ETHIOPIA YIRGACHEFFE NATURAL PEABERRY Socially and environmentally sustainable
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ABOUT THE COFFEE:
Cupping notes: Sweet peach, nectarine, green melon, aromas of lilac and lime zest.
Cultivation: High grown in the mountains northwest of Yirgacheffe
Altitude: 6,000-6,500 feet
Preparation: Natural, sun-dried on raised beds
ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO GROW IT: From a great group of small farms comes this outstanding natural Yirgacheffe in an amazingly small peaberry. In her excitement about this lot of coffee, my importer dispensed with her technical coffee jargon and raved about these tiny peaberries, "They're adorable!!" Upon seeing them myself, I have to admit she was right.
Gelana Abaya wet mill is located just northwest of the town of Yirgacheffe, on the eastern slopes of the range of hills that separate Yirgacheffe from Lake Abaya. At a recent inspection by my importer, the mill facilities were tidy, the drying beds well-maintained, and the depulping machinery and fermentation tanks pristine.
Also extremely impressive was the teamwork of the workers at the wet mill. A group of a dozen or so worked together with long wooden paddles to stir up the fermenting parchment coffee before washing through the concrete channels to ensure removal of loose mucilage from the parchment. Another several dozen workers sorted drying parchment coffees together on raised beds, both groups singing in time to the rhythm of their activities.
It’s obvious from the cup that the attention to detail in processing at Gelana Abaya wet mill applies to the production of the coffee cherry at the smallholder farms. Sweet peach, nectarine and green melon are prominent, along with heavy lilac and lime zest aromatics. It’s this complexity along with the evident care invested in the coffee by the farmers delivering to Gelana Abaya that sets it apart from the scores of Yirgacheffe lots that my importer receives each year.
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