Altitude: 1800 masl
Harvest: Nov - Jan
Flavours: Cherry l Lemon l Apricot
This lot from Chelchele is a little fruitier than I come to expect from a coffee grown in the Yirgacheffe region. It has the bright citrus notes and some soft florals that we usually find but it also has some great cherry flavour and a great stone fruit note that I identify with apricot.
This coffee is pretty versatile when brewing. If you want to push the fruits you can grind finer and brew longer. If you want a brighter more floral cup grind a little coarser and brew a little faster. It always produces a complex but easy drinking cup of coffee.
From the importer:
This coffee comes from the Chelchele washing station in the district of Kochere in the Yirgacheffe region.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically grown on very small plots of land by farmers who also grow other crops. The majority of smallholders will deliver their coffee in cherry to a nearby washing station or central processing unit, where their coffee will be sorted, weighed, and paid for or given a receipt. The washing stations serve as many as several hundred to sometimes a thousand or more producers, who deliver cherry throughout the harvest season: The blending of these cherries into day lots makes it virtually impossible under normal circumstances to know precisely whose coffee winds up in which bags on what day, making traceability to the producer difficult. We do, however, make every available effort to source coffee from the same washing stations every year, through our export partners and their connections with mills and washing stations.