Ethiopia Kochere G1 Washed - Chelelektu (2020 Crop)

Blackberry, plum, grape, mandarin orange
$4.01 / lb $530.43 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2019/20
Apr 2020
SKU P605675-1
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About This Coffee

This is a grade 1, fully washed lot from Chelelektu wetmill in Kochere disctrict, Gedeo zone. The mill, managed by Legese Kebede, processes cherries from around 650 local smallholder farmers. Farmers typically cultivate less than 2 hectares of land and farms range between 1,900 and 2,100masl, some of the highest altitude coffee terroir in the world. 

 

THE PROCESS

 

Ripe cherries are delivered to the wetmill for careful sorting and pulping, before fermentation for 36-48 hours, depending on the climactic conditions. After this point the parchment coffee is thoroughly washed and graded by bean density before being dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12 - 15 days (until the ideal moisture level has been reached). In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process. The coffee is also covered between 12pm and 3pm to protect it from the hot sun, and at night time to protect it from rainall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is transported to Addis Ababa for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking, before being bagged in GrainPro for export.

 

THE REGION

 

The town of Chelelektu is in Kochere district (not far from Yirgacheffe town) in Gedeo zone, ‘Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ (SNNP) region of Ethiopia. It is amongst the highest altitude towns in the region. Over a number of years the region has developed a distinguised reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after microlots in world. The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent & plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees. The indigenous ‘heirloom’ varietals - which grow wild in Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavor notes which make for an unusual but refined cup, characterised by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot and hops.

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 86.5
  • Region Kochere, SNNP
  • Producer Type Small Holder Farmers
  • Wet Mill Chelelektu
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Fully washed, then sun-dried on raised African beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
  • Coffee Grade ETH CA WA YIRG G1
  • Growing Altitude 1900-2100m
  • Country of Origin Ethiopia
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
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  • CTRM Contract Number P605675-1

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