the less dense cherries. The remaining cherries are then laid out in the sun on patios or raised beds. Tarps are often used to control how much sunlight they receive, preventing them from drying out too quickly. The cherries are raked and turned over throughout the day to prevent spoiling. All of this helps the coffee to maintain fruity and winey flavor notes, which come naturally from the cherry that surrounds the bean.

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