Ethiopia Kochere G4 RFA Organic Natural - Korcha Wet Mill

Heavy body, dried blueberry, toffee, nougat, malt chocolate
Lot # P607935-1
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The Annex
119 bags
Ethiopia Kochere G4 RFA Organic Natural - Korcha Wet Mill is available to buy in increments of 1

About this Coffee 

The Korcha Washing Station is located in the Gedeo Zone of Kochere, 428km from Addis Ababa. Kochere works with small farm holders in Boji, Kore, Buno, Baya & Reko. The Wet Mill Station has 634 farmers who produce Organic, UTZ and RFA certified coffee. Harvesting season is from October - January. At the Korcha Wet Mill, processing types vary from washed, natural, honeys and special preparations. Coffee is produced at an altitude of 1747 masl, and varietals include Ethiopian Heirlooms. 

History of Coffee in Ethiopia 

Coffee is ancient in Ethiopia, but coffee farming is not. By the end of the 9th Century coffee was actively being cultivated in Ethiopia as food, but probably not as a beverage. It was the Arab world that developed brewing. Even as coffee became an export for Ethiopia in the late 1800’s, Ethiopian coffee was the result of gathering rather than agricultural practices. A hundred years ago, plantations, mostly in Harar, were still the exception, while “Kaffa” coffee from the southwest was still harvested wild. In 1935, William Ukers wrote: “Wild coffee is also known as Kaffa coffee, from one of the districts where it grows most abundantly in a state of nature. The trees grow in such profusion that the possible supply, at a minimum of labor in gathering, is practically unlimited. It is said that in south-western Abyssinia there are immense forests of it that have never been encroached upon except at the outskirts.” 

Growing Coffee in Ethiopia 

As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is home to more species of coffee plants than any place on earth, much of it still growing wild, and much of it still undiscovered. All Ethiopian coffee is Arabica and at least 150 varieties are commercially cultivated. Traditionally, these have simply been labelled as “heirloom varietals”; however, this is changing as the Jimma Agricultural Research Center works to identify species.  Although there are a few estates in Ethiopia, 95% of coffee is grown by small land holders in a wide variety of environments, including “coffee forests” where coffee grows wild and is harvested by the local people. All specialty grade Ethiopian Coffee is grown above 4,000 feet and most above 6,000. In the highlands of Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, coffee can grow above 7,000 feet. 

More Information
Harvest Season 2020/21
Status Spot
Subregion Kochere
Producer Type Single Estate
Wet Mill Korcha Wet Mill
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Certifications Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
Growing Altitude 1600-1800m
Warehouse The Annex
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