About Ethiopia Yrgacheffe Reko
Arrived May 2019 in grainpro. Reko is the name of a washing station in the Kochere region producing some excellent washed Yirgacheffe.
During harvest, which normally takes place between late October and mid-January, about 850 farmers bring their red cherries to the washing station. The Reko washing station is an example for neighbouring washing stations, they sustain coffee communities and deliver amazing coffee, year after year. Incoming coffee is washed with water from a nearby river, after which are pulped with an old Agard pulping-machine. The mucilage is removed by traditional fermentation, which lasts 36 to 48 hours depending on the weather conditions. The coffee is then dried on raised African beds for 10 to 12 days.
The coffee stood out because of its pronounced aroma of peach, mango, and other stone-fruits.
- Washing Station: Reko
- Region: Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples
- Zone: Gedeo
- District (Woreda): Kochere
- Altitude: 1850-2100m above sea level
- Coffee variety: Heirloom Varietals, Kurume
- Processing: Washed
- Harvest: October-January
The staff involved in securing ripe cherry and processing is well trained and educated, so a judicious protocol is followed. They make sure only ripe cherries are selected and separated by harvest time and geographic origin. That way it's known which geographic area a particular lot came from (Onancho, Debo, Shashamene, Hamma, Beloya). Reko lots are assigned to professional site managers who have a lot of experience in processing. This staff controls every aspect of lot preparation.
Reko, translated in Afaan Oromo, means challenge. It refers to the challenge of climbing the Reko mountain. But it is equally apt for it to apply to the challenge of gathering and preparing top quality lots of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. This Grade 1 is an excellent, very fairly priced example of having met that challenge.
Cup Characteristics: Bright, sweet, fresh, very clean, citrusy. Hints of melon. Chocolate body. Crisp with lingering finish. Complex lot of Ethiopian coffee with some characteristic spicy and exotic notes. 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 (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.