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About Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Worka Sakaro Grade 1
Arrived February 2022, another nicely prepared lot from Ethiopia Yirgacheffe to finish out the season.
Recent changes in the Ethiopian export laws have opened new opportunities to develop relationships with certain area suppliers who can now work directly with importers in the US and elsewhere. Mijane Woresa, who has worked in coffee for more than 30 years, recently seized on the opportunity and establish an export company along with his sons, which allows them to directly offer lots from their two washing stations: Halo Hartume and Worka Sakaro, located within the Gedeb district. Gedeb is in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region of Ethiopia, named after its major town, Gedeb. Part of the Gedeo Zone, Gedeb is bordered on the east and south by the Oromia Region, on the west by Kochere, on the northwest by Yirgacheffe, and on the north by Bule.
The Ethiopia Gedeb Washed Worka Sakaro is sourced from 410 farmers who cultivate coffee on small plots and deliver their cherry to the Worka Haro washing station. On arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days.
Hand sorting is the final step before the coffee is bagged for export.
As a family owned business, Mijane and his sons emphasize social impact in the communities where they source coffee. They have invested in more localized cherry collection sites to reduce the transportation cost for smaller producers. They have also contributed to road construction projects that make travel for everyone a bit easier, investing in school infrastructure projects and making sure the children have equipment to play sports.
These are some of the highest grown coffees in the world. This lot is virtually defect free, nearly every bean roasting evenly. We think you will find it a great representation of the region.
- Country: Ethiopia
- Region: Gedeb
- Washing Station: Worka Haro
- Owner: Mijane Woresa
- Elevation: 1650 to 2500 meters
- Varietals: Ethiopian Heirloom
- Milling Process: Fully Washed
- Drying Process: Raised beds
- Harvest Months: October - December
Cup Characteristics: Classic Yirgacheffe notes that are bright, sweet, fresh, very clean and citrusy. Floral notes, lavender, sugar cane, sweet sugary aroma, brothy body, coriander, silky texture, signature yirgacheffe spice, cumin.Complex lot of Ethiopian coffee, wonderful to begin with but further enhanced by extreme sorting.
Roasting Notes: This coffee is interesting over a range of roasts and profiles. Full City is a nice level for this coffee, taking it up to but not pushing fully into second crack. At City+ the floral/lemony character is better preserved while the body will be a bit reduced.
Ethiopia coffee facts:
Population (2020): 115 Million People
Domestic Consumption: 1.5 Million bags per year
Coffee Export: 1.5 Million Bags of 60 Kg. (132.29 lb.)
Cultivated Area: 400,000 Hectares (988,000 Acres)
-- Unwashed: October to March
-- Washed: end of July to December
Arabica Introduced: The birthplace of coffee. Oldest
recognized country of origin for uncultivated Arabica species.
331,130 (94%) Smallholdings (less than or equal to 2.47 acres)
19,000 (6%) Government
Washed: Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, Limu, Bebeka
Unwashed: Harrar, Sidamo, Djimmah, Lekempti (wild coffee
Botanical Varietals: Numerous indigenous cultivars.
About 50% of the coffee produced in Ethiopia is consumed there as the population has a rich coffee drinking culture, replete with ceremony and tradition.