About Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Kochere "YirgZ"
Latest arrival May 2018, new crop coffee. This particular lot was sorted with exceptional attention to detail. The "Z" in the name "YirgZ" refers to zero defects as the coffee is sorted three times prior to shipping from origin. A bag of unroasted coffee weighs 132 pounds and there is an extra hour and twenty minutes involved in sorting each bag of coffee. This extra care enhances the clarity in the cup and intensifies the aromatics.
Kochere is a tiny area within Yrgacheffe with a washing station where local farmers can bring their coffee harvest for processing. The farms themselves are generally very small. The washing station, which acts as something of a community center, is well run. The manager takes pride in running a tight ship and insuring that the cherry coming in for processing is exceptional and sorted appropriately. A great deal of time is spent hand sorting pergamino (dried coffee in husk) for defects during its drying period on raised African beds.
Mill owner's name: Masrshu Sima
Region: South Nation
Sub-city: Kochere (Kochere is one of the districts in the Borena zone which is found 25 miles south west of Yirgacheffe town.)
Cup Characteristics: Bright, sweet, very clean, citrusy. Hints of melon. Chocolate body. Crisp with lingering finish. Particularly complex lot of Ethiopian coffee, wonderful to begin with but further enhanced by extreme sorting. Highly aromatic. A good daily coffee candidate for connoisseurs.
Roasting Notes: FC is a nice level for this coffee, taking it up to but not pushing fully into second crack. Or, at City+ the floral/lemony character is better preserved while the body will be a bit reduced. This coffee is interesting over a range of roasts and profiles.
Ethiopia coffee facts:
Population (2206): 75 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.